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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

4.06 | 561 ratings

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The Crow
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5 stars Itīs difficult for me to talk about this album, because talk about "Amarok" is like talking about one of the most secret and beautiful parts of my life...Itīs just like when you have a secret that you donīt want to share...

But how can a single mind create music of such originality, quality and beauty? The Oldfieldīs fans we know that he is able of the best, but unfortunately he is also able of the worst...How can be this absolute masterpiece called "Amarok" between two mediocre albums like "Earth Moving" and "Heavenīs Open". Itīs something unbelievable, but this think makes this album shine even more brightly...

"Amarok" in my opinion is obviously the sequel of "Ommadawn". Its style is similar, with a lot of world music influences. But "Amarok" is more experimental and more original, and maybe even better...This album has no songs or tracks. "Amarok" itīs just an album itself, itīs a single piece longer that 60 minutes!!! Maybe some people think that the originality of this albums are just the noises and sound effects...Ok, itīs right! But these sounds are mixed with the music of such form that itīs impossible to imagine it separated! And everything makes a incredible mixture... But I also think that the great thing of this album itīs the great different parts and differents styles that it has, but that never fades the album integrity! You can hear flamenco, pop, celtic music, folk, african, symphonic, ambient, electronic...But Oldfield mixed it of such form that it made this album something really compact and with a very definited style! Itīs just incredible!!!

Donīt worry about you have heard about Mike Oldfield. Donīt care if you have not liked the Oldfieldīs music youīve heard before...Because if you have not listend "Amarok" yet, youīre missing one of the most original and unique albums ever recorded!!!

The Crow | 5/5 |


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