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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

4.11 | 1154 ratings

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4 stars This is a legendary album, actually. But I never paid attention to it by the time it was released mainly due to the repetitive nature of the music. By the passage of time finally I can see the value of this album especially when I listen to it during the "right" time i.e. in midnight while everybody else is sleeping. Or probably this is best played while accompanying me at a solitude - being alone - contemplating about the meaning of life and ways forward. Well, I think that's the best thing to describe about this album. The music flows continuously in a very repetitive way and guitars give its roles while keyboard plays background music of rhythm section. When I say that it's repetitive, you must put it in a context in which this happen in, say, 5 minutes or 8 minutes of duration with the same pattern of music. Texture-wise of course the music forward into different style, gradually with the fills of choirs or chanting. I have to be patient listening to the music this album offers. Of course there are memorable segments with great melody augmented with rich textures using guitars or other sound effects. Fortunately there are differences in terms of melody and music patterns of Part One and Part Two that make this album is not a boring one. Keep on proggin' ..!

Gatot | 4/5 |


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