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WET DREAM

Richard Wright

 

Crossover Prog

3.91 | 150 ratings

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russellk
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3 stars It's always good to listen to the music of a wise man.

RICK WRIGHT knew he was being eased out of PINK FLOYD. Not only that, he knew exactly what the FLOYD would lose with his absence. So he bottled essence of Wright and poured it all over this album, wise man that he was, so there could never be any doubt of WATERS' palpable guilt at ignoring his skills and potential contribution. How much better, I ask myself, would albums like 'Animals' and 'The Wall' have been with the lyrical beauty of this man's composition and keyboard skills, let alone his smooth, unpretentious vocals?

To be honest, that's the prime function of this album: a document to remind us what we lost. In and of itself, it is a collection of interesting light jazz-rock of the sort he made for 'Obscured by Clouds', the kind of music that mixed well with GILMOUR and WATERS' sharper, edgier music. There's nothing here that characterised the post-73 PINK FLOYD, so don't come here looking for epics like 'Dogs' or 'Shine On'. Instead, think 'Mudmen' or 'Summer '68'.

Wisely, WRIGHT chooses to sing on less than half the songs. His voice is simple to the point of tediousness at times, and needs the production values made famous by PINK FLOYD to bring out the best in his phrasing and tone. So we have solid rhythm sections providing the foundation for saxophone, guitar and piano solos that are always skilful, always interesting and at times moving. But there's nothing here approaching progressive gold, in my view.

Wise man that he was, RICK WRIGHT didn't push the boundaries of his talent here. There's none of the frenetic overstretching that lost WATERS his voice and his audience. Instead, 'Wet Dream' is an album to sink into, allowing yourself to be borne away on subtle variations.

A once-in-a-while listen.

russellk | 3/5 |

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