The Other Side of Life
|The Other Side of Life|
|Studio album by the Moody Blues|
|Released||21 April 1986 (US)|
|Studio||Good Earth, London|
|the Moody Blues chronology|
|Singles from The Other Side of Life|
The Other Side of Life was the third recording with Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz and the first for flutist and vocalist Ray Thomas not to play a major role. The main songwriters were vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge, with only one song, "The Spirit", composed by Moraz and drummer Graeme Edge. The music on the album is characterized by the heavy use of synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines, to the point that it could be classified as synth-pop, a sharp change in style for a band that had stood at the origins of symphonic rock.
Anthony DeCurtis in his review for Rolling Stone suggested that the album for the most part "plays to the Moodys' longstanding musical strengths: luscious symphonic textures; rich, stately melodies; and densely overlaid vocal arrangements" and praised the band for successfully avoiding pompous lyrics, which he felt were present only on "The Spirit".
|1.||"Your Wildest Dreams"||Justin Hayward||4:52|
|2.||"Talkin' Talkin'"||Hayward, John Lodge||3:56|
|3.||"Rock 'n' Roll Over You"||Lodge||4:51|
|4.||"I Just Don't Care"||Hayward||3:29|
|5.||"Running Out of Love"||Hayward, Lodge||4:25|
|6.||"The Other Side of Life"||Hayward||6:53|
|7.||"The Spirit"||Graeme Edge, Patrick Moraz||4:19|
|8.||"Slings and Arrows"||Hayward, Lodge||4:29|
|9.||"It May Be a Fire"||Lodge||4:57|
The Moody Blues
- Justin Hayward – vocals, guitar
- John Lodge – vocals, bass
- Patrick Moraz – keyboards
- Ray Thomas – backing vocals
- Graeme Edge – drums, percussion
- Tony Visconti – producer, engineer
- Alwyn Clayden – art direction, design
- Bruce Gill – design
- Michael Hoppen – photography
- Karl Lloyd – illustration
|Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)||46|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||65|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||56|
|UK Albums (OCC)||24|
|US Billboard 200||9|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- "The Moody Blues | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
- "The Moody Blues Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
- "American album certifications – The Moody Blues – The Other Side of Life". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.