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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

4.31 | 1290 ratings

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An absoulte masterwork, this is a strong contender for the best album of all time. Having previously laid down all there was to classically influenced popular music in tubular bells, and creating a folk-type acoustic atmoshpheric masterpeice in Hergest Ridge, Oldfield was moving on to bigger things, adding more intensity and activity that was present in Tubular Bells with the incredible unique atmosphere and compositional excellence of Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn is Mike Oldfields crowning achievement and the likes of its quality has and never will be reproduced again.

Dissapearing once more into a deeper state of seclusion, this one was recorded with wisely chosen session musicians of great talent, a group of african drummers that contributed an essential part of the records sucess, additional percussionists, his two siblings and a childrens choir were woven into the master result evenly, each having their own individual contribution to the final work, making this unbelievable peice of matter possible.

Compositional and instrumental talent at a climax, some of the solos and ideas presented here are simply things of the future. The solo at the climax of part one is so incredibly emotional, the theme of the pipes on part two unforgettable, and the flawless construction of the album apparent at all times, none of it could be sacrificed.

Out of this universe, an album from another age, nothing like it will ever be made again, and no other display of energy will even graze its greatness at any level. Essential peice of matter, nobody can die complete without experiencing the immense reality of Ommadawn.

OGTL | 5/5 |


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