Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2 CD set. 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 a stunning double album entitled Light & Shade. With Light & Shade Mike Oldfield has presented a collection of songs that sit proudly amongst 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. Includes 'Pres de Toi' and 'Lakme (Fruity Loops)' that do not appear on the U.S. equivalent. Mercury. 2005.
Photographer: Andy Carne.
Arranger: Mike Oldfield.
Mike Oldfield, one of the legendary figures of British progressive rock, returned with this ambitious two-disc set. 2005's Light + Shade is divided into two parts: the "Light" portion featuring upbeat and melodic tunes, and the "Shade" disc leans to moodier and more atmospheric compositions. As is his custom, Oldfield plays all the instruments on Light + Shade, as well as handling most of the recording himself; several of the selections from the album became part of the score for the virtual reality games Maestro and Tres Lunas. ~ Mark Deming