Tuesday, February 8, 2011

JDIZZY's 365 # 271: Question

Question - The Moody Blues (1970)

It is with great sadness and trepidation that I confess to you all that until a few short years ago...... I took The Moody Blues for granted. I owned Days Of Future Passed, as every music nut should, but the rest of their work was foreign to me. What a surprise it has been in these recent times to discover how good this band really was. A classic album is one thing, but The Moody Blues actually released about 10 of them from 1965 until 1981, with some great eighties pop singles released later in that decade. A Question Of Balance, from the dawn of the seventies, would be the next disc I would tell the Moodies' novice to check out. It is a conglomeration of thoughts and worries, a protest album by an orchestral prog pop band. The leading single is today's choice, and it burns with acoustic strummed fire, asking what the hell we can do to fix this mess we call modern life. It is a call to arms that should become a public service announcement in these times as well. Listen to the song's doubt, its hopefulness and its anger as it begs for absolution in a world gone upside down and tell me its not a rallying cry for this already blighted new century as well.

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