Music of the Spheres
Artist: Mike Oldfield
Monseur Oldfield's latest album comes in a CD-sized, DVD-style jewel case for no apparent reason, and is the promised "classical" album, co-produced by Karl "Adiemus" Jenkins, and complete with a guest appearance by Kiwi singer Hayley Westenra. Also he's ditched Warner Music in favour of Universal.
"Harbinger" sounds suspiciously like the opening of Tubular Bells, and I think it may have been an unfortunate choice to open the album as it creates the initial impression is that the album's going to simply be another Tubular Bells remake (it doesn't help that the first few notes of "Animus" sound like the first few notes of a track from one of his other albums as well...) but once you're past that, it is new material. The composition is also more tailored for an orchestra, resulting in a better album than the Orchestral Tubular Bells, though it still sounds distinctively Oldfieldian.
Whether it will attract any of the traditional Classical audience I don't know, but Mike's fans should snap it up.