Mike Oldfield is back! You know, the extremely talented musician who recorded some real masterpieces in the past, like Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn, etc.
So, after a series of rather unsuccessful albums, (that had nothing to offer really), he decided to surprise us with this new brilliant album!
Return to Ommadawn includes two long suites, which brings to memory the vinyl days. One song for each side of the vinyl edition of the album. (Those who grew up with vinyl albums know perfectly well what I’m talking about).
So, what we have here, are the two parts of the same suite, both instrumental and beautiful.
Mike Oldfield is playing a big variety of instruments, including guitars, piano, bouzouki, banjo, accordion, mandolin, glockenspiel and percussions, among others.
There is a strong “essence” of traditional English and Celtic music spread throughout the album, and that is something I think is wonderful, and improves the listening enjoyment. (Well, mine at least).
The structure and the changing tunes and motives of these two songs give the impression of different songs, but the truth is that it is always the same song; which keeps coming back to the repeatable main theme every now and then.
I don’t know about you, but personally speaking I was kind of impressed. And although it is too early, I have the feeling that Return to Ommadawn is going to be one of the albums that will make the difference this year! To those that can appreciate this kind of music at least.
If you want my advice, find/buy the album, put it on your device, (PC, CD, vinyl player, or whatever device you use), pour a glass of wine, sit comfortable, and get ready for a beautiful "travel", having Mike Olfield’s music as the soundtrack. You will definitely enjoy it!
4.0 out of 5.0 stars.