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  • Audio CD (7 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000B7HY9M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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Mike Oldfield continues to produce fascinating music that cannot be categorized as it is so 'unpredictable'- and this new double album is no exception. I have been fortunate to hear a promotional copy of the full album, and can recommend this album to his usual followers, as well as anyone who is interested in discovering music that can take you on a journey.
The 'Light' cd opens with 'Angelique'- a catchy piano hook, which builds up with energetic percussion and trademark Oldfield guitar (which fans will be pleased to hear is prominent throughout the album.) 'Blackbird' is piano-dominated and makes for pleasant listening. 'The gate' features mesmerising vocals and is thoroughly relaxing. 'First Steps' builds up in classic Oldfield tradition (fans of 'Voyager's' Mont St. Michel will notice some similarities) 'Closer' and 'Our Father' stick with the celtic/Voyager theme. Rocky returns to solo piano/film music (Michael Nyman-like) and disc 1 closes with a beautiful piano-led theme that certainly depicts the title, 'sunset' - OK i'll be honest, this one is a little like the theme to the dire BBC soap ELDORADO :)
For me, the 'Shade' cd contains the stand-out tracks. Fans of Jean Michel Jarre will do well to hear this, as Oldfield gives him a run for his money in the electronica department!
'Quicksilver' is fairly dancy. Nothing 'out of the ordinary' but still good. 'Resolution' contains a strong guitar hook and absorbing vocal harmonies on the words 're-so-lu-tion' and the wailing vocal/guitar passage is superb.
'Slipstream' is standard fare. Very synth-based/techno. 'Surfing' is a kind of 80's revival of Oldfield songs. Great guitar solo- this is one thing listeners will notice- consistently good guitar passages.
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Mike Oldfield is one of the world's most diverse musicians and certainly one of the most difficult to classify. He is also the Howard Hughes of self-promotion. And yet he shares with Mozart a high productivity rate and has recorded over 20 albums. So how does anybody who wants to listen to his music find a way in when the albums are so very different?
The answer, for many, will be Light and Shade. This album has so many of Oldfield's trademarks mixed in. Above all, he has an elusive individualistic signature in all of his music that is almost impossible to describe. Its like a scent. It runs through this music strongly: its pure Mike Oldfield. And yet, for many of his longer-term fans, the music is very different to much of his previous output. It mixes in dance, electronica, trance, and a range of ambient styles. Into this mesmerising core Oldfield drains his majestic guitar work. Fluid bass lines accompany expansive and relaxed passages and there is frequent application of real attitude in the guitar work that welds perfectly with the mood of each piece.
The sign of a very diverse musician is that he can upset some of his fans all the time, and Oldfield certainly does that. Which ones get upset varies with each of his unpredictable works. But it is consistent with his artistic integrity that his fans, who may spend their other listening hours on anything between sugar pop to classical or hard rock to minimalism, still find that each album grows on them as their ears peel back the layers and find magic beneath the surface of whatever new clothes he has adopted with each new incarnation.
On this collection, Oldfield demonstrates touches of purity and simplicity with his acoustic and piano work, such as the claming 'Blackbird' and the touching 'Rocky'. Simplicity is one of his virtues.
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It's rather depressing for me as a fan of most of Mike's work to hear his output in recent times. As a musician myself, I can appreciate the effort that goes into producing an album of real music, and the little effort that goes into producing the likes of this album, composed on and performed for the main part by computer. Don't get me wrong, I have no problems with computer-generated music per se, but I don't get where Mike is coming from any more. We are talking about a guy who camped out in protest at the state of modern, computer-generated music (search the WWW to read the contemporary interviews), only to move Ibiza himself and absorb himself in the dance/trance fraternity a few years ago.
Maybe he wants to shun his old image and embrace a more youthful market, or maybe it's just too damn easy for him to rely so heavily on computers now, sell an album which most of his existing fanbase (including me) will buy (and give a five-star rating, just because it is Mike), take the cash and go ride his Hayabusa; or maybe he's become such a control-freak that he just can't work with other musicians any more.
Whatever the reason for his forays into trance-type music, I think this'll be the last album of his that I buy (he said, in the full and certain knowledge that it won't be).
Where's the Mike we heard on Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, 5 Miles Out, Amarok, to name but a few? Many of his fans admired his music for its interest and refusal to conform to what Virgin wanted from him, and frankly, even his 1980s 'pop' albums under Virgin (which many fans didn't like, but I did) were great in comparison to his recent stuff.
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