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||Posted: Aug. 10 2011, 22:32
|Quote (arron11196 @ Jan. 28 2006, 10:08)|
|Upon listening several times, and the albums before and after, I'm now more or less convinced that Crises was something that mike needed to get out of his system. It's like... QE2 overall had a happy feeling, whereas Discovery after it has a rather more personal tone IMHO.|
Crises is musically, similar in structure to Tubular Bells part one, only with less sections. If we back track for a while, back to that time, and analyse what might have happened... Mike thinks, 'hey, I've been making this music for 3 years or so, It's really really good. It was a great success. Maybe I can make something like it, similar in construct, but different in effect. Hence Ommadawn - Basically a massive buildup for side 1, the aftermath for side 2. Crises appears to follow this formula.
If that is the case, then after QE2 and Five Miles Out and Platinum, 3 successive albums where he had not composed something long and breathtaking and Oldfield, in the most original sense, this feels like a return to this ethic. This is why I say he needed this - the brief foray into popular music that was Platinum and QE2 left him feeling a little under-Oldfielded, and whilst the man in charge, RB, demanded more conventional music, perhaps to offset Mike's hatred of Punk, which Virgin had signed a fair amount of I'm told, Mike needed to get back to his roots. That's what I think Crises is about... Crises is about the return to his former compositional style... albeit briefly and with new instruments and techniques gathered in the 10 years since his career took off.
Great thoutghts, well constructed and argumented.
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