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Sally Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.48 | 12 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Sally Oldfield second album came only an year after her stunning debut. Sophomoric albums are always something of a challenge for the artist, since the famous motto say: you have all your life to write your first record, but only six months to come up with the second. Worse still if the debut was a big success and you have the extra pressure to bring out something of the same calibre or superior. I guess the fact that the single Mirrors (from her debut) was an international hit only made things harder. Too much too soon?

Even 30 years after its release Easy sounds like a bunch of leftovers from Water Bearer. Compared to it, the songs seem weaker and the arrangements a little more conventional. Not that it doesnīt have some really great songs, like the opener Sun In My Eyes, a truly magnificent love hymn in all its glorious simplicity. Sons of The Free is another powerful tune that has all the right elements to make a classic: great hook, very inspired chorus, tasteful arrangement and a great performance of all involved, specially Sally herself using her trademark multi tracked vocals for terrific effect. Hide & Seek is a highlight too, with its folkish atmosphere and reminding me of her brother Mikeīs best works.

The remaining tracks unfortunately are not par to those three and the placement of boring tunes like Answering Me at the beginning of the CD, leaving the strongest cuts at the end of side B of the original vinyl certainly didnīt help matters. Maybe things could be better if she had a little more time to work out her repertoire before entering the studio. But considering her inexperience as a solo artist and the pressures to follow the success of Mirrors, I think she did a quite good job in such short period.

Conclusion: still very good effort by this talented artist. 3,5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |


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