Yes, he uses feedback on several of the cuts, as well as wah-wah, sustain and reverb. Highly recommended.
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I listened to it while going to sleep last night, This is what I remembered.
"Take A Breath" has the vocal tempo of one part of Genesis "Supper's Ready".
"Red Sky At Night" reminds me "Shine on You Crazy Diamond, part ?").
"Then I Closed My Eyes" sounds like it could be from the album Obscured By Clouds.
....fading to sleep
Winter Steelies on the Salmon River here. The Chenin has been crankin' along. Still waiting for the Walker. Lloyd is going to be bringing it over soon to install it, as it's almost done being built. looking forward to dropping the Magic Diamond stylus into the lead-in groove of the new Gilmour LP when the TT is in.
Thanks for the nice comment on the system. I think I am reaching a point with it now where the only left to do might be some cable changes.
Just picked up the CD this weekend and I really like it! I know I'm probably swimming up stream when I say this but I've always preferred Gilmour over Roger Waters. This album reminds me of work on Momentary Lapse of Reason and Division Bell. Very well produced. I'm considering getting this on vinyl as well.
While I like the new Gilmour CD, I think that he needs Roger Waters alongside -- for that matter, Waters needs Gilmour too. Not sure that Lennon and McCartney are the right analogy, but they're the partners who can produce some magical music if they can't just refrain from killing each other. Gilmour is like McCartney, needs the partner to add some b*lls to the material. Waters is like Lennon, who benefits from a partner's ability to tone down the sarcasm or cynicism. Hey, I said the analogy might not hold -- but it's better than comparing the bickering boys of Floyd to Sonny and Cher...
Just picked it up yesterday. Listened four times and will replay again once it ends. Liked it on the first listen and liked it better on the second., even better on the third.... As others have mentioned, it's Pink Floydish and better than his other solo works. The CD is very well recorded. I find the music and lyrics uplifting. On An Island was released on Gilmour's 60th birthday - not many produce a CD of this quality at the young age of 60!
I agree with you, but only to a point. I would also add that Waters' point of view in his solo albums, as well as much of his Pink Floyd writing is pessimistic and angry. The lyrics of On An Island mostly reflect positive aspects of life..."Life is much more than money buys when I see the faith in my children's eyes." Perhaps this album is Gilmour's way of moving beyond the negative satire of some of Pink Floyd's older pieces - Recall... "Money, is a hit... Don't give me that do goody good bulls..t, I'm in the high-fidelity first class traveling set, And I think I need a lear jet.....don't take a share of my pie"
Regardless of the influences, Gilmour seems to be in a great place in his life, and this is reflected in his music. For me, I don't need the pessimistic point of view, and, IMHO, this CD would not be as good with it.
Seems like a very good record on a few spins much more enjoyable than anything released from either camps since Waters left Floyd.
I don't see Money as a negative satire at all-I've always thought there was an intentional hint of hypocrisy aimed at himself on that.
Floyd would never have had the success they had if Water's writing was purely "pessimistic and angry", there's a lot of missed humour in Waters work.
Listen to the commentary of The Wall DVD to hear another side of him.
I have typically enjoyed the humor and satire of Water's works. Note that I did not use the word "purely", rather I used the word "some" regarding the negative satire of Floyd. Having said that, Waters lyrics have tended to point out the negative aspects of modern life, often in a satirical manner. Consider his album Amused to Death, which is replete with cynical views the human condition. I didn't intend my comments to be a critism of Waters, rather it is an observation.
I don't think I disagree with anything you've wrote there.
Perhaps what I was trying to say that your observations whilst correct only take in a certain aspect on how Waters writing worked and in comparison to Gilmour's lyrics (and his wifes)they are clearly on another level.
For me Floyd's magic works on several levels and I don't see Waters writing as pessimistic at all, merely true.
I like the mood of Gilmour's album by the way.
While I enjoy certain aspects of this new album (and I'm a big Floyd fan BTW - pre AND post Waters) it is a little too mellow for me. It's like a qualude with a shot of brandy. Perhaps some of you have heard this record multiple times because you fell asleep half-way through and had to hear it again to remeber it? :-)
Seriously, in the right time, place and frame of mind it is an enjoyable CD. Not one you'll be spinning at your next party though!
I have some friends that told me about this CD a couple of weeks ago because they want to listen to it on my system, so I brought it home and listened to the whole thing with a clear head... I didn't enjoy it. Athough "I think" it is a well recorded and well produced CD (What would you expect with Phil Manzanera on the production team),I once again realized that (at least for me) you must or have to be in the right mood or frame of mind to thorougly enjoy this recording or anything Pinkfloyd....So, this evening I decided to relax and cop a good buzz with my favorite beverage and listen... I think my friends and I are gona get right and spin this at my next party this weekend.
My wife surprised me with tickets to go to the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Weds. I had no idea who we were going to see until we got past the door, about to the concession barrel of beer and BOOM!! The concert had just kicked off. I was in shock to say the least! I love Gilmour. They played the whole album the first set. I guess I've been a little too wrapped up in work, kids sports etc..but I didn't know he had another cd out till this week. It sounded awesome there to say the least! When we got home I downloaded it...only like a few of the songs at home though. A little boring if you can't watch him live I guess. The older stuff still KICKS ASS!!