Joined: Sep. 2011
||Posted: Jan. 13 2018, 12:40
It's taken me a while to get round to buying Return to Ommadawn. There are many reasons unrelated to music (other things happening etc), but I was wary because of some of the comments made, especially relating to recording quality. I'm very aware of bad EQing, over use of compression etc, and find it a real problem with a lot of contemporary albums.
But now I've been able to listen to it properly I love this album. I can find no issues with the recording at all. I can appreciate how some of the acoustic guitar parts and so on might come across as too bright, but in the whole context of the album I think that works as part of the orchestration. The tones and textures sound beautifully placed to me.
It isn't as deeply emotional and dark as the original Ommadawn becomes in places, but I think that just tells us something of the different place Mike Oldfield is in now compared with where he was in 1975. Return to Ommadawn isn't shallow, or lacking in weight, to my mind; it's a coherent evocation of an emotional place, and has plenty of depth and richness.
Bradnor Hill (in memory of David Bedford): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKeATjaMCgA