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A STEP AWAY FROM 'THE MOODIES',
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This review is from: Songwriter (Audio CD)
Following success with the Moody Blues and with John lodge in Blue Jays, Hayward steered a wholly different course as a soloist. The songs on here are strong and well crafted, justifying the title of the album, 'Songwriter'. There are some nice orchestral arrangements and beautiful vocals, but the sound has deliberately moved away from the close harmonies of the Moody Blues, afirming that Justin can make a good record both with and without his band mates. The album has four worthy bonus tracks but for me, loses a star for a rather saccahrin 'Raised On Love', complete with singing kiddies! That aside, it is a VERY good album indeed and is to be recommended.