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WET DREAM

Richard Wright

 

Crossover Prog

3.92 | 152 ratings

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CCVP
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4 stars The lost Pink Floyd album of 78

After the release of the album Dark Side of the Moon, the band Pink Floyd finally took its most successful formation, with Roger Waters in control of the band in almost every aspect of it. Due to that control, Waters outshone most band members, if not all of them, as far as writing the music and the lyrics goes, for at least three Floyd albums (Animals, The Wall, The Final Cut and a little bit in Wish you Were Here), what made two band members release two solo albums, being Richard Wright's Wet Dream one of them and the other David Gilmore's David Gilmore album.

I usually say that this album is the lost Pink Floyd album because Wet Dream sounds a lot like a Pink Floyd album from the early 70's, a period when the band had a more democratic writing process, when all the band members contributed for the songs and for the album in general. However, this album has two big difference from the other Pink Floyd albums: it's atmosphere is MUCH lighter and brighter, contrasting greatly with Floyd's dark and gloomy mood, and it has a much broader usage of saxes and flutes than Pink Floyd, making it stand out from the other albums Rick Wright had done so far.

As far as the style of music goes, i think that the album sits comfortably between The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish you were here and Meddle, since you can notice Wright's style of composition from those three albums in Wet Dream. However, since there are no other composers, except from Wright himself, the music in Wet Dream flows somehow differently from the usual Pink Floyd music.

The highlights go to Mediterannean C, Cat Cruise, Waves, Mad yannis Dance and Funky Deux.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Though being a very good album, Wet Dream does not exceeds its floydian counterparts in the quality department. However, it is still a terrific album, and deserves recognition and a fair grade. On a side note, i really wonder why Richard Wright put such an unusual name in his album, which relates to nocturnal emissions. . . But anyway, 4 stars it is then.

CCVP | 4/5 |

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