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2.19 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Say Something (3:58)
2. A Love Like This (3:59)
3. House Of Silence (4:00)
4. Ice On Fire (3:48)
5. Oleanders (4:23)
6. Let It Begin (4:04)
7. In The Heat Of The Night (4:04)
8. Ravenna (3:47)
9. The Earth Is Calling (3:24)
10. Instincts (4:18)

Total time 39:45

Line-up / Musicians

- Sally Oldfield / vocals, ?

- Justin Hayward / vocals (6)

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

LP CBS ‎- 463007 1 (1988, Europe)

CD CBS ‎- 463007 2 (1988, Europe)

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SALLY OLDFIELD Instincts ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (57%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
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Review by Tarcisio Moura
2 stars 2.5 stars, really. After the rather electronic Femme, Sally Oldfield releases Instincts in the following year. This album seems to mark a slightly return to her former sound. Ok, it is still mainly pop stuff with folk structures, but it is also less techno and more organic music: some of her trademark percussion and acoustic guitars are back . It is also more varied with even a little pop/jazz tune as a novelty (Ice On Fire). Although no song here has anything as strong as Silver Dagger or Andromeda Rising, I liked the inclusion of more straight celtic folk tunes like Olanders. Her duet with Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) on Let It Begin did not work, though.

All in all Instincts looks to me like a transitional album with elements from much of all she has done since her solo career started ten years before. Her beautiful, soothing voice is still intact. The arrangements are tasteful and creative, never falling into those annoying 80īs cliches. Production is very good. The song selection may not be great but is still above average. If you enjoy the more commercial side of bands like Clannad, this CD is recommended. If PA was a pop rock site this album would surely get a higher rating. But since there is almost no prog in here this is clearly for fans and collectors.

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