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2 stars There has been a long time already that Vangelis released albums without any surprise for the listener. This one is no exception. There are very little emotions contained in this "Oceanic".

If you like orchestrated music, harpsichord and synthetic waves sound, it might well work for you, but to my ears it sounds all cliché and boring ("Siren's Whispering"). This album is also too much classic oriented to my taste and the melodies featured are rather flat ("Dream Of Surf"). "Spanish Harbour" starts fine: a nice and melodic Spanish guitar intro announces a slight variety in this album but, unfortunately it is quite soon overloaded by orchestral stuff and ends up as a real disaster.

Each track is monochord and repetitive ("Islands Of The Orient","Fields Of Coral" or "Aquatic Dance"). It sounds as elevator or supermarket music (you pick). The man has used us to better things ("La Fête Sauvage", "Spiral" or "Antartica").

There are extremely few good moments on this album. Let's say that the closing "Song Of The Seas" can be considered as the best (?) one available.

In all, this album is rather average and can't score higher than two stars (and I'm generous). If you really want to listen to some great oceanscape music, do try the very good albums from "Land's End". It is waaaaay better than this one.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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