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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.78 | 161 ratings

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Tristan Mulders
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2 stars Mike Oldfield - Light and Shade

Okay, one cannot argue that Oldfield didn't adapt to modern times. "Light + Shade" is a collection of mainly laidback electronic, instrumental, soundscapes. Disc 1 is the more relaxed one here, with disc 2 featuring a few more up-tempo songs among yet some more chilled-out ones. Odd enough all the songs without the electronic beats are the ones I tend to skip.

This release has hardly anything to do with progressive music, despite being made by the musician that gave us "Tubular Bells" and "Ommadawn". Sure there's some excellent, slow guitarsoloing from time to time but nothing really progresses further than a slight change of melody or pace.

Overall there's only one aspect of this disc that really bothers me more than its lack of originality. This is the inclusion of computer-based vocals. Half of the time they work well but in other tracks they are quite simply annoying.

Nice for Oldfield fans, but I wouldn't recommend it as a good prog album.

Tristan Mulders | 2/5 |


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