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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

2.72 | 145 ratings

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2 stars Stepping in to a Dull Zone...

I own this on cassette and have played it a grand total of once. It is not a good album by any stretch of the imagination. Moody Blues really became mediocre Blues towards the 80s and the magic had all but disappeared. There are still some mystical moments of grandeur as always but it is quite sporadic. Steppin' in a slide zone is the best thing on it and admittedly is one of my all time favourite Moody Blues tracks. After this the rest blurs into a forgettable menagerie of tender but dull tracks.

Relistening to this for this review was not a pleasant experience. Nothing resonated with me at all. Had to fall in love is poppy sap, Driftwood drifts along aimlessly, and I'm your man is just plain nauseating. It is a pity because the band are so capable of brilliance. Justin Hayward has a superb voice and I love what he has done in the early Moody Blues releases. Unfortunately nothing jumps out here although parts of the album are very good, especially One step into the light and the opening single. This is one to skip and grab the opening track on a compilation rather than waste cash on this piece of fluff.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 2/5 |


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