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Strange Times by The Moody Blues A Must For Moody Blues Fans! It figures that the Moody Blues dignified brand of pop rock would age well. The groups second studio album of the 1990s--its first in eight years-- reveals a veteran foursome still capable of delivering sophisticated goods in a satisfying manner. The 57-minute package, the first self-produced recording the group has released since this current lineup formed in the mid-60s, takes a yearning, cautiously optimistic view of our modern state of being and adorns it with a pleasant sheen of mature energy. The sound ranges from politely symphonic to playfully Beatle-esque. Strange Times, in fact, offers a few nods to the Moody Blues storied history, even including a spoken-word coda by Graham Edge à la Days of Future Past. (The poetic content is a bit baffling, though.) Justin Hayward is in fine voice, and the albums uptempo pieces (Foolish Love, The One, English Sunset) rate as highlights Though a touch too sweet in places, Strange Times is an engaging listen for long-time fans. --Terry Wood My beloved Moody Blues aren't the spring chicks they once were but then neither am I. They're a lot older and grayer, but don't seem quite ready for their rocking chairs. They would all qualify for the senior citizen discount at any of the local buffet restaurants in my area, but I don't see 'em parking in the handicap spots- not yet anyway. Like the old cliche says they are like fine wine, only getting better with age. Indeed they have aged well, hence the title for my review. I am not going to give an in-depth, song by song review here, just a very brief synopsis on the album as a whole. I have to give 'Strange Times' 5 stars because it is a truly beautiful piece of work by the marvelous Moodies. Their singing and songwriting are as great as ever, their music still sounding like the Moody Blues. Justin Hayward: what can you say, the man is indeed amazingly gifted and advancing years haven't diminished that at all. He is in top form here in this work. The man certainly knows how to pen great songs and then sing them like no one's business. He leaves me in awe sometimes at just how he does it. The one thing, the only thing that 'ST' didn't provide me was a rocking tune by my favorite rocker, John Lodge. That was a shock to me, as I can always count on "Johnny B. bad" to rock my world- at least once per album. Lodgie has been the rocking soul of the Moodies since 1966 and I cannot imagine them without him, and this album shows me exactly how much I would miss that. Perhaps John moves to the beat of a slower drum these days, at least in what he puts on paper. He still rocks it on stage, though. Regardless, his work on this album is superb, bringing out his loving romantic side. Listening to his sweet airy voice in my headphones is........ aaaahhhhh. For that pleasure alone, I can forgive him for not letting me get my groove on to his driving bass line. Bottom line: The Moody Blues are still The Moody Blues, wrinkles and all. They have been giving us joy for over 40 years with their talents and music. I know the world is a better place, simply because their voice is in it. This album is a must-have addition to any Moody lover's collection. Enjoy! For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Strange Times by The Moody Blues - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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