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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.04 | 210 ratings

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2 stars Mike goes classic?

This release has been several times postponed and finally saw the light in 2008. The big man wrote this piece of music which will end up as an orchestra piece of work (with added piano and acoustic guitar).

There are some fine moments like the opener "Harbinger" which leans on the path of "Tubular.." and some moving classical guitar sections as well. Very much in Hackett's style like in "Silhouette" and "The Other Side". Some nice folk as well with "Harmonia Mundi". Very harmonious indeed.

The overall mood is very, very quiet and some parts are not really interesting to my ears ("Tempest"). Mike also had the project to tour to promote the album, but so far there are no specific commitments any longer on that matter.

Touring with an orchestra is not an easy affair and it is financially quite risky. The Sinfonia Sfera Orchestra featured on this album counts no less than approximately ninety (yes 90!) musicians.

If you are into classical music (this album was nominated for "Classical Brit Award" and finished in the second position) this work might please you. For others (like me), it will convey a nice and peaceful spirit for sure.

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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