The Moody Blues: A Question of Balance
This is my favorite Moodies album. I find it thoroughly engaging. The only other one that captivates me in this way is “Days of Future Passed.” It may be simpler than its predecessors, but this is by no means simple pop. This is well-crafted music, with each song flowing into the next. It takes you on a journey of emotion, and philosophy. All the while, retaining its accessibility. You get rock, balladry, folk, and beautiful exposition. You are taken in by the grandiose “Question,” and the journey has begun. It is neatly concluded by a parable that can be applied to us all in “The Balance.” In between we are confronted by life’s twists and turns. The paradoxes of relationships, depression, our place in the universe, and beginning anew are all covered. The melodies are beautiful, and the vocals top notch.
This album has always touched me on a very personal level. I don’t expect everyone to feel the same. Although, it does seem to me that it often gets unfairly dismissed. This would be a fine addition to anyone’s collection.
Justin Hayward – guitars, vocals
John Lodge – bass, vocals
Michael Pinder – keyboards, vocals
Ray Thomas – harmonica, flute, vocals
Graeme Edge – drums, percussion