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Nick Mason


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2.91 | 60 ratings

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2 stars Uninteresting. Very little charm.

Unlike his quirky first solo album with Bley and Wyatt, the music on Mason's second album with Rick Fenn is not much fun, not in any way different, and really not interesting. It is simply not very compelling music. There are few melodies that rise above the mundane, and the singing and lyrics are forgettable. Saturated with a commercial 80s sound production quality, the album is also cold and lifeless, and thus very little charm. It is very much an average commercial pop 80s album, with seemingly very little to say. No quirky Bley compositions, and no Wyatt vocals to make this distinct. The best is the commercial "Lie for a Lie" with David Gilmour on cameo vocal. But even that is pretty flat. There are no great guitar solos. I actually don't find any of these pieces very interesting, even the (slightly) longer instrumental sections which other reviewers laud. None of these tracks are 'bad', off-putting or cringe-worthy, so this is not 1-star material. The execution is professional, and it is listenable. Its just not memorable. This is only for major fans and completists, but I doubt that even they will want to listen to this more than once in a lifetime. I give it 3.8 out of 10, which is mid-low 2 PA stars.

Walkscore | 2/5 |


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