So you can be brilliant AND overrated? If someone said I was overrated I would take it as a knock.
About Vangelis: I would recommend Soil Festivities and Opera Sauvage to those who think only Bladerunner is worthwhile. The compilation Themes is also pretty comprehensive for his classic period. Anything after The City is not recommended.
Who did I state was brilliant and overrated?
RE: Vangelis...I find a lot of his music to be overblown, melodramatic, and pretentious. For example, Heaven and Hell
. Admittedly, Blade Runner
is good...albeit even some of that is a bit syrupy, IMO. I must admit I am puzzled by how many ambient fans like his music when, with only a few exceptions, he is much closer to classic new age than either ambient or EM (again, this is IMO). I recently played The City
again and could only get through half the tracks without hitting the "skip" button. If you like a "big" dramatic sound like Vangelis, I think early Jon Jenkins (with Paul Lackey), e.g. Continuum
, or Greg Klamt's Fulcrum
, or JJ's later work with David Helpling are all better choices. Or you could go the oldie route and dig up some classic Richard Burmer, e.g. Bhakti Point