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Guitars

Mike Oldfield

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Ever the sonic experimentalist, Mike Oldfield uses guitars exclusively (strummed, plucked, struck, sampled, etc.) to create every sound on Guitars. Perhaps an intentional response to the composer's previous assortment of electronic recordings, the album suffers from its form-over-substance concept. The more delicate, acoustic material ("Summit Days," "Muse," "Enigmatism") has the meditative, elegant quality listeners would naturally expect from Oldfield. But the crunchier rock guitar ensembles seem to lack Oldfield's usual sense of order and purpose. "Four Winds," an unfinished cluster of distorted racket, really misses its mark. Miscues like this one demonstrate that Oldfield is as awkward with the rock form as he is accomplished with his subtle and meditative electronic creations. Innovative and at times beautiful, Guitars is another interesting experiment from one of modern music's most ambitious icons.
© Vincent Jeffries /TiVo

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1
Muse
00:02:09

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

2
Cochise
00:05:13

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

3
Embers
00:03:49

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

4
Summit Day
00:03:46

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

5
Out of Sight
00:03:47

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

6
B Blues
00:04:27

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

7
Four Winds
00:09:31

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

8
Enigmatism
00:03:30

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

9
Out of Mind
00:03:45

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

10
From the Ashes
00:02:28

Mike Oldfield, Composer, Performance, MainArtist - Ben Darlow, AssistantEngineer

© 1999 Oldfield Music Ltd. for the UK and Oldfield Music Overseas Ltd. for the world outside the UK. ℗ 1999 Warner Music UK Ltd.

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Ever the sonic experimentalist, Mike Oldfield uses guitars exclusively (strummed, plucked, struck, sampled, etc.) to create every sound on Guitars. Perhaps an intentional response to the composer's previous assortment of electronic recordings, the album suffers from its form-over-substance concept. The more delicate, acoustic material ("Summit Days," "Muse," "Enigmatism") has the meditative, elegant quality listeners would naturally expect from Oldfield. But the crunchier rock guitar ensembles seem to lack Oldfield's usual sense of order and purpose. "Four Winds," an unfinished cluster of distorted racket, really misses its mark. Miscues like this one demonstrate that Oldfield is as awkward with the rock form as he is accomplished with his subtle and meditative electronic creations. Innovative and at times beautiful, Guitars is another interesting experiment from one of modern music's most ambitious icons.
© Vincent Jeffries /TiVo

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