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A "can't go wrong" instrumental album with Celtic influences
on 15 September 2002
Mike Oldfield, the genius of instrumental and ambient music, grabbed five traditional Celtic songs, added another five of his own, and launched what is now my favorite Mike Oldfield album of all time... and I own pretty much everything from him. Track 9 ("Flowers of the Forest"), in particular, is an awesome work. Track 3 ("The Hero") has been a favorite to everyone I played this album to but, all in all, it's the general theme (sort of like a suitable soundtrack for the movie "Braveheart") that really sells this album. Being a fan of Tolkien, much like Mike Oldfield himself, I can't help picturing The Hobbit when I listen to track 7 ("Dark Island").
If you like Mike Oldfield and loved movies like "Braveheart" or "Lord of the Rings", then this album couldn't be a better choice.