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Album Review

The View from the Hill mostly showcases some of Moody Blues vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward in excessive form, though its best tracks may alone be worth the price of admission for serious fans. The album opens with the engaging "I Heard It," a catchy number whose electronic flourishes recall the Moodys' "Your Wildest Dreams." Up next is the album's clear highlight — the ethereal, hypnotic "Broken Dream," which boasts a flamenco-spiced guitar and a prominently mixed vocal that ranks with Hayward's finest. From there, The View from the Hill is mostly filled with lyrics about "pockets full of dreams," "the dark of the mystic night," and "sadness in your eyes."

Customer Reviews

Justin Is Great!

I love this album. The great songs of this album are “Way of the World” and “Troubadour”. Even though this album is a lot softer than the music he made with The Moody Blues in the late 1960s and1970s, it’s still fantastic. He truly is one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Apple Review is Pretty Lame

Really? After Broken Dream it's all down hill? Sounds like someone had a deadline, listened to the first two songs, and mailed in their review. Gosh it must be hard reviewing music...

All annoyance aside, this is a great album. I wish Justin was more prolific, but what he has released has been pretty darn good (except for Night Flight, could never really get into that one). One of my favorite songs period, not just a Hayward song, is Shame...great stuff!

I think anyone who likes the Moody Blues will like this. Sometimes Less is More pushes it, it's almost too sappy even for a die hard Hayward fan like me. Other than that the album is strong from top to bottom. For $9.99 you've got nothing to lose here; trust me though, you won't regret your purchase.

Great songwriter

He's truly one of the best singer songwriters of any era. His music touches your soul and you feel it.

Biography

Born: October 14, 1946 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England

Genre: Rock

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

Justin Hayward (b. Swindon, October 14, 1946; full name David Justin Hayward) got his first guitar at age nine. In 1965, he joined pre-Beatles English rocker Marty Wilde as a member of his backing band, the Wild Cats. By the end of 1965, Hayward had four songs that he felt ready to record on his own, which led him to former skiffle king-turned-producer Lonnie Donegan. Released by Pye Records on the last day of 1965, Hayward's solo recording debut, "London Is Behind Me," failed to make an impact on...
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