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Disappointing Musical Change of Direction and Sound from the M.O,
This review is from: Apocalypse (Audio CD)
Let me say that the first three albums by The M.O ( 'The Inner Mounting Flame' , 'Birds of Fire' and 'The Lost Trident Sessions' ) are exceptional musical statements .They still sound radical today and the inventive ,original compositions still enthral , excite and captivate the listener . I also appreciate orchestral and film music . So why do I find ' Apocalypse' to be so inferior to the three aforementioned classic albums ?...
Well ,whereas I found the first three albums to be full of attitude ( E.G check out John's fierce , biting tone / wild guitar lines ) and original musical direction and musical vision ...I find 'Apocalypse' to be bland , unoriginal and tediously boring in comparison .The introduction of vocals here also is an unwelcome departure from the previously fantastic solely instrumental approach.
The producer Sir George Martin has stated that this is one of his best pieces of work but for me I much prefer his work with The Beatles and Jeff Beck . His orchestral contribution on ' Diamond Dust' ( and others) from Beck's 'Blow by Blow' album are so much more vital, genuinely affecting and richer sounding than anything on 'Apocalypse '.