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My first, and definitely not the last!
on 12 January 2013
This is my first Terry Oldfield album. Having been a fan of his better-known brother Mike, it's strange I haven't listened to Terry's music before. I bought this album on the spur of the moment, while looking for intriguing ethnic-inspired ambient music. I am also a fan of the music by Medwyn Goodall, so I thought Terry Oldfield's music would be nice to include in my discography.
Spirit of the Rainforest is definitely an album worth to have if you like new age / ambient music with natural or ethnic sounds. The album is divided into two tracks of 28 and 27 minutes in length. The first is more raw, with the sound of the flute and the pan flute over natural sounds. toward the end of the track it unravels a bit, but more sonic heaven is definitely on the second track, The Listening Heaven. Somewhere in the middle, the music surges in intensity and emotions, and it sound simply heavenly. It's beautiful. The track then gets quieter, returning to the peaceful, meditative character of the first track.
The music, while being of the new age genre, luckily escapes the shallowness of many typical new-age productions. It is also not so sugar-sweet like many albums of the genre (for example some albums by Medwyn Goodall or countless lesser-known artists who cash in on the popularity of such music). It's a solid piece of work. Both relaxing, and pleasant to listen to. I definitely recommend this album!