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on 14 February 2014
With the imminent release of Oldfield's 2014 release; Man on the Rocks, I find myself drawn to his other most recent release now 6 years old. For those fans of old like myself, Music of the Spheres is a (very sweet) treat. Finally, Oldfield shakes off his frankly dreadful techno-chill phase and goes classical!!!

Harbinger, the albums opener, heralds this as another work in the Tubular Bells series. At first this grated with me but hang in there, the nods to Tubular Bells are only occasional. I find it helps to make sense of Oldfield's entire back-catalog if you see it as one big piece of music with plenty of variations on a theme along the way. I'm sure some of those grand old masters of classical music used to do this throughout their careers, Viv Aldi for example, before he set up that supermarket chain.

Joking aside, Music of the Spheres features some truly beautiful moments, it is clearly Oldfield's most rewarding work for many, many years. The only negative for me is that at times it does stray into Hollywood film-score territory. With so much of that in our lives already is this unnecessary? I might have preferred those saccharine cinematic passages to instead have been pieces more challenging to the ear of a listener matured by years of Oldfield's grander moments.

Plus....for those who yearn for a return to the sound of those early classics; Ommadawn, Hergest Ridge, Incantations and the like, an artist by the name of Andrew Taylor has come to your rescue. Look up his recent Mohribold album, many of the Oldfield faithful seem to be talking about it.
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on 19 December 2015
Mesmerizing and relaxing excellent for people who meditate or use mindfulness for pain conditions also listening to before bed is a huge help in calming your mind if you suffer from insomnia or restless sleep , not as much like tubular bells as you would expect but just as impressive.
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on 1 February 2017
Again usual fare from Mr Oldfield, easy listening no shocks and no surprises. If you are a fan you may have this already, if not then buy with confidence it is typically Oldfield....
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on 9 June 2016
A beautiful album which I find very uplifting. A much more classical vibe to it than a lot of Mike Oldfield's zanier/progressive/experimental work. Well worth adding to the collection and one of my favourite MO albums.
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on 18 March 2008
Listened to snippets , and like others say its got elements of Tubular Bells and Ommadawn re arranged and brought up to date, Ok the production is slick and the producer/orchestra have obviously listened to previous works hence the feel, but all in all I'm very impressed. Still needs a lick of slightly distorted and double speed guitar to make it really zing, and some huge bass would be nice grumbling away somewhere, but maybe thats just the IMac speakers being a bit thin.
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on 28 March 2018
As expected
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on 12 August 2017
If you like Mike Oldfield you will like this one.
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on 28 August 2017
another great collection of music,thank's.
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on 23 August 2017
Not his best work, but still worth adding to your collection if you're a fan of Mike Oldfield.
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on 1 April 2018
good to listen to
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