Author: John A. Kuczma (Marietta..
Perhaps the biggest problem with Natural Avenue is that it doesn't sound very natural. After four decades in one of rock's most successful bands, John Lodge without Justin Hayward sounds somehow incomplete. That's unfortunate, because there are four very palatable songs on this album; Natural Avenue, Summer Breeze, Carry Me (probably the highlight), and Street Cafe.John's solo effort shows that he is definitely the rocker of the Moody Blues, even though their influence is apparent in several of the cuts.To really enjoy Natural Avenue, the listener must eliminate any preconceptions or expectations. It's not the Moody Blues, it's not the Blue Jays and, if you give it half a chance, it's not half bad.