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Light & Shade Enhanced, Import

3.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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After 33 years in music 2005 brings a new era for Mike Oldfield. Earlier 2005, Mercury Records were honored that an artist with such an unquestionable musical heritage chose them as his new home. The first fruit of this partnership is the stunning album entitled Light & Shade. With Light & Shade Mike Oldfield has presented a collection of songs that sit proudly among the many classic moments in an amazing career. He is an artist like no other and he continues to produce timeless, unique and inspirational music that will enthrall listeners for many years to come.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 10, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • ASIN: B000B7HY9M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on November 3, 2005
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I own nearly all of Oldfield's albums, and some are better than others. I'm sure Oldfield fans have their favorites (which aren't necessarily my favorites--like 1990's "Amarok"). I'll say that "Light + Shade" offers some of the best music Mike has produced since 1994's "Songs Of Distant Earth". There are actual memorable melodies here like "Sunset", "Pres De Toi", "Lakme (Fruity Loops)", "Surfing", "Angelique", "First Steps", "Quicksilver" and others.

Mike Oldfield, along with Vangelis and Tangerine Dream, was one of the first pioneers of New Age/Classical music, and he's proven himself a talent. However, the creativity department has been lacking in the past decade. "Light + Shade" is a step in the right direction.

The album is greater than the sum of its individual parts. Oldfield re-utilizes "Tubuluar Bells" segments mixed strategically into some of the songs. While some might be harsh in criticizing this albums, I found that it's one of his better instrumental albums. I was disappointed with "Tres Lunas", "Guitars", "Tubular Bells 3" and "Millenium Bell", and I really wish Mike would do away with "Tubular Bells altogether because I've had enough of the different interpretations of that piece of music.

Even though "Light + Shade" is a return to form, I'd still like to see him try something new--especially after being around for 33 years. There's nothing to lose, Mike, and why not return to what you do best which is electronic pop songs. Set aside the intrumental background music and return to "Five Miles Out", "Crises", "Discovery", "Islands" and "Earth Moving" territory for a little while.
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Like many other reviewers of this double-cd, I was beginning to feel that Mr Oldfield had lost his touch. Upon first listening to this album, I found it to be ok, not great, but ok. But being a die hard fan, I kept coming back to it, and it grew on me. I came to quite enjoy both cd's, especially the "Light" cd, with its standout, sensational songs "Our Father" and "Sunset". The second cd takes a few more listens, but I have come to like it just as much. Be patient folks; not every album is an instant classic! Give this one a fair chance, and if you are a fan of Mike's music, you will find yourself rewarded with lots of great tunes.
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So you're new to Oldfield's music or you're a fan of old and want to know what the old maestro is up to. Is Light and Shade the album to go for? I would say tread very lightly! Light & Shade follows very closely in the foot-steps of the frankly awful Tr3s Lunas but is even worse. It is at times a very comforting listen but ultimately too safe, unchallenging and boring.

Oldfield clearly has some of his musical faculties still in place here, occasionaly a rather pleasing tune announces itself Angelique or The Gate for example but for the larger part there is too much repitition with no real development. The sepration of light and shade into discs 1 and 2 seems completely pointless to me, I don't like to compare each album to his previous masterpieces but the juxtaposition of differing moods was always one of his great strengths.

Most significantly for me on this album I don't feel any real human emotion. The music, especially the percussion, is very obviously programmed which I do not inherently have a problem with, I like a lot electronic music but it just doesn't work here at all. Further to that I get the impression that anyone with a laptop and some music software could knock this together very easily and so there is no sense of mystery, no "whoa, how did he do that?".

I have to mention the tiresome use of that chime bar effect in all the climaxes (if you can call them such), there are only so many of these I can listen to and one of them, namely in Surfing, actually cuts out half-way through, sounds like a lazy school boy error to me, a real shame because Surfing might have been the albums redeeming feature but it falls into all the same production pit-falls as most of Oldfield's music from his regretable 'chill-out' phase.
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This is one of those albums that has to be heard at least 7, 8 times before it "sinks in", so to speak. At first, I was a bit disappointed, but now I think there are great songs on it. I've listened to Oldfield practically all my life and consider myself to be true fan, but realistic - of course not all of his work is great, but I've come to respect him - every one of his albums is different, and he doesn't repeat himself much. Light+Shade definately hides some "treasures", but I repeat: you have to give it a chance - listen to it a few times, and you'll start to like a song or two that you'll repeat dozens of times.
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I must admit that I am big fan of Mike Oldfield and virtually all of his work. Everyne of his albums has its qualities and while I have favorite albums I generally like the m all. That beeing said I have to say that Light + Shade is one of Mike's best releases to date. Very different sound between the "Light" disk and the "Shade" disk. While the "Light" disk is very much reminiscent of the "Songs form a Distant Earth" album, the "Shade" disk very much a more modern techno beat with Mike's twists of course. I would highly recommend this release to any Oldfield fan. You will be able to appreciate it! Definitely one of Mike's best releases! I am thankful that after so many years Mike continues to deliver such incredible and diverse music to his fans! Thank you Mike!
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