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Mike Oldfield


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3.48 | 466 ratings

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2 stars Last year crisis possibly refreshed my interest to almost forgotten Crisis by Mike Oldfield. Possibly, just tried to find some differences :).

First composition is 20 + minutes long , melodic, sweet and is full of new age sound. OK, there are some short moments borrowed from Oldfield early works, but used just to fill space between new age frame.Simon Phillips drumming is great in places, however. Possibly, most proggy album composition ( mostly because of it's length). All the best 80-s traditions on polished sound could be found there.

Side B is easier for classification - you will find 5 really good pop songs there." Moonlight Shadow " was hit for years. Nice Maggie Reilly voice and some Oldfield rock guitar imitations. Catchy melody - what else you need for good pop song? "In High Places" demonstrates Jon Anderson's usual abilities ( could be easily placed on almost any Anderson solo album).

"Foreign Affair" is another hit and good pop song. "Taurus 3" is pop-world fusion based instrumental with Spanish touch and some interesting percussion.

"Shadow on the Wall" is the only album's rocker and strongest album song. I like Roger Chapman's vocal there,song's energy and really nice guitar work.

Overall, one of great pop albums from early 80-s. Catchy melodies, different songs, pleasant mix of folk,pop rock and new age. Just don't try to search progressive music there and you will be happy listening to this album. For good pop music lovers, around 2,5.

snobb | 2/5 |


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