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BROKEN CHINA

Richard Wright

 

Crossover Prog

3.99 | 147 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars A bit bleak...

The Pink Floyd keyboardist's second solo album is a rather bleak affair. Apparently a concept album about depression, the mood is suitably gloomy, mellow and dark throughout. The sound perfectly depicts someone who has given up on life because there are virtually no signs of aggression or fear, or any other emotion apart from those of depression itself. The music comes off as rather flat, and with just a couple of exceptions, it basically stays in the same mood throughout its hour long running time. I find it very difficult so stay interested for the entire album and the good moments are too few and too far between. It could easily have been shortened.

Some tracks are almost ambient and often feel like mere transportation to get to the vocal parts. There are no real up-tempo songs, but there are a few glimmering passages with drums and David Gilmour-like guitar licks. The drums are sometimes looped and sound a bit sterile and lifeless and too contemporary for my taste. Night Of A Thousand Furry Toys is probably the best track on the album and it reminds me of Steve Hackett's Darktown. Same kind of atmosphere and feeling.

Wright's vocals are perhaps not the strongest, but there is a certain charm in them and it is not because of the vocals that I complain about this album. Indeed, I find some enjoyment in this album, but it is not enough to impress me. Pink Floyd's last couple of albums, Momentary Lapse Of Reason and The Division Bell are much better than this and Wright's first solo album Wet Dream is also more to my liking than this.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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