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Q.E.2

Mike Oldfield

 

Crossover Prog

3.49 | 202 ratings

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Frankie Flowers
3 stars QE2 deserves three and a half stars because it's very good, with a kind of music that's very hard to classify. Oldfield just seems to create sounds of his own as always, particularly from his guitar playing. Though while providing us with a handful of instruments (harps, african drums, mandolin, tambourine ..) he seems to dig out some of his celtic roots among the other wonderful cross-over of styles. It's very enjoyable music, from the happy energetic "Celt" to the short, melancholy "Molly". The finest moments here for me are "Wonderful Land" (which was interestingly a Shadows cover), "Mirage" and "QE2". I especially love those real horns which were replaced by synths in the next album. The one other cover on this album was "Arrival" by Abba. Some fans dont like the idea of Oldfield sticking these two covers on the album, but I don't have a problem with that. The Shadows responded to Mike by covering Moonlight Shadow some years later. Often such good music is not so commercially succesful but this album reached the no.1 spot in German album charts. Nice stuff. Good for your collection.
Frankie Flowers | 3/5 |

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