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NEW Mike Oldfield - Light & Shade (CD)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000B5KEUK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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MIKE OLDFIELD Light And Shade (2005 UK 18-track double CD album comprises of two albums with different personalities Light - a set of atmospheric ambient songs and Shade - a more up-tempo collection with a darker moodier feel and both are a reflection of the two sides of his musical personality and includes the UK Bonus recordings Pres De Toi & Lakme [Fruity Loops]; picture sleeve with back inlay)

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By A Customer on Jan. 6 2006
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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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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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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By Jason Stein - Published on
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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f18ac18) out of 5 stars Improves with each listen May 30 2006
By Booggit - Published on
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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fdcc06c) out of 5 stars Give it a chance... Nov. 4 2005
By Gogo - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fdcc42c) out of 5 stars Excellent! Immaginative and versatile! Dec 10 2005
By R. Simeonov - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I must admit that I am big fan of Mike Oldfield and virtually all of his work. Everyne of his albums has its qualities and while I have favorite albums I generally like the m all. That beeing said I have to say that Light + Shade is one of Mike's best releases to date. Very different sound between the "Light" disk and the "Shade" disk. While the "Light" disk is very much reminiscent of the "Songs form a Distant Earth" album, the "Shade" disk very much a more modern techno beat with Mike's twists of course. I would highly recommend this release to any Oldfield fan. You will be able to appreciate it! Definitely one of Mike's best releases! I am thankful that after so many years Mike continues to deliver such incredible and diverse music to his fans! Thank you Mike!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fdcc510) out of 5 stars A paler shade of pale Aug. 20 2012
By Edward Leedskalnin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
So you're new to Oldfield's music or you're a fan of old and want to know what the old maestro is up to. Is Light and Shade the album to go for? I would say tread very lightly! Light & Shade follows very closely in the foot-steps of the frankly awful Tr3s Lunas but is even worse. It is at times a very comforting listen but ultimately too safe, unchallenging and boring.

Oldfield clearly has some of his musical faculties still in place here, occasionaly a rather pleasing tune announces itself Angelique or The Gate for example but for the larger part there is too much repitition with no real development. The sepration of light and shade into discs 1 and 2 seems completely pointless to me, I don't like to compare each album to his previous masterpieces but the juxtaposition of differing moods was always one of his great strengths.

Most significantly for me on this album I don't feel any real human emotion. The music, especially the percussion, is very obviously programmed which I do not inherently have a problem with, I like a lot electronic music but it just doesn't work here at all. Further to that I get the impression that anyone with a laptop and some music software could knock this together very easily and so there is no sense of mystery, no "whoa, how did he do that?".

I have to mention the tiresome use of that chime bar effect in all the climaxes (if you can call them such), there are only so many of these I can listen to and one of them, namely in Surfing, actually cuts out half-way through, sounds like a lazy school boy error to me, a real shame because Surfing might have been the albums redeeming feature but it falls into all the same production pit-falls as most of Oldfield's music from his regretable 'chill-out' phase.

Oldfield has always liked to keep up with music technology but I hate to say it, Light and Shade actaully sounds very dated, there were moments when I thought I was listening Jean Michel Jarre some 20 years ago and not the good stuff either! And all that trance, dance-floor stuff is just embarrassing.

I do feel a pang of guilt slating an Oldfield album so heavily but although there are one or two pleasant moments this really is a poor album. Listen to the samples first before diving in to make sure it's your cup of tea.

If it's a modern or more recent Oldfield release you're after I would suggest Music Of The Spheres, it's a much stronger album than this. If you're a fervent Oldfield fan or were impressed by Oldfield's earlier albums I would track down Andrew Taylor's Mohribold album (google it!). This guy has clearly soaked up Tubular Bells, Ommadawn and all the rest with a great thirst though he does show a flare, palette and technique all of his own too. I downloaded it from a site called bandcamp and have listened to it a lot. If, like me, you were disappointed with Tres Lunas and Light & Shade Mohribold will help fill that hole where a new really great Oldfield album should be.