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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.92 | 420 ratings

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4 stars Continues exploring progressive music.

Mike Oldfield makes a little well-deserved break after Ommadawn. He comes back with this huge epic album called Incantations after 3 years of absence from releasing new works. This album looks like absolutely to Tales from Topographic Oceans in its structure. In its quality it is not so different to TFTO, too. It's not just the last very good album for long time being made by Mike Oldfield, but it is even the last somewhat good Mike Oldfield's album for long time. As a tradition for his contemporary progressive rock musicians and bands he got into a long crisis in 1980. It's unique how so much bands and musicians fell apart namely in the year of 1980, with the beginning of the 80s (with awful releases).

If we speak about this one, it is far from awful. I mean it is one of the best MO albums. He continues exploring progressive rock music with strong folk influence as he did it before. This time he uses four epics over 15 minutes and it works. It's full of passion and ideas, and contains a lot of instruments appropriate for the realization of the project. The music is charming and beautiful, but I give 4 stars, instead of 5. I have to explain why...

Really the music is charming and beautiful, and when I listened to this album for the first time I said uau!!! After that with some new listenings the albums begins to show its flaws. The most important are two. The first one being frequently repetitions and the second one being extremely spreaded musical ideas. I think this flaws are ordinary for so long album consisted of four so long songs. And yet I'm staying in front of superb album. 4+ stars

poslednijat_colobar | 4/5 |


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