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HEAVEN'S OPEN

Mike Oldfield

 

Crossover Prog

2.51 | 125 ratings

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Zavgorodny
3 stars Good. Very good.

Mike Oldfield can sing, and sings really good. You can like it or not, but that's the fact. And songs are good, maybe even great.

This album is credited to Michael Oldfield and he does not like it at all. He did not spent much time with it, and this is and album by band, not by Mike.

But neverthless this album is very interesting and totally different from any other his works. First of all, it's conceptual and very personal, 'cause this is the last album for label Virgin, and so lyrics on all tracks are about commercialized recording company versus Artist.

The point is, nobody likes Oldfield's songs. And while in 80's songs were weak enough and side-long instrumentals were strong, here we got totally different situstion. The instrumental is a weak place. Some kind of avant-garde, comparable to Amarok, but not that interesting. Anyone who don't like singing/songwriting Oldfield should not touch this CD.

So. Not recommended for newbies. Recommended for those who like Oldfield's songs. Not recommended for those who like instrumentals.

Zavgorodny | 3/5 |

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