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NEW Mike Oldfield - Light & Shade (CD)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars uninspired Jan. 6 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Compared to Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Incantations, and Amarok, this cd is quite uninspired. Its as if Mike wrote this stuff the weekend before it was due. Despite 2 good tracks (Angelique and Our Father), the "light" cd pushes the whole "relaxed" thing too far, if Mike can write an hour long piece (Amarok) without making it boring, why can't he do this with a 4 minute song? The "shade" cd is more generic new wave/trance crap, why is this legendary artist using an amateur program like Fruity Loops for his music?
The u-myx idea is cool, but you're limited to choosing which tracks are on/off and their volume. It's not much of a mix if you can't change the position of certain tracks in the song, so the u-myx thing is pretty much useless for real mixing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the ever evolving Oldfield Dec 6 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've lived through the many fazes and faces of MO and I can tell you he continues to be well connected to his muse. It is difficult to stop listening to this release, especially the first disc, "Light". I find myself moving to that point of inner peace with selections like "The Gate" in much the same way as I do with "The Sunken Forest" from TSODE. This is the music you have as backround when entertaining friends or staring at a starlit sky on a crisp winter night. I will move this one into my listening rotation along with "Incantations", "Voyager", and "Amarok".
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing, Timeless and Inspirational Nov. 14 2005
Format:Audio CD
Mike Oldfield has hit paydirt again with this latest offering of New Age music. Like "The Songs of Distant Earth", this album is more meditative and transcendental than the earthier Tubular Bells quartet, and is readily accessible to any one tired of the rush of so-called modern life. The twist here is Oldfield's genius in using the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art technology to produce tranquility and beauty of truly timeless charm end emotion. Oldfield always takes me to places I always wanted to go, but never knew how to get there, and this album is no exception. An absolute must for all Enya, McKinnett and New Age devotees, whose roots are exposed by this master of their craft.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surfing. Nov. 3 2005
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I own nearly all of Oldfield's albums, and some are better than others. I'm sure Oldfield fans have their favorites (which aren't necessarily my favorites--like 1990's "Amarok"). I'll say that "Light + Shade" offers some of the best music Mike has produced since 1994's "Songs Of Distant Earth". There are actual memorable melodies here like "Sunset", "Pres De Toi", "Lakme (Fruity Loops)", "Surfing", "Angelique", "First Steps", "Quicksilver" and others.

Mike Oldfield, along with Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, was one of the first pioneers of New Age/Classical music, and he's proven himself a talent. However, the creativity department has been lacking in the past decade. "Light + Shade" is a step in the right direction.

The album is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Oldfield re-utilizes "Tubuluar Bells" segments mixed strategically into some of the songs. While some might be harsh in criticizing this albums, I found that it's one of his better instrumental albums. I was disappointed with "Tres Lunas", "Guitars", "Tubular Bells 3" and "Millenium Bell", and I really wish Mike would do away with "Tubular Bells altogether because I've had enough of the different interpretations of that piece of music.

Even though "Light + Shade" is a return to form, I'd still like to see him try something new--especially after being around for 33 years. There's nothing to lose, Mike, and why not return to what you do best which is electronic pop songs. Set aside the intrumental background music and return to "Five Miles Out", "Crises", "Discovery", "Islands" and "Earth Moving" territory for a little while.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improves with each listen May 30 2006
By Booggit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like many other reviewers of this double-cd, I was beginning to feel that Mr Oldfield had lost his touch. Upon first listening to this album, I found it to be ok, not great, but ok. But being a die hard fan, I kept coming back to it, and it grew on me. I came to quite enjoy both cd's, especially the "Light" cd, with its standout, sensational songs "Our Father" and "Sunset". The second cd takes a few more listens, but I have come to like it just as much. Be patient folks; not every album is an instant classic! Give this one a fair chance, and if you are a fan of Mike's music, you will find yourself rewarded with lots of great tunes.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance... Nov. 4 2005
By Gogo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums that has to be heard at least 7, 8 times before it "sinks in", so to speak. At first, I was a bit disappointed, but now I think there are great songs on it. I've listened to Oldfield practically all my life and consider myself to be true fan, but realistic - of course not all of his work is great, but I've come to respect him - every one of his albums is different, and he doesn't repeat himself much. Light+Shade definately hides some "treasures", but I repeat: you have to give it a chance - listen to it a few times, and you'll start to like a song or two that you'll repeat dozens of times.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like it... Sept. 18 2006
By Jason Greenwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's funny, I've been a fan of Mike's forever (I have the original Tubular Bells... on VINYL, for crying out loud), but I had been getting tired of the older sound. The sound he has on this double album is definitely a modern one, and one that really works for me. I can see some people who liked his older stuff not liking this, but it's apples and oranges, really. If you like the idea of Mike Oldfield doing electronica/trance/techno, you'll really like this album. If not... well... i wouldn't buy it. =)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful a tapestry of music Dec 11 2005
By M. Woodard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I admit I like Mike Oldfield, he has, over many albums, varied his music and styles, some have been more appealing than others but I find I am rarely disappointed when a new release comes along. This is no exception. He has extended some of the tres lunas material and I know that has not been some peoples favorite. But after several listenings I am mezmerized by several songs on these two albums. I read many other reviews before buying and I am frankly puzzled that so many Mike Oldfield fans indicate they are disappointed or that this work is only fair. I find some much of this music uplifting and full of so many musical colors. Take sunset on the first cd, how awesome can a musical piece get. I crank this one up full blast in my car and listen to it repeatedly IT IS one of his best. For those who like Mike's piano, he has more piano on this set than any and it is truly beautiful. Starting with the first two songs on the first CD you are carried away in fantasy by this music. On the second cd everyone will agree quicksilver is great it grabs you and won't let go but surfing is a real trip, my kids are singing that all around the house. I really recommend this cd set. It is a bit mellower than some of Mike's past releases, the guitar work is less edgy but much of the work is more complex and totally puts you in a upbeat mood. It is worth five stars on it's own merits. I hope Mike has more of the same coming.
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