Mike Oldfield - The Songs of Distant Earth CD (album) cover


Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.75 | 226 ratings

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4 stars This concept album based on the Arthur C. Clarke album of the same name finds Oldfield playing David Gilmour-esque guitar over a serene, somewhat New Agey musical backing, with occasional speech samples in the style of Amarok slipped in here and there to offer a narrative. To be honest, I don't think it's very successful as a concept album, not least because the mood evoked by the tracks sometimes flies in the face of what is supposed to be happening in the story - the destruction of Earth seems just as blissful and relaxed as any other incident. But as an album of relaxing background music with a bit of progressive teeth to it, it's actually pretty good.
Warthur | 4/5 |


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