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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.93 | 147 ratings

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4 stars One of the most underrated releases from Mike ! Guitars is my favorite and the most original of Oldfield's album from the 90s. Music, sounds and rythms here are entirely made with guitars. The record alternates inspired rock, blues, floating and melancholic passages, all instumental and all in his own style.

It opens with Muse, a short but nonetheless beautiful song, to go on with one of the highlights of the disc, Cochise, displaying Mike Olfield's well known music signature with various kinds of guitars, featuring floating, soft and energic moments. This tune rocks ! In contrast, Embers is much more calm and spacey, whereas the little magic Summit Day could have well escaped from The Songs of Distant Earth. Then come the rock parts of the album with the hard bluesy Out of Sight and its catchy melody. Very refreshing and efficient ! Electric guitars stay for the melancholic rock of B. Blues, another powerful highlight of Guitars. Oldfield re-discover his 70s'spirit with the mini-epic Four Winds, changing from rock to enchanting and far-west ambiances ! It even has sitar on it. You fell like riding a horse in a desert at the end of the song. The next track, Enigmatism, is another little gem of acoustic guitar, very floating and mysterious. The flaws here are undoubtly the two final tracks, Out of Mind and From the Ashes, which are respectively repetitive and lazy...

Behind its audacious concept, Guitars truely contains great passages and shows that Mike has always something new to offer without losing his touch and his identity at any moment. Little progressive, but nevertheless a surprising and enchanting album !

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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