Header
Vangelis - Oceanic CD (album) cover

OCEANIC

Vangelis

 

Prog Related

3.18 | 63 ratings

From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Progosopher
4 stars This is one of Vangelis' most pleasant albums. I have read some reviews that said it was overly simple and boring. Maybe they said that because it is pretty. There really isn't a whole lot of complexity here, other than that provided by lush orchestrations and arrangements. Or maybe it is because the reviewers I read took themselves and the music they listen to too seriously, because Vangelis waxed more whimsical on this one than usual. The album opens with Bon Voyage, and my first impression of it was that he was trying to fit the most sound into the smallest package. The piece is soft in it lushness, and grand in its melody. It is also short. Here we have a light-classical opening which blends into the highly whimsical Sirens' Whispering. I think this is what turned on the other reviewers. The women's choir sounds more like mermaids cavorting than sirens calling. Don't take it too seriously and you will enjoy it. That's a statement you will rarely find applied to Vangelis. The majority of the album is mid-tempo and more in line with so-called New Age easy listening than any other work of his. The arrangements make it vintage Vangelis, however, and it is light years above anything you find in the New Age category. Highlights include Spanish Harbour, with its Spanish guitar, Memories of Blue, a variation on Memories of Green, and the closer, Song of the Seas, which is the perfect soundtrack for watching the sun set over the ocean while sitting on the sea-cliffs of a Mediterranean island. Too light for most Vangelis fans, I think, but still a worthy addition to the canon.
Progosopher | 4/5 |

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Share this VANGELIS review

>

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 0.02 seconds