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WET DREAM

Richard Wright

 

Crossover Prog

3.91 | 151 ratings

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jude111
4 stars The 4-star rating is for Floyd fans (which I am one). For the casual listener or non-Floyd fans, I'd rate it at most a 3 star album.

For Floyd fans, you'll find this album is a kind of light, easy-listening version of Floyd - and while that might not sound very appetising, I do mean it in the best sense. Snowy White does a nice Gilmour imitation, and Mel Collins' work will remind many of a certain Dick Parry. Wright's keyboard and synth work are in the "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" vein.

As other reviewers have noted, the best songs on this album are the instrumentals. While I find the vocal tunes to be pleasant (my nod goes to "Holiday" as the best vocal song), I really wish Wright had saved the vocal numbers for another album.

As much as I enjoy this album (and have been listening to it quite often of late), it also frustrates me. Listening to it, I can't help but feel it was kind of tossed off quickly, without the kind of care and attention that Floyd usually went into when making albums. I wish that Wright had spent more time in the studio, and had been intent on making a major statement. The album could also have used Gilmour's touch on the guitar (not the soloing Gilmour of THE WALL, but the Gilmour of DARK SIDE and WISH YOU WERE HERE, adding varying layers of rhythm work and other overdubs). Whereas Floyd tunes had 3 or 4 different guitars on a tune, Wright's album usually only has White's one. The album also could have been mixed better.

Pleasant album, and one that seems, with a little more work, not too far away from having been a major Floyd album. sigh.

jude111 | 4/5 |

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