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Mike Oldfield - Q.E.2 CD (album) cover


Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.49 | 300 ratings

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3 stars Yet current rating of this album is 'Excellent addition' but I'll say it deserves 3 stars. Why? Is it good? Yes, it is good. Is it essential? No, it is different.

Just as Platinum, this is a transitional album from first epic works with basically one track per album, forward to eightees era of songs. Here we got a couple of short tracks (well, shorter than 20 minutes of Tubular Bells), some purely instrumental, some with processed and vocoded vocals. Don't sure should this singing mean something or not, it's more like an additional instrument.

This album has very soft but still dense sound, different of both early albums (technical advances) and 80s albums (no Fairlight synthesizer). Sound and arrangement are comparable with Incantations and Ommadawn, but much simplier and more linear then early epics. Tracks Conflict and Celt features african drummers with strange rhythms - a must hear for drummers.

Not recommended for beginners, because it's not like other albums. Highly recommended for Oldfield fans, as it's not like other albums. Paradox.

Zavgorodny | 3/5 |


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