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4.0 out of 5 stars Mike Oldfield light and shade., 15 Aug 2012
This review is from: Light and Shade (Audio CD)
I am a fan of mike Oldfield and I adore his albums tubular bells, ommadawn, herguest ridge, platinum, incantations, five miles out and songs of distant earth. Many of the other albums by him I was a little disappointed with even though they had some good ideas. With light and shade I was not sure what it was like and picked it up on instinct. But when I got it home I hated it till my 5th listen.

With Light I disagree to many other reviews. I believe that light is the better album from the two. The music is more mellow and easier to listen too. There are some really nice songs that are just brilliant like the piano driven blackbird or the more soul full guitar on closer. This side also has the longest track on at 10 munities which I think is amazing. light is his less Ibiza feeling album from the two and is not hard to listen to for a person who is not keen on electronic sounding music. Much of the album still sounds electronic but its got less loops and repetitive instruments. This disk is more relaxing and I think better than shade.

Shade to me is his more Ibiza friendly side. It has more loops and electronic sounds mixed in and the songs sound more hectic than on light. There are some really good songs on shade but less not near as many as light. I personally thought I would like shade more as I prefer the darker sounding songs.

Over both albums there are some amazing songs and for the money they are up for it makes it a good buy as it's still the price of a single album when new so you do get about an hour and a bit of music that is good but a bit that is just ok. I personally do not like the vocals on this album I find them annoying and not really needed. His previous albums didn't have allot of vocals and where amazing. With light and shade this is a different mike Oldfield to what I loved but it is still a descent album and the 4 tracks that you can mix yourself is a good idea. It gives you the opportunity to listen to it broken down and it also lets you remove bitts you don't like from them tracks and is just a fun thing to mess around with.
this album for a fan of his early work is a grower.
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