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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.96 | 211 ratings

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3 stars This is another guitar-oriented album from Steve Hackett. This time he is full in command and develops both acoustic and electric pieces.

When you listen to "Cochise", this album sounds almost as an old Oldfield work. Reminiscent of his great and early works. But moments like this one are scarce on this offering. The problem being that this is a too synthetic music to be true and emotional. Cold, properly played of course, but soulless I'm afraid.

Neither fans of the early days or from the latter ones could be really enthusiastic about such an album. The relative dull and repetitive mood prevails during "B. Blues" for instance.

This album is not a bad one (as "Heaven's Open" was) but there are very few (one?) brilliant pieces of music. I totally agree with Easy Livin' when he mentions that some tracks could have been integrated in some more elaborate of his works like "Four Winds" which is another fave of mine here.

All in all, it a decent work from Mike. At least, it changes from the bells theme, right? But I can hardly be concentrate from start to finish with this offering. Most of the times, ambient music is what you'll get. None of the tracks are bad, but none will bring you to heaven, for sure.

Like Steve, Mike is extremely gifted but won't always deliver. Five out of ten probably. OK, I'll round it up to three stars. But only because I like his work more than the average fan.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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