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ZEE: IDENTITY

Richard Wright

 

Crossover Prog

2.22 | 45 ratings

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Tom Ozric
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2 stars I've decided to give my LP of this another go and pay more attention to it's better parts, rather than focus on the weaker elements which dominate the album. In my 'personal pages' I rate this as a 3, but, given the broad scope of this site, I can only say it is for collectors/fans only. Firstly, if you are a Floyd die-hard, then you would have this and find it less than satisfying, maybe even disappointing. For sure, I was taken aback when I heard the 'adult dance/mature 80's pop' sound emanating from the speakers. However, I was quite happy to part with 5 bucks when I found it in a crate of 'New Arrivals - 80's' at a local secondhand shop in the mid-90's. Not what I'd expected for something graced by Wright. However, I can agree that 3 tracks (mentioned by a previous reviewer) are quite listenable ; Voices, Cut's Like a Diamond and Seems We Were Dreaming. They all generate an atmosphere which is familiar to us prog lovers, though the album has very little to do with prog. Wright is credited with backing vox, although I'd swear it's him taking the lead on Seems We Were Dreaming. Dave Harris' vox sound quite similar to Rick's. Equipment-wise, both members are credited with Keys but I'm not a big fan of the Fairlight CMI as it tends to generate very synthetic and cold sounds, which I gather this album is soaked in, but I can hear Wright's Hammond peep through in the mix occasionally. Album opener (and single, I believe) 'Confusion' sounds fine in it's daggy, 80's way, but 'By Touching' and 'How Do You Do It ?' are the album's low points. So, hard to recommend it really, but then again.....
Tom Ozric | 2/5 |

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