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Richard Wright


Crossover Prog

3.90 | 217 ratings

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4 stars Most importantly: do not let the title scare you! It's the only double-entendre on the entire album. What you'll find instead is an introspective journey into the world of RICK WRIGHT in 1978. As the control of bassist ROGER WATERS over PINK FLOYD became stronger and stronger, WRIGHT decided to record a solo album upon which he was free to do what he wished. Much different from the harsh, accusatory tone that PINK FLOYD's music was now taking on (after Animals), Wet Dream is based more on a light sort of jazz styling. At first, it may seem to have nothing in common with PINK FLOYD's work. WRIGHT's work is not often at the forefront of the band, but rather a subtle undercurrent artfully designed to support the other band members' contributions. However, compare tracks such as "Funky Deux" to the latter parts of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", and it suddenly becomes quite clear how similar Wet Dream actually is to PINK FLOYD. While this album is not as clearly prog as PINK FLOYD (which costs it a star here), I still think it is quite worthy of buying by prog fans.

In a way, I suppose the title is quite ironic...this is actually some of the most thoroughly sensual music I have ever heard. By "sensual", I mean the amazing way in which it calls upon the five senses as one listens to the music. Many of the songs have a sailing theme, and as you listen--you are THERE. You can almost feel the boat rock underneath you, the wind through your hair, even smell the salt of the ocean as you listen to superb instrumentals such as "Mediterranean C", "Cat Cruise", and "Waves". Others are sensually evocative in a different way; catchy tunes like "Drop in from the Top" and "Funky Deux" will make just about anyone want to get on their feet and dance, or at least tap out the rhythm on their desk!

The lyrics are mostly written by WRIGHT himself. They may seem simplistic in light of PINK FLOYD's lyrics (which were often written by bassist ROGER WATERS), and WRIGHT seems in retrospect to be a bit embarrassed of it. However--he should not be. Perhaps it's even the simplicity in and of itself that makes them come across as so heartfelt. You can almost envision him as he writes them. You can really hear how weary he is of the conflicts he's having to deal with at the time, and how much he wishes for escape. He envisions his time spent sailing; the enthusiasm in his voice in "Holiday" as he sings, "Sail on--there's no other way I'd rather be!" is absolutely infectious. Conversely, in the last song upon which he sings--"Pink's Song"--the sadness and resignation brought me to tears..."Give me time so I can breathe--give me time to be at ease." It seems like an eerie foreshadowing of his temporary departure from the FLOYD following The Wall tour. Perhaps these aren't the lyrics to Dark Side of the Moon...but I think it doesn't matter. The effect works, making for a wonderful glimpse into the heart one of PINK FLOYD's most underrated members.

Sadly, this album has gone out of print, but if you get a chance to snap it up on eBay, be sure to do so!

FloydWright | 4/5 |


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