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4.0 out of 5 stars An epic journey of emotion and adventure, 20 Mar 2008
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This review is from: Music Of The Spheres (Audio CD)
Why Mike Oldfield doesn't have several successful film scores under his belt is a question yet to be answered, especially when you experience the cinematic and emotive quality of Music of the Spheres.

Many cynics will enjoy labelling this album as "Tubular Bells 4" - but that couldn't be further from the truth. Although there is a similarity to Tubular Bells during the introduction to "Harbinger", and that's surely something that will divide opinion between fans, over Music of the Spheres. However, I personally heard far more similarities to Ommadawn, beyond the opening notes on Music of the Spheres. Given that this IS his first classical album, perhaps Mike felt the need to test the water, with a bit of familiarity here and there, with several "Which album is that bit from?" type moments, which just adds to the album's charm for me.

After reading Oldfield's very moving and deeply personal autobiography, Changeling, a return to his classical roots was inevitable, and if anything, long overdue. There has been a classical side to his music dying to get out - and he's finally unleashed it with Music of the Spheres, and rather beautiful it is too.

Music of the Spheres really feels like a celebration of Mike's musical achievements over the last three decades, and while he has never fully ventured into classical territory before, this album is much more "Oldfield" than I was expecting. Although he isn't playing all the instruments here(!) his personality is clearly evident, and he just couldn't resist the use of tubular bells in the epic finalé of "Musica Universalis".

Returning to an album of two halves, each made up of flowing pieces, is a joy to behold, and I feel that this album may be the first of many more classical pieces from Mike, as he matures into the very style that originally influenced him.

Mike Oldfield started making music as a place to escape, mentally, though that soundscape has gradually evolved over the years - and if Music of the Spheres is any indication of Mike's current state of mind, then it's surely a calm and tranquil place to be. Encore!
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