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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.96 | 646 ratings

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3 stars Hergest Ridge is the second full-length studio album by UK progressive rock artist Mike Oldfield. After the huge succes of his now classic debut album Tubular Bells (1973) Mike Oldfield decided to make another album with only two side-long tracks.

The music on the album is atmospheric, ambient and pleasant ( almost no drums). Unlike the more busy ( well relatively busy) and multi themed music on Tubular Bells the music on Hergest Ridge is a bit more ambient and the main themes are developed over a longer period of time. Mike Oldfield again plays almost all instruments and again itīs hard not to be impressed with the end result. What a skilled musician. He was only about 20 years old at this time and already rather mature both as a musician and as a composer.

The production is pleasant and warm.

Hergest Ridge isnīt really to my taste as it tends to quickly become background music for me. The music would be very suited as movie soundtrack music IMO. Itīs clever and intelligent though and do deserve a BIG 3 star rating. Itīs my taste in music that prevents me from giving this album a higher rating not the quality of the music.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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