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Posted: Dec. 19 2017, 20:24

I plan to buy it today. Between Amarok and Hergest Ridge? They're arguably the extremes, stylistically, of Mike's work... I look forward to hearing it.
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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.


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Posted: Jan. 17 2019, 17:18

Quote (First_Excursion @ Aug. 04 2017, 05:54)
I have listened to it twice now, that was all I could bear.

I had a dream that there was a new MO album I really liked... that's why I listened to it the second time.

If I had only listened once or twice, I'd never have discovered Mike Oldfield at all. Or many of the musicians I like so much.
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Posted: Jan. 18 2019, 04:48

Exactly. Mike Oldfield's albums take repeat listening to really appreciate them, take Amarok for example, a lot of people have said they didn't get it the first time, but after repeated listens they say it's a masterpiece. I really love Return to Ommadawn.

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Posted: Jan. 18 2019, 06:02

I always find my favourite MO melodies have immediate appeal. Sometimes introductory material (for example, in "Music from the Balcony") can distract, but only briefly...
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