Joined: April 2003
||Posted: May 01 2005, 20:26
I just had to give 'Wild Goose Flaps Its Wings' another listen, because of all the talk it gets here. Among then 10 tracks on Voyager, that's the only one I couldn't remember a thing of. And listening to it now, I can see why. It's filler, to me. Sounds like Mike had 5 minutes in blank, so he threw a half finished melody and improvised the rest. It's not that a track like that doesn't work by definition, but... Well, I have to say this here. Mike's guitar playing alone doesn't get much of my attention. Of course, there are exceptions - my definitive Oldfield guitar moment is still the end of Tubular Bells side 2, i.e. "Ambient Guitars", but the original one: moodiness, spontaneity, atmosphere, layered guitars... nothing more is needed.
Actually, I'm really impressed at the way Mike works the guitar in his compositions, how he can make one instrument play so many roles at once, and overall how his playing takes the composition forwards. But when he tries to put the spotlight entirely on himself, he loses me. And "Wild Goose" sounds way too much like those heavy metal million-notes-per-minute guitarists trying to show themselves as "soulful", with the mandatory Celtic melody "twist". I can see how this track can impress other people, though. The "interpretation" given above is beautiful. But I just don't have that poetic mind, and it's all about my tastes when it comes to Mike as a guitarist. I'm all about composition and arrangement, melody and content. That must be why other songs like "Crystal Clear" miss me completely.
His "in song" solos still RULE, though.
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