Joined: May 2006
||Posted: Aug. 17 2006, 16:24
I only bought this Album the other day. I loved it from start to finish. After playing through it, I immediately thought how similar it sounded to QE2 in some ways.
QE2 is full of sea-faring pieces of music, mostly written by Mike Oldfield, and it explores "modern" interpretations of life at sea, with pieces such as "Arrival" and "Wonderful Land".
In Voyager, Mike does pretty much the same thing, by interpreting the act of exploring the world through more oceanic-type pieces of music. Again, he uses some of his own compositions, and this time, he gives his own special treatment to Traditional pieces such as "Women of Ireland".
In this way, I think Voyager can be seen as Mike's special addition to QE2. They are both great Albums and wonderfully convey a life full of voyages out on the seven seas. QE2 looks at the "modern" view of life at sea. Voyager takes a step back and seems to look at the origins of simply
travelling, and old values it takes with it.
I may be reading a bit too deep into it, and I may have written this all in a rather long-winding manner, but what do you think?
"Three blokes go into a pub, one of them's a little bit stupid, then the whole scene unfolds, with a tedious inevitability."