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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

2.62 | 207 ratings

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3 stars Islands is an album divided into two different parts. The first part is an epic song, a classic MO song. The wind chimes is one of that songs remembering me Mike's old period (Tubular Bells I specially).The first 2 minutes are majestic, then the multitude of instruments and female shows the universal music Mike created for his audience and not only. Female choirs and strange voices fills in the musical spectrum. We have to thank Mike for this classic song, because the 2nd part is much different and unspecific.

I don't know why Mike had to resort to pop music and deal with commercialism. From the beginning, I have to say that the other tracks from the album are not bad, they are quite good, but everything doesn't fit to his complex music sphere. Islands is a nice song (Bonnie Tyler is singing in her unique style...). The others are simple and only chorus is just a little brilliant for my ears (I remark here North Point and Magic Touch). Too bad for an audition on headphones, but ideal for MTV and driving. This is the music Mike continued to write on the next album-Earth Moving-being on a descending trail. I don't understand why such a complex musician had to do this, honestly....

2,5 stars!

Sachis | 3/5 |


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