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Great album!

Like some of the early reviewers, I was also disappointed at first with the album. However, I recommend you do yourself a favor and give this several listens. It’s amazing, the hooks set in and then you start noticing the complexity of most of the songs, especially the ones that were far from being my favorites in the beginning. For example, my first few listens to “Lose Your Love” misled me to believe this to be a cute, if heartfelt, little song with questionable vocals, some half spoken. But on the contrary, repeated listenings have revealed instead a vocal tour de force for John. Yes, he’s taking risks here, but they pay off in an extremely powerful message. One reviewer made a comment about the last note being shaky. Well, any Moodies fan is well aware of John’s use of this forced vibrato style, most notably on “Isn’t Life Strange.” It’s actually very effective in “Lose Your Love.” If anything, I think John’s vocals have improved with age and experience (I feel the same way about Justin). My least favorite song form the start was “Love Passed Me By.” It has since moved way up on my list. “Simply Magic” is a beautifully simple song that could work well celebrating any new love, but for me it’s a perfect song describing the way I feel about my first grandchild (6 month old Lyla Jane!). From the great opening Floyd-like “In My Mind” (best played at full volume), through the closest thing to a new Moodies song, “Get Me Out of Here,” the album just gets better with each listen. My only complaint is the misuse of “light year” as a unit of time in the last cut. Since a light year is a unit for distance (about 6 trillion miles), this would be just like saying, “60 quadrillion miles ago,” which doesn’t make any sense. Oh well, I guess there’s something called poetic license. In any case, please give this album a chance. Trust me, it will get into your head and you’ll want more. John, thanks for this gift of yourself!

Long time coming

I bought this CD out of loyalty. C'mon, after all these years only 8 songs? About half the songs are pretty good and the rest are forgettable. The "reunion" of Ray and Mike on Simply Magic is underwhelming. Ok, it's a fine if simple song, but where are Ray and Mike? This could have been a big deal for fans. And, since it's been ages since a decent Moodies album, I had high hopes for John's new music. So, the CD is ok for fans. It won't make much of s ripple otherwise.

Never mind

Lodge's voice has not held up well over time. I really, really wanted to like this album. The instrumentals are decent especially on the first track, but I wouldn't buy the album. I'd buy the entire Moody Blues catalog and re-listen to them all the way through!

Biography

Born: July 20, 1945 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The bassist for the Moody Blues since 1966, John Lodge has been responsible for some of the band's best hard rock numbers, most notably the single "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)," which marked a split with the group's previous image as a psychedelic outfit; "Ride My See-Saw," which has been a favorite concert finish for more than 40 years; their comeback single, "Steppin' in a Slide Zone"; and "Gemini Dream," a major hit for the group during the early '80s. John Lodge was born in Birmingham,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: May 05, 2015

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