OK so I've been an Oldfield fan for 25 years and love practically every note he recorded up to Songs Of A Distant Earth. Millenium Bell was the turning point and I've not enjoyed much since. I am also a big fan of electronic music past and present, from Bruce Haack to Diskjokke. I was expecting the worst from this release, having long since tired of the endless re-hashing of Tubular Bells. It came up as recommended listening on Spotify and I thought why not..
Well I was pleasantly suprised to begin with. The re-constructions of the instrumental tracks actually worked. They've been given a lot of thought and the sound is genuinely contemporary without losing the character of the original. Not quite as effective as say Kraftwerks "The Mix" but impressive and enjoyable.
Then came the turning point: To France. Oh dear God... The songs do NOT work. Not in any sense, they are truly cringe making. I couldn't listen. It's Oldfield goes X-Factor.
So, like any review on here this is just an opinion and it appears others have somehow managed to derive pleasure from these abominations. Fair play, but in an age where new music is instantly accessible as a stream, I would encourage anyone thinking of buying this to have a proper listen first. Not 10 second teaser clips, but a full audition. If you decide it still floats your boat, then all good, but if like me you think half of it isn't worthy of even the most cloth eared of nincompoops, then proceed with caution and look at buying individual downloads.
Oh, and a note for Mike: If you're reading, please, please stick to doing what you have always done better than anyone else, creating organic, instrumental music with soul, quality musicianship and endless layers and melodies that create a musical treasure trove for the listeners to discover and enjoy forever. Oh and the occasional gem of a pop song :-)
(...and remaster Passed You By for a proper release)
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