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Mike Oldfield


Crossover Prog

3.15 | 172 ratings

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3 stars How fantastic Mike Oldfield is here again with a fine record with many songs and a lot of music. This time it's 2014 and the record's name is "Man on the rocks" and we can see an opening in a rock where we see the sea on the cover picture. Mike Oldfield is the master of guitars and keyboards on this record and the other musicians are Luke Spiller who sings, John Robinson who drums and Leland Sklar who plays bass.

There are a lot to praise on this album some things to complain on. Firstly it's lovely to hear Oldfield's characteristic guitar, most likely those on "Crises" and secondly he has found a very talanted singer to sing his songs. Luke Spiller has a strong and very poetic voice that fits this music well. On some of these songs they have really made a good job. Particularly the title track "Man on the rocks" is fantastic(10/10), I love it very much, it is poetic, harmonic and has a lot of great guitars. The first song "Sailing" is a lovely pop song(7/10) almost in class with those on "Crises". Then we have "Nuclear" which is less enthusiastic than the other's but takes place in a fine atmosphere(7/10) and "Moonshine" is also a fine track(6/10). The others aren't as interesting. "Minutes", "Dreaming in the wind", "Chariots" and "Castaway" are quite nice songs(5/10) but the three songs in the end are actually very bad(3/10), these three should you definitely skip but listen to the eight first and get a nice collection of songs. I will let the strongs sections be higher valued than the weak ones.

For well made compositions, some nice guitar and Luke's great vocals I will give three stars. But I don't think this is enough for Oldfield, I would have liked to hear more of his guitars.

DrömmarenAdrian | 3/5 |


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