David Gilmour On an Island
Q: Ranked #45 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[The songs] demonstrated the Floyd leader's mastery of the reflective vocal and grand guitar showdown..."
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- Released: March 7, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Sony
Q - p.121Ranked #45 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[The songs] demonstrated the Floyd leader's mastery of the reflective vocal and grand guitar showdown..."
Uncut - p.1083 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he tone is oceanic and the mood contemplative, with Gilmour's keening guitar lines soaring across cloudless skies, hitting with extraordinary clarity notes that can usually only be heard by dogs."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.p.884 stars out of 5 -- "[A] hugely sensual work, its prevailing mood one of Zen-like calm."
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Castellorization
- $0.99 on iTunes2.On An Island
- $0.99 on iTunes3.The Blue
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Take A Breath
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Red Sky At Night
- $0.99 on iTunes6.This Heaven
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Then I Close My Eyes
- $0.99 on iTunes8.Smile
- $0.99 on iTunes9.A Pocketful of Stones
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Where We Start
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Personnel: David Gilmour (vocals, guitar, saxophone, piano, electric piano, percussion); David Gilmour; Polly Samson (vocals, piano); Richard Wright , Crosby & Nash (vocals); Rado Klose (guitar); Lucy Wakeford (harp); Caroline Dale (cello); Leszek Mozdzer (piano); Chris E. Thomas (keyboards); Chris Laurence (double bass); Willie Wilson & The Tunemasters, Ged Lynch (drums); Alasdair Malloy (glass armonica); Ilan Eshkeri (programming); Graham Nash (vocals); Robert Wyatt (cornet, percussion); Phil Manzanera (piano, keyboards); Jools Holland (piano); Andy Newmark (drums, percussion); David Crosby.
Recording information: Astoria, NY; At Home; British Grove; EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England; Gallery Studio.
Photographers: David Gilmour; Jeremy Young ; Sandra Kamen; Harry Borden.
The men of Pink Floyd have always taken their time, turning out stately epics at a less than hectic clip. Accordingly, 22 years separate ON AN ISLAND from ABOUT FACE, the previous solo album by Floyd axeman/singer David Gilmour. On the latter, Gilmour was still trying to distance his own sound from Floyd's, but with that band mostly a memory in 2006, he was free to honor its legacy, much as Paul McCartney's later albums acknowledged the Beatles' work.
The template for ON AN ISLAND seems to be tracks like "Breathe" from DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. The mood is an overwhelmingly mellow, spacious one, with Gilmour's trademark double-tracked vocals and plangent, liquid guitar tones flowing gracefully across almost exclusively slow-to-mid-tempo arrangements. But with Roger Waters missing from the equation, there's a notable lack of misanthropy in Gilmore's lyrical sentiments. The themes are more in keeping with the life of a fabulously wealthy elder statesman of British rock: placidly philosophical, with a luxurious air that finds its parallel in the elegant layers of guitar and keyboard lines that color the album in shimmering pastel shades.
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