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BROKEN CHINA

Richard Wright

 

Crossover Prog

3.99 | 148 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars I have been listening this albums lots of time during this last fortnight. At times distractively in my car, at times with a much more dedicated focus (as now).

I always have the same feeling of a very appealing record which sounds pretty much as Floyd during some tracks (Night of a Thousand Furry Toys). But the majority of the music features atmospheric music. It reminds me furiously the B-side from Low (Bowie). Hidden Fear is such track.

This album is very relaxing; almost new age at times (Runaway). Some short instrumental tracks are being added and don't necessarily improve the quality of the work (Unfair Ground, Interlude or Drowning). Some others are more extended and do have more character like Satellite: it has a Floydian feel but I also tend to hear some Roxy influences (the bass play is close to the one available during the intro of Manifesto). It is a good instrumental track.

Rick is also doing well on the vocal side, even if some more passion could have been incorporated, the elegance of Woman of Custom is another pleasant moment of his Broken China.

My fave song from this work is probably Far from the Harbour Wall. It starts as an early Floyd song (ASOS period) and combines a fine melody together with more experimental passages. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. So poignant.

Actually, the last part of the album is more attractive and features several very good songs like Reaching for the Rail which holds an excellent vocal performance from Sinead O'Connor.

One of the most emotional part of this album is without doubt the excellent instrumental Sweet July (at least IMHHO). Another great Floydian track. The shadow of the band is not alien to Along The Shoreline which is pretty close to the last Floyd album (Division Bell).

And finally, Breakthrough is a beautiful closing number: another fine vocal part from Sinead, a quiet melody. I miss some good guitar to close, probably. It will be available on the live at the Royal Festival Hall from David and featuring Rick on the vocals.

This work needs your investigation. I would rate it with seven out of ten. Still, I prefer to upgrade it to four stars than the other way around. Rick brought me some marvellous musical moments and each time I will listen either to his solo work or to a great Floyd song, it will sound differently. A prominent member of the rock music is physically gone, but he will always be spiritually present. Thanks a lot Rick.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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