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5.0 out of 5 stars
Anyone recalls: HEALTH WARNING – This record could be hazardous to the health of cloth-eared..., 21 Mar 2014
... it is not for background music. The more you listen, the more you hear!
Over the years (too many to count yet?) Mike Oldfield has shown the world his musical versatility. He is one of the greatest composers and musicians of the ages.
Over forty years after creating Tubular Bells and a five year pause after his last work The Music Of The Spheres, he now is presenting to us ten new songs plus a cover of a gospel.
For individuals needing categories: it would be rock music. The various songs represent a range of styles that some might feel the need to liken to certain bands (Rolling Stones, U2). Careful listeners however will be treated to music that is unlike anything else in this world. It is uniquely Mike Oldfield; brilliantly composed and finely handcrafted by the cosmic talent.
All he songs feature Mike's wonderful guitar play, in most: building up to a cathartic solo.
As Mike has frequently done before, he again enlists a lead vocalist, Luke Spiller (of the Struts. Do look them up!) to sing the lyrics. As Mike has always done: he picked an awesome singer to complement the music.
Again, some will be compelled to liken Luke to great talents like Freddy Mercury, but the comparison is redundant. Luke Spiller's performance stands on it's own merit.
Last, but not least: There is a "Deluxe" edition of this album that includes a second disc, the instrumental version. The music without the vocals my be targeted for devoted Mike Oldfield friends only but I highly recommend the 2CD option it to anyone. There is nothing wrong with the vocal version, but the music and play are so magical, it's just a pleasure listening to the instrumental version in it's purity.
I will need a second CD rack for my Mike Oldfield collection now and I'm looking forward to filling it in the next forty years!