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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.83 | 313 ratings

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4 stars Or maybe just good. Got 4 stars because of instrumental track, which is a must hear.

An underrated follower of Crises (underrated too) and Five Miles Out (of course underrated). These three albums form some kind of trilogy, not of some story but rather of common feel, sound and overall impression. If you like song-oriented more electronic and sampled Oldfield, you're gonna like this.

Of three mentioned albums Discovery features most of songs and least of instrumentals. Songs are weaker then Crises, maybe a little stronger then Five Miles Out. Obe major hit To france, one really good almost-hard rock title track Discovery. Most songs feature brilliant guitar work, smooth synth sound, little if any high frequencies (: -- but nothing spectacular talking about melodies, just good.

Local masterpiece: instrumental 15-minute The Lake, which together with (uh, again) instrumental track Crises from previous album must be the best Oldfield's music in 80s.

Good starting point because album is very accessible. Recommended if you like mid-era Oldfield. Not recommended if you are Tubular-Bells-only purist or really like his works after '93.

Zavgorodny | 4/5 |


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