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Not exactly top rank,
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This review is from: Octave (Audio CD)
As has been pointed out elsewhere, 'Octave' is completely different in style to all other Moody Blues albums. At times, it sounds more like a pub workout. The sound is stripped of its dramatic elements, notably the sweeping Mellotron backgrounds, while even the drumming is often perfunctory. On several tracks, the band seem to be leaning towards a similar approach to that of Justin Hayward's pal from 10cc, Eric Stewart, another band whose best work was behind them by this time. 'Steppin' In A Slide Zone' and 'I'll Be Level With You' are perhaps the only two tracks that would obviously fit in with the usual fare. The jaunty, brass-backed 'Top Rank Suite' is the most unusual. I like 'Octave' on its own terms, but for me this is nearer three stars than five.