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This review is from: Music Of The Spheres (Audio CD)
I really wanted to rate this album. Despite Mike Oldfield's current status as an Alan Partridge favourite...that is a bit naff and uncool...Some of my all time favourite albums have been created by the moody Ibiza exile...TB,Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, Distant Earths etc.
In the last few years, Mike has been knocking out a series of pretty mediocre albums and it was looking as if his best days were behind him...now this. A classic re-working of Tubular Bells apparently. Rather cruelly someone suggested a dead horse and flogging summed up yet another TB re vamp !
After a few plays, sadly I can't get too worked up about it; neither can I dismiss it. The Tubular Bells re-jig is not too noticeable and the lush orchestration led by Karl Jenkins and with the dulcet tones of Hayley Westerner providing rich vocals, Spheres sounds ethereal and lush but too much of it sounds like incidental music for a BBC/HBO epic drama.
Luckily for Mike,from some of the other reviews on here,Mike's won over a lot of his fans who strangely see it as a 5 star classic in the early 70's mould ????
I think that rose coloured glasses are much in evidence here. Spheres will not win over a new generation of fans. Rather it will corral him even tighter in an adoring but diminishing audience.
Despite the disappointment, the record is still worth a listen and you'll have put worse records on your deck this year for sure.