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Heaven's Open

Artist: Mike Oldfield
Type: Album
Release date: 1991
Run time: 43:01
My Rating: 6

  1. Make Make (4:16)
  2. No Dream (6:02)
  3. Mr Shame (4:22)
  4. Gimme Back (4:09)
  5. Heaven's Open (4:28)
  6. Music From The Balcony (19:44)


At the end of a 20-album contract with Virgin, Mike appears to be somewhat disgrunted with his former record label. His last album is mostly a diss, with songs like "Make Make" and "Gimme Back" expressing his dissatisfaction (Virgin is referred to by name). Unusually Mike provides the primary vocals himself for the five songs. Although I really like the title track, and "Make Make" isn't bad, they aren't really an inspiring bunch. They could be described as "synthesized rock".

The second half of the album, "Music from the Balcony" is one instrumental track. I tried to like it, really I did. There are brief bits which are reminiscent of Amarok, but it feels like a loose collection of completely unrelated tunes, none of which really get enough development before we're abruptly switched to the next one. There are some good bits, but at times it feels like Mike's just pressing random buttons on his synthesizer and there's no consistant style to latch on to.

Over all, fairly disappointing.

[Cover - please do not remote link]

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