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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.78 | 115 ratings

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2 stars A slight step up from 'Tr3s Lunas', but still well short of enjoyable.

Though this is downtempo electronica in the main, occasionally MIKE OLDFIELD gives us a glimpse here of the old fire. It almost seems accidental, as though he got the BPM wrong on a few songs. There are some truly wonderful chill-out electronica albums available, including much of THE ORB'S early output, and the KLF'S 'Chill Out' album. Much of this genre is quite progressive: THE ORB has been compared to PINK FLOYD and TANGERINE DREAM. Head in that direction if you want electronic music to enfold you in warmth and lift you into a heightened state of consciousness. All that 'Tr3s Lunas' and 'Light + Shade' have demonstrated is that OLDFIELD simply doesn't 'get' the whole notion of downtempo electronica.

Oh yes, on some tracks he plays guitar. It almost makes it worse, reminding me of what he's capable of. Glimpses of genius, but no more than that, and a grudging two stars.

russellk | 2/5 |


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