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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.62 | 207 ratings

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2 stars If you consider the date of this release (1987) it is still quite remarkable that Mike is releasing such an epic song as "The Wind Chimes".

Not on par with his legendary songs (the intro being really weak), this long piece (almost twenty two minutes) is always a pleasure to listen to, even if at times it fails to transport you to heaven (or even to a closer destination actually). It probably lacks in inspiration and great melodies as the greatest ones of his albums.

Still, one recognizes the Oldfield label during this epic but I can hardly say that this one is on par with his greatest work. But taking into consideration the date of release, I would say that it was very daring to record such a piece in those days.

What comes next can hardly be considered as one of his greatest work. Shortly formatted (but there is nothing wrong with this provided that the songs are good), there is no unforgettable music to be remembered. "North Point" as well as "Flying Start" being the nadir from this work.

And even if the choice might sound suspect, Bonnie Tyler does a good work on the title track. But frankly, an AOR song as "Magic Touch" (?) is completely out of purpose on an Oldfield work. And there won't be any great moment to be expected further on.

Two stars thanks to "The Wind Chimes".

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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