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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.38 | 219 ratings

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2 stars The quality of the bells are obviously decreasing each time that Mike is releasing an album around this theme. His third one is not really close to his great original work.

And I am not very enthusiastic over this album. Mike is of course brilliant in his interpretation, that's not the problem. We all know that the man is really skilled, but to serve the same plate being with a different sauce is not helping very much his credibility.

From his second version onwards, he has trussed up one of his great album into a sliced number of songs. Not that the idea is bad, but the electronic "The Source Of secrets" is a rather weak start for this new interpretation to say the least.

What comes next is just ambient music. Not bad of course, but was this all necessary? Not IMHHO. How many great artists did capitalize so much from a single source of inspiration? Fortunately, not too many. I am not found at all of this "diversion". And the concept is just alien to my mind.

La "planche billets". That's it. Meaning to make easy money.

There is hardly one section which supersedes the great original work. Nor will you be able to identify the different pieces. I guess that the best option is just to ignore this bells number 3. You will escape a painful experience, believe me. Still "Serpent Dream" has a tremendous and emotional feeling. My fave here.

I really can't endorsed such an album. I like Mike's work for most of his career (up to "Crises" and later on the good "Amarok" of course"). This album just don't reach my expectations and I can't really tell that it is deserving more than two stars.

Just forget about this one.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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