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Blue and moody,
This review is from: Spirits Of The Western Sky (Audio CD)
Although touring frequently with the revitalized Moody Blues Justin Hayward seems a rare guest in the studio. This being his first solo album since 1996. And not a whole lot of M.B. records either in this time.
What we get here is classic Hayward, well-written songs, heatfelt and clever lyrics mostly about romantic love. And mostly with his peculiar branch of touching melancholy. His dreamy guitar all over the place, supported by Anne Dudley's string arrangements. Most songs slow to mid tempo perhaps the album could seem a bit boring at first listen. But this is real Songs that slowly but surely grab the ears and work their way into the 'subconscious', keep rotating on the inner jukebox.
We do not hear that much of the psychedelic pioneer, but there is an udeniable undercurrent of unobtrusive sprituality on this beautiful low-key album. Not a big come-back or a radical new direction - except for some country influence in 3 of the songs amongst them a reworking of "Broken Dreams" - it is more like a thoughtful letter from a long-time, treasured friend.
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Initial post: Feb 26, 2013 7:33:22 AM PST
Can you tell me if the CD contains the lyrics? Thanks!
Posted on Feb 26, 2013 7:47:05 AM PST
Lee Roschen says:
Can't wait to get my own copy! Thanks for this excellent review....
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013 4:44:14 PM PST
Computer Tech says:
No, the cd does not contain the lyrics. It is a 3 page liner, but no lyrics.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2013 5:24:12 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 27, 2013 4:42:05 PM PST
Simone Brenneman says:
So far I have listened to the first 6 songs but can't move beyond them yet - it is just too much of a treasure to have new material from Justin. I want to savour every moment. Every song is so incredibly smooth, deep and simply and remarkably - beautiful. The storyteller continues to enchant us with his songs. There is no one like Justin Hayward and his lifetime of music, and his positive philosophies have made him the most influential person in my entire life! I'm sure I am not alone in expressing that thought. Thank you Justin for giving us more of you.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2013 1:24:37 AM PST
Joh Koster says:
No Alan, pitty
Posted on Apr 17, 2013 8:29:23 AM PDT
This is a brilliant and well written review. I wish there were more thoughtful and erudite reviewers on Amazon.
I'm looking forward to receiving my CD very soon. I am also contemplating buying the vinyl edition.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 11:38:12 AM PDT
Bodhi Heeren says:
thx for your kind words :-)
Posted on Aug 18, 2013 12:02:03 PM PDT
Have the CD, but saw him i concert last nite doing some great old songs, and new ones from 'Spirits of The Western Sky,'- if you are a fan, I think you are sure to love this!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2014 10:53:28 PM PST
Lee Roschen says:
My CD copy of Spirits DOES NOT.