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10.08.21 Mike Oldfield (ranked)02.25.20 Favourite albums 2010-2019
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Mike Oldfield (ranked)

I like him, I hate him.
1Mike Oldfield

While "Tubular bells" went on to haunt his entire career, this right here is his artistic peak. Especially the build up in the finale of Pt. 1 is pure genius.
2Mike Oldfield

What happens if a musician spontaneously decides to piss off his record label? The answer: 60 minutes of madness. "Amarok" contains some of Oldfield's greatest melodies, it also loses itself at times. But the last minute might be the greatest moment ever recorded.
3Mike Oldfield
Hergest Ridge

Ethereal. That's the first word I could think of. "Hergest ridge" delves deep into folk music. I especially love the "thunderstorm" part. It shreds.
4Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells

There it is. The one that started it all. You know the story: Young guy, lots of studio time, millions of overdubs. Richard Branson largely owes his wealth to this piece of music. Thanks Mike. The first five minutes are perfection, I also like the ending of Pt. 1. Pt. 2 is all over the place, but still enjoyable.
5Mike Oldfield

I grew up with this album, it was one of my brother's favourite records. It's from a transitional period and contains an ABBA cover and a Phil Collins appearance. Luckily, only on drums. I recommend the Montreux show from this era.
6Mike Oldfield

That's a difficult one. It's very Philip Glass if that makes sense. At times, it creates great atmospheres, but overall, it's a bit too long and unfocused.
7Mike Oldfield
Five Miles Out

This is the one before Oldfield became a real pop star. The title track rules. The rest is a mixed bag.
8Mike Oldfield

Oldfield went through a deep personal crisis before he made this album which explains the radical stylistic shift. It's not bad, but the magic from his first few albums is gone.
9Mike Oldfield
Songs Of Distant Earth

The 90s were rough for the Englishman. But somehow, he managed to record at least one good album. It's clearly influenced by contemporary easy listening trends, but offers some fantastic melodic work.
10Mike Oldfield
Return to Ommadawn

When he announced "Return to Ommadawn", I was very afraid. But the album turned out alright. Lots of nostalgia and self-plagiarism, but still enjoyable.
11Mike Oldfield

Hits, hits, hits. I love Maggie Reilly's voice, but some of these songs are beyond overplayed. "Foreign affair" is great, though.
12Mike Oldfield

"To France" clearly is the classic on here, but the rest ain't too shabby either. His last good 80s record.
13Mike Oldfield

"Mont St. Michel" deserves a special mention. It towers over the rest of "Voyager" which is a focused, but mediocre album.
14Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells II

This album simply does nothing for me. I don't like it but I don't hate it either.
15Mike Oldfield

This is Oldfield's best impression of "Hours" era David Bowie.
16Mike Oldfield
Music of the Spheres

His best album from the 00s.
17Mike Oldfield
Tr3s Lunas

Mike Oldfield, background noise edition.
18Mike Oldfield
Light + Shade

See 17.
19Mike Oldfield

Now it's getting interesting. Here we can witness a man losing touch to his artistic self.
20Mike Oldfield
Heaven's Open

It's mindboggling that this album came out after "Amarok". Mike tried to be a singer on here and he could have done worse.
21Mike Oldfield
Man on the Rocks

The cover speaks for the entire record. Rich guy sits on island and creates bland songs with bland lyrics and invites a bland singer to sing them.
22Mike Oldfield
The Millennium Bell

While not as bad as "Tubular bells 3", this is still pretty bad.
23Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells III

I know some people like this one. But LISTEN to it. These cheap synths, the terrible dance beats. Nah.
24Mike Oldfield
The Killing Fields

A bad soundtrack for a forgotten movie.
25Mike Oldfield
Earth Moving

Compare this to other music from 1989, and it's shit. Compare it to Oldfield's discography and it's utterly embarrassing.
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