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Justin Hayward's "View from the hill",
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"LOST ITS WAY": Sorry to disappoint all you MB fans out there, who (like myself) are also long-standing JH & JL fans, but "keep your money in your pocket" on this particular offering. Sorry, it's way WAY under par in my opinion!
I decided to expand my extensive MB/JH/JL CD collection to include this offering:
The album is obviously written with an eye to our American cousins. Overblown, multi-dubbed, electro-synth. keyboards & programming dominates most tracks. Also, I have to say it, most of the songs aren't esp. tuneful, (strange for Justin, who is usually a master songsmith. His earlier and more accoustic numbers are VASTLY superior, as are most vintage MB offerings.)
Most of the written customer reviews I read before purchase proved 'codswallop' in my opinion,(I'm being polite here.) I should have saved my £s'. Best track, which IS excellent, is "Broken Dream", then "Billy". Nearest sound to the old JH/and MB accoustic is "Children of Paradise".
That's it folks. 'Pass' on this one..
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2014 21:54:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Nov 2014 22:06:18 GMT
Funny how tastes differ. On a US tour interview in the late 90s, Justin Hayward called this his best work, which got a cynical "He would say that, wouldn't he?" from me. When I heard the album, however, I found myself agreeing with him, with Justin, that is. As a songwriter he has dared to venture into social commentary in "The Promised Land", "Something to believe in" and "Billy". This last track can be hard to take if all you want is to escape, but that's a tribute to Hayward's treatment of the subject matter. Now in 2014, Promised Land should be played on every radio station at least once a day to balance this fear of the foreigner that the Powerful in the media are promoting.
For the reviewer to say most of the rest isn't tuneful is frankly incomprehensible to me. Far from being damaged by the years, JH's voice seems somehow - unfettered, even confidently soaring. He outgrew the Moodies on this album and it's a tribute to the man that he has never given up on his mates since then. I listened to View from the Hill (on repeat, of course) all the way from Munich to Reims in the car and didn't tire of it.
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