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Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn CD (album) cover


Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

4.30 | 1333 ratings

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5 stars Ommadawn is Oldfield's best album. The approach hasn't changed compared to the previous two albums: two side-long tracks with fluidly flowing Celtic folk symphonic prog, replete with inspiration and Oldfield's sensitive playing, especially on guitars and keyboards.

The first part is just perfect and the album would have been an undisputed 5 star if the second part had been equally strong. It alternates between very slowly brooding melancholic sections and cheerful folksy tunes, featuring plenty of great vocal, synths and guitar arrangements. It's a very atmospheric track, ending on a swirling finale with a tribal percussion and gorgeous vocals and guitars.

The second part is excellent as well but, while entirely pleasant, it doesn't feature the gripping highlights of part one. On Horseback ends the album with a warm pastoral folk song, complete with a children's choir and high singalong campfire potential.

Ommadawn is the album to get if you want to discover Oldfield's qualities as an arranger and composer. 4.5 stars, probably 5 in its sub-genre.

Bonnek | 5/5 |


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