Like some of the early reviewers, I was also disappointed at first with the album. However, I recommend you do yourself a favor and give this several listens. It’s amazing, the hooks set in and then you start noticing the complexity of most of the songs, especially the ones that were far from being my favorites in the beginning. For example, my first few listens to “Lose Your Love” misled me to believe this to be a cute, if heartfelt, little song with questionable vocals, some half spoken. But on the contrary, repeated listenings have revealed instead a vocal tour de force for John. Yes, he’s taking risks here, but they pay off in an extremely powerful message. One reviewer made a comment about the last note being shaky. Well, any Moodies fan is well aware of John’s use of this forced vibrato style, most notably on “Isn’t Life Strange.” It’s actually very effective in “Lose Your Love.” If anything, I think John’s vocals have improved with age and experience (I feel the same way about Justin). My least favorite song form the start was “Love Passed Me By.” It has since moved way up on my list. “Simply Magic” is a beautifully simple song that could work well celebrating any new love, but for me it’s a perfect song describing the way I feel about my first grandchild (6 month old Lyla Jane!). From the great opening Floyd-like “In My Mind” (best played at full volume), through the closest thing to a new Moodies song, “Get Me Out of Here,” the album just gets better with each listen. My only complaint is the misuse of “light year” as a unit of time in the last cut. Since a light year is a unit for distance (about 6 trillion miles), this would be just like saying, “60 quadrillion miles ago,” which doesn’t make any sense. Oh well, I guess there’s something called poetic license. In any case, please give this album a chance. Trust me, it will get into your head and you’ll want more. John, thanks for this gift of yourself!