Mike Oldfield: Hergest Ridge (1973) – Reviewed by Glenn Fosbraey

Rating: 5/10 Best track: Hergest Ridge Part 2 For some reason, I've always been a sucker for 'recluse albums'. Whether it's Paul McCartney hidden away on a Scottish farm following the demise of The Beatles, Mark Everett toiling away in the basement of his family home after his sister's suicide, or Roger Waters writing The …

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Tim Finn: The Conversation (2008)

Rating: 8/10 Best tracks: The Saw and the Tree; Rearview Mirror; Out of this world. Melodic, beautifully produced and arranged (often with just vocal, acoustic guitar, and piano), this is easily amongst the best music to emerge from the Finn camp. The lyrics, though not groundbreaking or really thought-provoking, compliment the relaxed feel of the …