In terms of variety and scale, On the Threshold of a Dream doesn't seem a huge step on from the previous album, In Search of the Lost Chord. However, the difference lies in its influences - Threshold is, in a way, a Western version of Lost Chord. Gone are the sitars, psychedelic sounds and the mystical, Indian feel. Here we have a very Western sounding album. Opening with a very cold, spacey synth, and some spoken philosophical words, the album takes the usual tour of 60s pop and experimental moments that the Moodies would slowly lose after this album.
Whilst promoted as a concept album, the theme here is a lot less clear than on their previous records. Whilst some songs have images of dreams and magic and philosophy, others seem unrelated, just being standard pop songs (Send Me No Wine and Lazy Day in particular).
The album standouts include 'Dear Diary', a slow, slightly sinister jazzy number, and the end run of the spoken 'The Dream', acoustic 'Have You Heard' and epic spacey instrumental 'The Voyage' - one of the band's most chilling and sonically impressive pieces.
All in all, a very impressive album, and an interesting step on from their earlier albums.