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Mike Oldfield


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3.38 | 218 ratings

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3 stars Oh . another Tubular again? Would it be Tubular Bells XV as well? Well I dunno. But this is the fact: Mike Oldfield recalls again his previous success. Nothing wrong with it, but it's a bit boring when I saw the cover again. Yeah again and again. This time seems to be more electronic and closer to what Jean Michelle Jarre's music. That's actually how "The Source Of Secrets" (5:34) starts with everything electronic. "The Watchful Eye" (2:09) brings into an ambient sound with keyboard as key instrument. "Jewel in the Crown" (5:45) proves Mike's approach into more technology-driven composition with electronic drumming / programming with electric guitar provides the melody. The drumming is interesting to enjoy. "Outcast" (3:49) is a rocker at opening part and it has a good combination of keyboard and lead guitar accompanied with acoustic guitar rhythm. "Serpent Dream" (2:53) has an excellent acoustic guitar outfit at opening followed with percussion that reflects Eastern music. The key of this track is the acoustic guitar solo. Excellent.

"The Inner Child" (4:41) starts off with female chanting backed with children playground voices. Soft keyboard work plays at the back. It reminds me to the music of Cirque Du Soleil music. "Man in the Rain" (4:01) is a pop song with Cara at vocals. "The Top Of The Morning" (4:26) starts off with a classical music influence piano work and moves forward with piano as melody maker. "Moonwatch" (4:25) is an atmospheric nuance song with keyboard at background and piano as melody. "Secrets" (3:20) still steals the melody of Tubular Bells in more industrial way. "Far Above The Clouds" (5:30) concludes the album with electric guitar work as melody.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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