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And really most of the songwriting here isn't too bad despite the complete absence of Ray Thomas along with his flute, harmonica, tambourine and sixties folk pastiche that was way too dated for what Tony Visconti formerly known as a good producer was trying to turn the group into.
Thomas doesn't get a chance to crank out anything like the chick-flick soundtrack tear-jerkers he penned for so many of the good Moodies albums, and other than a brief credit for backing vocals can't hear them but the liner notes don't lie he is nothing more than a phantom memory on this record. Anyway, back to the songs. They're not bad, at least not the songwriting and even the arrangements are decent.
And "The Spirit" sounds like a Mentos commercial, but that has nothing to do with the songwriting. The problem here of course is that there is nothing left that made the Moodies what they were other than Hayward's voice and John Lodge's songwriting, and that just isn't enough.
Besides Thomas' complete absence and Graeme Edge's synthetic replacement, these songs are also missing anything resembling orchestral arrangements, and even where the synthetic ones pop up they sound like spiced sound effects which is what they are rather than tasteful accompaniment. Every time I hear this late eighties dress-on-a-pig prog-rock schlock I just can't help visualize Don Johnson in his Miami Vice pastel-pants-and-deck-shoes-with-no-socks 80s getup.
Seriously, how did people fall for that crap? The guy was forty years old before that stupid show went off the air, and he was still being portrayed as some sort of contemporary hipster sorry, that's really dated but I can't think of a better word than "hipster". Yes, "Your Wildest Dreams" was a catchy tune. And several songs here would sound decent if they had some tasteful orchestral accompaniment, maybe a little flute, actual percussion and a couple of old prog codgers singing backing.
But it doesn't have any of those things, so in the end six and a half good songs got wasted. So sad, but can't be fixed now.
Bah, this thing is crap. Don't buy it. One star. The next one was a little better; not much, but a little. Check that one out instead. The song's music video was also named the 'best overall video' of at Billboard 's annual music video awards, quite a feat considering that Peter Gabriel's 'Sledgehammer' was released the same year.
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With many 60s bands struggling to reinvent themselves in the s, the Moody Blues came out with "Wildest Dreams", My friends at the times who consider the 60s sound out of date or their parent music even got into this single. This single was the hook for other tracks on this album.
The moody blues have shown creativity and imagination in their craft. People older than me said this album changed the sound of the band. Of course it did, it was the mid s. Justin Hayward's vocal range went from silky, smooth to terse and almost aggregated especially in "Like a Rock". This album may not go down as their best or most creative but it certainly did a great job of finding the middle between solid work and creativity. Give it a listen and I hope you enjoy the opening to the Other Side of Life.
Top critical review. Reviewed in the United States on September 11, Although I love the Moody Blues, this is not one of my favorite albums by them. It's got some great songs, but also a few that I just don't like that well. Still worth having for a true fan, however. Sort by.The Other Side Of Life by The Moody Blues When sold by xirobormamowecetinidemawal.coinfo, this product will be manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media. xirobormamowecetinidemawal.coinfo's standard return policy /5(82).