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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.48 | 439 ratings

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3 stars The watcher and the tower/Waiting hour by hour

I've been waiting for a long time to make a review on this album, and finally, I can do it! I must say from the beginning that I enjoy very much the front cover from my CD: four objects one linked to another: Moon, man, water and the tower....and they are waiting and watching to one another; a whole philosophy can develop from this... Concerning the music from this album: again MO choose to split the album in two parts: first side-a long, epic and really crossover song in his unique and classic style, and the other part of the album-pop songs with some progressive influences. Crises is a very good song, showing all the musical influences Oldfield had created in his career by then. I enjoy very much the vocal parts, and from the minute no. 10 - the electronic and ambient part - excellent and to the point. Moonlight shadow is, perhaps, his most successful pop song ever. Maggie Reilly's voice is excellent. I couldn't imagine this song sung by other female. The best part of the album. Truly pinnacle! Nothing to remark on In high places, even if the famous Jon Anderson from Yes put his vocal prints here. Foreign affair is a nice short song with Maggie Reilly on vocals again.

Taurus 3 is the end of the trilogy Taurus from the former two albums: pure latino music influences on this instrumental song with powerful drums

Shadow on the wall is a pop-rock song, featuring Roger Chapman, former vocalist on Family. Good song overall, but a little too dull and simplistic. Generally speaking, Crises did not impress me very much, but in my opinion it's a good MO album and- very important- the existence of Moonlight shadow was the biggest blow that raised the rating of this album

Sachis | 3/5 |


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