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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.51 | 511 ratings

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Luke. J
3 stars Crises? Well, in the purse maybe..

Mike Oldfield, an artist known for his long compositions, does what every artist has to do sooner or later: He goes for the money. It is not that he had some good-seeling albums, but some hits can never be wrong. YES, THEY CAN!

For someone like me who enjoys Oldfield's instrumental adventures (''Tubular Bells'' up to Incantations) this is a disappointment after about 20 minutes. The title track is one of the long tracks, build up on several themes. They fit all in one as a whole song. This song has so much to offer.. if this was widened on 40 minutes, we would have another close-to-5-star record by Oldfield.

But as mentioned before, there are the hits (felt literally). Maggie Reilly is not a bad vocalist. I admit she is doing a good job here (as Mike does with the shorter tracks), however, it is anything but related to progressive music. ''Taurus 3'' is an exception. This guitar piece is his fusion of beautiful melody and show- off, as he did not before. Well, nice.

Oh, never forget Jon Anderson doing some of the highest vocals in his career. Otherwise, this is nothing special. (Yes, you are right, up to now I did not mention the success of ''Moonlight Shadow''. Simple reason: success is no influence for a review to me)

This is a three-star for sure. Although, the song ''Crises'' saves this from two stars with low tendencies.

Luke. J | 3/5 |


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