Joined: April 2003
||Posted: Mar. 28 2005, 16:24
Ooh, nifty! There's the opportunity for me to do some sort of track-by-track review, just like I did with TB2003. Now that someone else did it, I won't sound egocentrical having my own try! Let's see...
1- Muse (B) - Eh, this is just plainly generic. Nothing here tells me it was MIKE OLDFIELD who wrote the melody, and I could perfectly think it was taken from a book of guitar exercises. I like Mike's music for its idiosyncratic beauty, not this.
2- Cochise (A) - Better, already. I laughed when read that the song was based on "Whole Lotta Love" (I mean... really! ), but at least he managed to take that prototype of a melody from the GODAWFUL "Jewel In The Crown" and make something quite cool with it. I like the rhythm.
3- Embers (A-) - Eee, quite beautiful, but nothing much more. Would work wonders if inserted in a bigger work, but as a "standalone", it's also good. I could DEFINITELY do without the MIDI guitar, though - stupid, stupid gimmick.
4- Summit Day (A) - Oh, I really like this one. The melody is good, and structurally, this is pretty much "Fake Plastic Trees". I guess that's why I like it so much...
5- Out Of Sight (C ) - Ridiculous - from the "When The Levee Breaks" samples to the AWFUL, AWFUL, DETESTABLE buzzy distorted guitar. Come on, does Mike really think that's "rock 'n' roll dude"? It's the very definition of an old fella trying to sound young and cool, even more clumsily than Bono. Worthless riff, too.
6- B. Blues (C+) - Oh, please. I pretty much don't need to say anything else, but I should. Oh, I just won't, I'd just start snickering uncontrollably.
7- Four Winds (B-) - Do NOT compare this to Amarok, really! While the transitions may feel equally clumsy to some people, the two compositions are opposites. This is NOTHING but four incomplete ideas slammed against each other in a "okay, let's see if this works" manner. Amarok is not like that, but I digress. Even though none of these four parts is offensive, they're all quite worthless - the "rockin'" part is just as stupid as "Out Of Sight", the "gentle" part is nice but forgettable, the "Indian" (snicker) part has a cool solo, and the "Shadows" part is... heh.
8- Enigmatism (B+) - I keep forgetting how this one goes, but I remember it's pretty good. Atmosphere and atmosphere, yes, but nothing much more. And in an album like this, I need more substance - "Embers" was atmospheric enough already. Still kinda nice.
9- Out Of Mind (A+) - Oh, well, this one I like. The "Tribute to the Rolling Stones" thing doesn't sound ridiculous, and the song DOES remind me of the Stones, in a good way. Good melody, and some actually good guitar and drum sounds. Great twists here and there, too. The switch from acoustic to electric at the start is a nice touch.
10- From The Ashes (B-) - Pff... The last thing I need is a "conceptual" reprise. Why? This is no concept album, for goodness's sake. Gimmicky, doesn't add anything new, and he would actually repeat the gimmick in Tr3s Lunas. Why? Just why?
In the end, the album is just mediocre, but not bad. Most songs are listenable, and some are really enjoyable. I wouldn't say I like it - my reaction to it is "meh". But when I consider the horror that came after this album, I actually feel a little better about it. Overall, this would get a B-, or maybe a B.
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