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Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)


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Cluster One
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1 stars 1.5 stars really

The movie "When The Wind Blows" is centred around an old couple's journey through an oncoming and then actual nuclear holocaust. It is quite humourous and telling, in that dry English sort of way. As expected, a lot of the 'music' included on the soundtrack (too much in fact) is just sound effects and musical background interludes. There are really only 3 actual Waters "songs" per se, so I'll concentrate on just reviewing these.

Side Two is the Waters part of the soundtrack and what is of interest to us here. 'Towers of Faith' is a good little tune, similar sounding to that found on "Amused To Death". WATERS gives a powerful vocal and lyrical performance and seems to speak or even narrate the song's lyrics rather than 'sing' them. Interestingly enough, Clare Torry (of Great Gig vocal fame) makes a cameo appearance on this song singing backup. Good guitar and sax work make this probably the highlight of the album.

'Hilda's Dream' is an instrumental acoustic guitar piece that sounds a lot like 'Brain Damage' (from Dark Side, of course) without being a complete copy of said tune.

'Folded Flags' is the only other worthwhile tune off the soundtrack. It has the same 'Brain Damage' guitar intro heard earlier. Paul Carrack sings some of the vocals. This song reminds me of 'The Tide is Turning', the last song on "Radio K.A.O.S."

Ignore Side One of this movie soundtrack, as it contains primarily completely forgettable pop songs. It does however have GENESIS' somewhat decent instrumental 'The Brazilian' off of their not-so-decent "Invisible Touch" album. All in all, this soundtrack is quite poor, except for the few WATERS tunes mentioned above. For collectors only.

Cluster One | 1/5 |


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