(29 July 2001) The latest release from Sally Oldfield follows
ten successful albums and comprised of eight varying length
tracks is entitled Flaming Star (New World Music (UK) NWCD
506, 2001). Richly produced, Sally's beautiful vocals are combined
with intricate harmonies, passionate bass rhythms, earthy percussion
and divine keyboards to create a powerful contemporary album.
From the extremely strong opening title track, to the modern
remix of her hit single "Mirrors," Sally demonstrates the beauty
and heavenly quality of her music.
Sally Oldfield, sister of Mike and Terry (both reviewed at
Musicial Discoveries) Oldfield began her musical career in the
late 1970s after leaving Bristol University where she studied
English literature and philosophy. She had planned to go on
to do a PhD in these subjects but as a result of a powerful
and unexpected experience of spiritual revelation, suddenly
found herself creating her own songs. She dropped all worldly
pursuits to follow a path of spiritual discovery and to
attempt to express the results of that in her music.
Her first single "Mirrors" on Bronze Records in 1980 was a
world-wide success and coupled with her first album Water
Bearer established her as an unusual and original artist
with roots in various musical genres such as pop, dance, new
age, and more recently sci-fi and space age music.
The album's tracks span a vast range of styles with instrumental
and vocal arrangements blending everything from pop to world. It
will certainly appeal to enthusiasts of Miriam Stockley, Praise
and Enya. The title track "Flaming Star" will blow the listener
away with it's lushness while the jazz and world sounds
of "Samurai of the Sun" will gently rock tensions away from the
most stressful situation. The gentle new age sound of "Bird of
Paradise" is dominated by a soaring and sweetly sung lead vocal,
somewhat reminscent of Siān James in parts and Beautiful World
While the album's material is excellent in its own right, various
combinations of Sally Oldfield, Martin Savale, Robyn Smith are
credited with the outstanding production and Kevin Kendle at
Eventide Music for mastering the recording. Tremendous instrumental
and vocal imaging result from Gregg Jackmann's mixing at Radiation
Bungalow. The album was completed in March 2001.
"Ascension" is most reminscent of the world sounds on the two
Beautiful World albums. It's rhythmic texture perfectly suits its
melody while lovely vocal harmonies contribute to the overall sound
and blends into the worldly "One to the Power of One" and Sally's
sensuously soaring lead vocal. A stunning extended bass-oriented
remix of "Mirrors," building on the production quality of the tracks
that precede it, concludes the album.
Sally Oldfield's latest album Flaming Star is a stunning
project that will delight her long-term fans as well as those that
discover her with this project.
You can find further information on Sally Oldfield at the New World Music
website. Read further
reviews, listen to soundbites and order the album from amazon.com
here. Certainly worth a trans-Atlantic journey, Flaming Star
is a must listen!