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Given the it's unhurried pace, emphasis on creamy guitar lines and shimmering atmospherics together with--thematically speaking--some contented personal reflections on the joys of a non-materalistic lifestyle, it couldn't be any more "chilled out" if it came with an advisory sticker cautioning against listening to it whilst operating machinery.
Not a man much given to the daily hurly-burly and cut-and-thrust of today's shop-'til-you-drop society, Oldfield prefers his own company, be it wandering alone in a desert (on the Spanish flavoured "No Man's Land") or browsing the tombstones in Venetian graveyards ("Daydream") whilst the beauty of horses, insects and turtles are similarly addressed in an atmosphere of tranquil instrumental wonderment. The interactive element of the CD, namely "MusicVR Tr3s Lunas Game", is billed as a "non-violent" musical adventure through deserts and cities, meeting cats, dolphins and scorpions along the way. Bloodlusting, Playstation-fingering thrill-seekers may find its pleasantness hugely off-putting. --Kevin Maidment
A major step into the new millennium for this great artist, yet using his previous work as a base from which to progress and expand.
The audio CD comes with a second CD that contains a PC 'game', which is frankly a let down, especially as it costs as much as the CD to unlock the full version. However this should not detract from the music which is excellent.
I would firmly recommend all fans of Mike Oldfield to buy this CD, there are hints of his other work scattered throughout all the tracks, yet each stands in it's own right as an enjoyable musical experience.
One to put on, turn out the lights and relax to!
It's called a chill out album BUT... must not be associated with the mindless crap that's on chill out stands for sale. This really is great stuff, and highly unpredictable. Loads of funky electro 'stabs' and unexpected symphonic shifts. It's interesting stuff and very catchy. One downside 'To be Free' is just a little bit cheesy for my liking, but don't let that put you off.