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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.95 | 619 ratings

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4 stars Mature, poetic, the smell of morning.

As good as Tubular Bells was, this record I have found to be more soothing, artistic, and complete. It's mellow, but never gets too ambient to lose interest. Pt 2 I find to be more dense and spiritual and overall a better journey than Pt 1.

The music is soothing, soulful, and builds upon the style established from Tubular Bells. The choir at the end of Pt 1. I am not especially fond of the choir at the end of pt 1, seeming a bit too out of place on a record like this. The second half creates a hypnotic, droning like effect that really sucks the listener in, be prepared for some symphonic style wonders.

An improvement in sound and quality, Hergest Ridge is an excellent record in the instrumental rock field that, as others have noted, really shines towards the end.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |


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