This CD by the the British art-rocker also includes a video game.
TRES LUNAS is certainly deserving of a wide audience, and not only for the presence of vocalist Jude Sim (most notably on the pop standout "To Be Free") and Oldfield's guitar-synth approximation of saxophone on the opening "Misty." The melodies are more focused than on some of Oldfield's other albums, while his occasional over-reliance on mood and texture is replaced by some powerfully emotional playing -- there are moments when his guitars leap out of the speakers with a passion that he once seemed to have forgotten. Overall, TRES LUNAS is an album that not only values its place in Oldfield's catalog, it deserves it as well.
If, like me, you've been a fan of Mike Oldfield's music and still think of Ommadawn or Incantations as masterpieces, you'll probably be disappointed by Tres Lunas. Some tracks may sound good, bu others just don't resonate, and anyway most of them are far too long. Before writing this review, I tried to listen to the record at least 4 or 5 times and in the end I didn't even find it really PLEASANT. The more you listen to it, the more boring it tends to get - it doesn't really grow up on you. As to the saxophone he uses, it doesn't fit with the music. That was a very bad idea I think.
Had the record come from someone else, I would have called it a deserving effort - not so great but still promising.
Yet, it is Mike Oldfield and as he is such an old hand in the business, he should know better than that. Tres Lunas just doesn't stand up to his usual high standards.
I'm starting to think he might be dead as a music composer, but doesn't seem to know it yet
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