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3 stars This third "RPWL" album which is a compilation of unreleased material, opens on an excellent cover song.

"Opel" is a Syd Barrett one featured on "Crazy Diamond" which is an extensive compilation with most (if not all) of his work. While the original was a pastoral and acoustic ballad; this version is truely fantastic. Totally psychedelic, it reminds me of "Let There Be More Light" from "ASOS". A highlight and a great tribute to Syd (RIP).

The band has never hidden their admiration for this great band ("Floyd"). Throughout their career they will play a lot of Floydian songs. But generally, they will be more inspired with their later period. The Gilmour days. Just like in "The Way it Is". A very good song as well.

With "Sun in the Sky", RPWL shifts towards their second source of inspiration. "Porcupine Tree" of course. Same ambient mood, slow but strong (even heavy backing band). To set the score to parity, "Gentle Art of Swimming" is also a good "PT" influenced song. Fully atmospheric and spacey. Some "PT" fans might say that it is a bit too much of a rip-off which I can understand. But it is so well done! I just like it. This long number (also Gilmour-esque during the guitar solo) is another highlight.

In terms of highlights, "Floyd" and "PT" are drawing : 1 - 1.

"Who Do You Think You Are" holds a bit of the "Beatles" as well as from the very early "Floyd". A naive and childish little song. The weakest so far.

Would you believe that the three mini-suite parts "Forgive Me" is a full "RPWL" song? Although there are no true link between the parts. It is more three different short songs actually of which only "Part 3" is interesting. Just over three minutes of a tranquil ballad wih a great guitar section. The "hidden" track being incredibly poor.

Bearing in mind that the songs from this album were unreleased songs (leftovers ?), it is remarkable that they are so good. They could have been released on offical albums without problems. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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