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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

4.06 | 548 ratings

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The Lost Chord
5 stars 10/10 Masterpiece

Well, this is definitely an earned change of mind, considering I previously scored this album much lower...Mike has earned this masterpiece score by pounding this into my ears recently non-stop! I have now listened damn good and hard to this one, because I initially thought it was "great" but didn't enjoy certain parts, which I can still understand why. Why, then? Well, it is not as accessible as most music, let alone most of what I have heard by Mike. But it takes a few listens and an open ear to really get into this journey of music. Also, I mean, it is one gigantic song, so splitting it up and trying to make a solid construction out of the whole thing is very difficult. Alas, I think I have made that solid construction, considering I have chills all over myself as I listen to this.

Do not approach this album expecting peacefulness all together, or some melodic atmospheric cake like Ommadawn. Most of the sections on here are pretty powerful, and uplifting. There is a recurring main, epic theme that is HANDS DOWN (from what I have listened to by him as of 10/25/07) his best melody I have heard. The theme is just beautiful and mind blowing. Now, there are a few odd items in here, like weird voices saying strange things time to time, which was something I had to get used to...but I now see them as almost necessary to the whacky little melodies behind them...and this all fitting perfectly to the atmosphere of just a giant hour long epic full of various changes and ideas. I am having trouble staying coherent reviewing this album because I love it so much and it is so crazy, so I will sum this up now quickly. If you like Mike's stuff, or if you have an open mind/ear for music, BUY THIS ALBUM. You will not be dissapointed.

His best work ever? Maybe, as for now...nevertheless, this is perfection in another great form, beautiful!

The Lost Chord | 5/5 |


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