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More embarassing than the Dome
on 22 January 2000
This gets my vote as the most embarassing "millennium" product yet. Mike should take his time over releasing sequels to Tubular Bells - after all Tubular Bells II came almost 20 years after the original, but nowadays he seems to be churning them out at an incredible rate and the quality seems to have suffered!
High points of this album include "Sunlight shining through the cloud" which is based on the lyrics to Amazing Grace and is an example of Mike on top whimsical, albeit slightly pompous, form. The worst track has to be "The Millenium Bell" itself, which is an embarrasment to listen to. It's a hotch-potch of a song, trying to take in elements of the whole album but ending up being completely incoherent. The ending is a reprise of a completely cheezy Russian Cossack dance track, followed by the chiming of the millenium bell itself. There is a slight pause, and the listener is left wondering what will come in the new Millenium.... and then the Russian Cossacks return for the third time!! Absolutely ridiculous. Even Mike's talents as a producer are in question here, with the "bell" itself chiming so loudly that there is horrible clipping of the sound.
Whether you're an Oldfield fan or not (I am), avoid this turkey.