Moody Blues – Keys of the Kingdom

 This was the last studio album the Moody Blues released until 1999, and it was indicative of the problems they were encountering around this time – namely, a lawsuit from dismissed keyboard player Patrick Moraz alleging that he had been denied his fair cut of the band’s financial gains – and the results of the decision against Moraz. Despite the fact that Moraz tried to sue for way too much money on a very flimsy case, the thought that ambassadors of musical goodwill might not be as good-intentioned as previously thought probably didn’t help sales. Still, it contains one gorgeous bona-fide Moodies classic, “Bless The Wings”, and leads off with “Say It With Love”, which is at least up to the standards of Long Distance Voyager. Other than that, this 2 out of 4album seems unbalanced. Whether the hasty departure/dismissal/who knows? of Moraz left a gap in the group’s sound – which I think it did, if you compare Keys to, say, Other Side Of Life or Sur La Mer – or there were other internal difficulties, it’s hard to say, but after the previous two albums this one is a letdown.

Order this CD

  1. Say It With Love (3:55)
  2. Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back) (5:10)
  3. Is This Heaven? (4:04)
  4. Say What You Mean (Part I) (3:47)
  5. Say What You Mean (Part II) (1:52)
  6. Lean On Me (Tonight) (4:56)
  7. Hope and Pray (5:03)
  8. Shadows on the Wall (5:06)
  9. Once Is Enough (4:02)
  10. Celtic Sonant (5:00)
  11. Magic (5:12)
  12. Never Blame The Rainbows For The Rain (4:57)

Released by: Threshold
Release date: 1991
Total running time: 53:04