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Tubular Beats
Tubular Beats
Price: 11.61

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It works...in places, 12 Jun 2013
This review is from: Tubular Beats (Audio CD)
OK so I've been an Oldfield fan for 25 years and love practically every note he recorded up to Songs Of A Distant Earth. Millenium Bell was the turning point and I've not enjoyed much since. I am also a big fan of electronic music past and present, from Bruce Haack to Diskjokke. I was expecting the worst from this release, having long since tired of the endless re-hashing of Tubular Bells. It came up as recommended listening on Spotify and I thought why not..

Well I was pleasantly suprised to begin with. The re-constructions of the instrumental tracks actually worked. They've been given a lot of thought and the sound is genuinely contemporary without losing the character of the original. Not quite as effective as say Kraftwerks "The Mix" but impressive and enjoyable.

Then came the turning point: To France. Oh dear God... The songs do NOT work. Not in any sense, they are truly cringe making. I couldn't listen. It's Oldfield goes X-Factor.

So, like any review on here this is just an opinion and it appears others have somehow managed to derive pleasure from these abominations. Fair play, but in an age where new music is instantly accessible as a stream, I would encourage anyone thinking of buying this to have a proper listen first. Not 10 second teaser clips, but a full audition. If you decide it still floats your boat, then all good, but if like me you think half of it isn't worthy of even the most cloth eared of nincompoops, then proceed with caution and look at buying individual downloads.

Oh, and a note for Mike: If you're reading, please, please stick to doing what you have always done better than anyone else, creating organic, instrumental music with soul, quality musicianship and endless layers and melodies that create a musical treasure trove for the listeners to discover and enjoy forever. Oh and the occasional gem of a pop song :-)

(...and remaster Passed You By for a proper release)


Days Like This
Days Like This
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Price: 5.00

2.0 out of 5 stars The Sounds-Lite, 5 Aug 2008
This review is from: Days Like This (Audio CD)
OK, well produced and performed but I just couldn't shake the notion that they are just too close to The Sounds without the melodies and attitude.
Good but maybe they need to find their own identity.


The Bird Of Music
The Bird Of Music

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifull, 11 July 2008
This review is from: The Bird Of Music (Audio CD)
OK imagine if The Be Good Tanyas and Supernature era Goldfrapp swapped instruments, this is what the TBGT's might end up with. Gorgeous 3-girl harmonies, melodic pop songs with the occasional edge coupled with stripped down, elegent analaogue synth backing.

Worth a look if you like Goldfrapp/Metric/Ladytron/St Etienne and er, the Be Good Tanyas!


Atlitw
Atlitw
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 13.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed actually, 15 Nov 2006
This review is from: Atlitw (Audio CD)
I bought this purely on the strength of being a fan of all the Westworld stuff. I didn't expect it to sound LIKE them, but overall it just fell a bit flat.

Has it's moments of beauty and the group have an interesting sound. Andrews's guitar sounds fantastic as always but isn't heard enough, and Westwoods vocals are as good as ever but 2 things let the album down for me. The "songs" wandered along without direction and I got bored with most before they'd finished, one was repetitive in the extreme and had me reaching for the skip button. The other point is the singing. I'd assumed it would all be Elizabeth Westwood but there's male vocals on some tracks and they're horrible.

Just my opinion but i would advise anyone thinking of a purchase to listen to a few tracks in full first.
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The Platinum Collection
The Platinum Collection

3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his fault.., 15 Mar 2006
This review is from: The Platinum Collection (Audio CD)
Surely this is Virgins output and therefore beyond Oldfields control?
It looks good value for the money, but a couple of unissued rareties (12" mixes not on CD maybe) might have helped the fan to buy what is otherwise repeated material. Passed You By would have been great - but again prob not Virgins material.
Picture In The Dark on CD finally though - yay!
To be honest, I'd still recommend The Complete Mike Oldfield as the best compilation if you can find it. Covers the best period, is well packaged and contains a broad selection. Could do with remastering though.


Outlaw
Outlaw
Price: 7.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back To Their Best, 24 Nov 2005
This review is from: Outlaw (Audio CD)
The sound on this album is somewhere between Exile On Coldhardbour Lane and La Peste, and brilliant for it.
If you liked the early albums but started to lose faith a bit after Power In The Blood, buy this CD and have Larry Love & D Wayne restore your faith!
The songs have great easy melodies and the arrangement strikes just that right balance between the acouctic country instrumentaion mixed with the beats and synths.


In Our Gun
In Our Gun
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Price: 5.63

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change is NOT a bad thing!, 22 Feb 2003
This review is from: In Our Gun (Audio CD)
Just wanted to say that if you like the first two albums, but have put off buying this album, DON'T BE! The only supposed fans who have slated this are in my opinion missing the point.
Gomez's greatest virtue is that in this world of manufactured identikit boybands and made-to-a formula pop songs, Gomez are ignoring all commercial sensibilities and creating something new. Their first two albums showed this, and this merely continues their experimentation. Yes there's more "production" but so what? How good would Dark Side Of The Moon be if it was a bunch of acoustic 3 minute sing-alongs? What if The Beatles had talked George Martin out of experimenting with studio techniques when making Sgt Peppers? As long as the soul and melody of the song isn't lost (and it isn't) then the studio merely extends the boundaries within which the musician can realise their ideas.
Open your mind as well as your wallet.


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