By Al P
Mr Oldfield this is interesting stuff, not really ground breaking, but despite that I do like it. The references to TB are there perhaps a little too obviously, but that's OK I guess; if anyone can pull it off then Mike can. Let's not get too carried away,remember we have been here before in the last 5 years and not one of Mike's projects during that time has really come up trumps. I get a different feeling about this piece and I eagerly await the full version.
Just home from work...
By Mr 1973
Great to get home, purchase a new track, sit back and take it in. I personally am very picky when it comes to Mr O and hope this track is a reflection of the new work because I like it.
A beautiful if not haunting piece
I agree with an earlier reviewer. The beginning is a little lost and does not really blend well together. It reminds me of two river boats sailing upstream together one trying to out do the other, then after approaching a rapids, they go their separate ways. After the two tunes fade away the beautiful forcefulness of the music pulsates through in rushes and leaps, fast, powerful, then slow, haunting and melodious. The violin, that ancient string instrument still find its way into the 21st Century, amazing really, is so soothing. The vocals are beautiful and mildly chant like, powerful and soothing. I have been a fan since the original TB so many years ago now. This foray into a different genre does him proud. I hope he continues with this theme. Such a talented man. Buy this you will be thrilled and delighted with it. Beautiful.
Sphere we go again!
By flatpack dave
I joined the Oldfield journey from the Incantations release in 78, and admit that there have been some "projects" that have been better than others for Mike in those 30 years. And yes, here he goes again,this time into the world of orchestration.
From listening to the Sphere single, I am not disappointed by Mikes' venture into this area, and think this is a very good "taster" into what the Spheres ensemble will actually deliver.
Sounds stupid I know, but after all these years, I still get the terrible feeling of thinking....what if I dont like the next album.
No fear, well done Mike....sounds like the another gem.
Great but not wonderful
By Purple Rhapsody
This piece of music is really good overall but you have to get past the first 90 seconds to hear it blossom into standard Mike Oldfield instrumental arrangements. The first section seems conflicting and doesn't seem to fit together well, and the Tubular Bells references in the strings just sound cheesy in this arrangement (in the full Music of the Spheres album they sound much much better).
After the first 90 seconds though you get to hear Mike at the best he's been for a long time - there's no electric guitar becuase it doesn't fit the piece of music but the acoustic guitar, deep and clear, together with the music itself is just divine.
Mikes Back on Form
Just a taster to give a glimpse of what next weeks release of "Music Of The Spheres" is going to have to offer, and in my opinion... Mike Oldfield is back to his best with this release.
I have been waiting a very long time for the release of Mikes new album. If this track is anything to go by, then the rest should be pure chilling joy.
This is raw
This is what Mike Oldfield first came up with when conceiving Music of the Spheres, think of it as a work in progress piece. It combines Harbinger and Shabda from the finished piece, without the input from Karl Jenkins or other musicians. I rather like it.