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I'm at odds with fellow reviewers who rate this album poorly by comparison with their others. In particular, I feel that it's far superior to 'Days Of Future Passed' which is really only half Moody Blues in any case. Otherwise, I think it takes a lead from the things they did well on that album, while binning the intrusive Eastern touches on 'In Search of the Lost Chord'.
The band are generally thought of as a leading prog outfit, presumably because of the conceptual nature of their work, but this is really an album of three minute songs. There are the usual fragments of Graeme Edge's poetry and a short suite of tracks from Mike Pinder, but otherwise no odd items. The mellotron-underpinned sound that gives their music an epic sweep is also present.
Their songwriting skills show evidence of maturity too. Ray Thomas's 'Dear Diary' not only features a gorgeous bluesy flute part, but some wonderful black humour, pitting every day actions against global ones: 'Someone exploded an H-bomb today, but it wasn't anybody I knew'. His 'Lazy Day' is good too, but he's lucky Ray Davies didn't sue him for the plodding beat and references to Sunday roasts and buttered scones. Justin Hayward and John Lodge provide three straight beaty rockers and Mike Pinder's material is a major leap forward from the previous album, especially the closing tracks.
In a run of albums of good quality, 'On The Threshold Of A Dream' is, in my opinion, one of the Moody Blues' best.