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||Posted: Jan. 14 2005, 04:16
|Quote (Phil Moakes @ Jan. 13 2005, 17:27)|
|I suspect we quibble a bit over terms. You can argue over production values, arrangements, the mix etc and find 'flaws'. What I meant was that those imperfections make it human, and put it head and shoulders above other examples of similar genre that followed. In my opinion, Ommadawn Pt 1 is still Mike Oldfield's best 19 odd minutes ever, even given the stiff competition from the Tubular Bells variations. It gets at something that is raw and simple and still gives me that 'Oh my god' feeling down the back of the neck - nearly 30 years later !!|
I agree that it's his best 19 minutes ever, but I'll be damned if I hear any 'imperfections'. I do hear some very human, very dynamic and very organic music making (a miracle for what is essentially a one-man band), and maybe this is what you mean by 'raw'. I tend to reserve 'raw' for punk rock, garage bands, live albums and shaky demo recordings myself!
And yesterday I saw Incantations describes as 'simple' and today it's Ommadawn's turn. Am I surrounded by rocket scientists and brain surgeons?!?! This music is 'simple'? I'll be damned if I know anyone capable of doing something this complex. I suppose the basic chord structures or whatever may be 'simple', but surely the execution is anything but?
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