MIKE OLDFIELD "Man on the rocks" 2014

The artist leaves the new age and the ambient sounds to return at commercial sounds of the 80 years ("moonlight shadow", for instance) using a promising young singer, Luke Spiller (great performance for "I give myself away"). It's a pop with many "California Beat Style" ballads or Paul McCartney's echoes ("Dreaming with the wind", "Man on the rocks"), sounds more rock and epic with "Chariots" and "Nuclear". Pleasant album, well-designed but not memorable.
Best tracks: "I give myself away", "Dreaming in the wind". 7/10
 
"St. Carolyn by the Sea/Suite from there will be blood" is the new album from the Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) and Bruce Dessner's  (The National) collaboration.
Out 03 march 2014, Deutsche Grammophone/Universal.