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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

4.06 | 550 ratings

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4 stars A hodge podge of intelligent and interesting sections, but ultimately fails to come together as a whole.

This album has some of my favorite moments of music, but it's very disjointed and doesn't build enough on what I would consider superior sections of the music. The beginning for one, is perhaps the highlight of the album, as the first 5 minutes or so are absolutely stunning in terms of quality and musicianship, especially when the Spanish flamenco-like dance pattern comes in.

Low spots like the repetitive "happy" drives me nuts. I can understand Mike's desire to make something virtually unsellable, but this basically spoils the wonderful backing music during these mock vocal sections. Overall, the album is better than Tubular Bells, but not as good as Hergest Ridge, which I consider the superior Oldfield work. If you're a fan of any kind of instrumental music or multi-instrumental efforts a la Gentle Giant, this is strongly recommended. However, I can't help but think that if a bit more thought was put into the release and less frustration with the recording company, that this could have been something much greater than it already is.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |


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