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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.68 | 151 ratings

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2 stars A soundtrack to a powerful film. Cambodia's killing fields tell a terrifying and tragic story. So it's such a shame the music doesn't measure up to the subject matter.

There's no doubt that MIKE OLDFIELD tried. He grappled with a recalcitrant director and spent far longer on the project than he intended. But the result is juiceless: tuneless, passionless, confined by the necessities of the soundtrack format. On the surface OLDFIELD seems an excellent choice to write a soundtrack, but the requirements are specialist and the restrictions too many for a progressive musician.

The music is best described as ambient. Not because OLDFIELD has embraced the minimalism of ENO or the experimentalism of GLASS or REICH, but because everything else has been removed. The result is mechanical, sterile, almost a parody of the movie. Tellingly, by far the best track, 'Etude', is not composed by OLDFIELD.

I think its best to be listened to separate from the movie, as it's pleasant on its own, but destroys the film.

russellk | 2/5 |


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