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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.51 | 381 ratings

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3 stars Fragmented, Mixed.

QEII has a lot of strong musical ideas. Unfortunately, this time they are not linked together into a seamless flow, as on his previous albums, but instead appear mostly in shorter fragments. From Incantations onward, many of Oldfield's albums have been over-laden with instrumentation, and QEII fits this description. While I like Oldfield experimenting, sometimes he is best when just playing the acoustic guitar to a simple chord progression. Furthermore, the song fragments here are interspersed with a couple of cheesy tunes and covers. Indeed, on this one Oldfield covers Abba's song "Arrival". As in the previous "I got Rhythm" flop from Platinum, the listener is left with "what was he thinking?". Saying this, the better tunes are generally very good, and if only they had been stitched into a single piece the listener would have been left with something solid. I got around this by making a cassette tape of this album leaving out the cheesy tracks. When you do this, the musicality of the stronger pieces (like "Taurus I", "Conflict" and the title track) shines through. But the fragmented nature of the album means it can't achieve anywhere near the musical greatness of his previous albums. I give this album 7.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale.

Walkscore | 3/5 |


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