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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.48 | 439 ratings

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3 stars I am torn on this album between three & four stars, because I believe that the 20 + minutes title track deserves five stars on its own, with the rest of it varying between inspired and mediocre.

Crises is a cracker, with Simon Phillips on drums (previously very well known for his work with Pete Townsend and a tour with the Who especially) integrating well on deep and thundrous drums backing up a mainly keyboard orientated work, but with flashes of those inspired guitar bursts that only Oldfield can do. It is long, pure prog, and engages the listener from start to finish. I think it is amongst Oldfield's best work.

Of the rest, i.e. side two, Moonlight Shadow is simply a great single, and Maggie is on fantastic form. It's not prog, but a great pop single, and, like many great pop singles performed by prog artists, I am sure it brought many people to listen to music which they would not otherwise have done.

The Jon Anderson track, In High Places, will appeal to those who, like myself, have as much passion for his vocal solo work as inside Yes. It's a good track.

The rest I find insipid, with Oldfield even making a laughable play for the heavy metal market in his sleeve notes. I think that most, like me, will merely play the forst three tracks and then move on to another LP.

Overall three stars, if only to be honest in the disappointment of the second side.

lazland | 3/5 |


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