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Richard Wright


Crossover Prog

3.87 | 254 ratings

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3 stars As many already know, Richard Wright was one of the original founders of Pink Floyd and was one of their members through most of their history, the only exception when Roger Waters decided kick him out of the band as a regular member before "The Wall" would be released. He nevertheless worked as a "paid musician" and ended up being the only one to make a profit from the "The Wall" tour. Between the release of Pink Floyd's "Animals" and "The Wall", the band was seeing some of it's greatest success up to that point, yet the individuals of the band were not getting together very well. During this time, both David Gilmour and Richard Wright decided to both release individual solo albums. "Wet Dreams" is Wright's solo album that resulted from this.

Many reviewers here have considered "Wet Dreams" to be the long-lost Pink Floyd album. Even though it is a decent enough album, it definitely is not a Pink Floyd album. It is obvious that is a Richard Wright album however as his stamp is all over it, it's just what you would expect from Wright without his band mates input. There are 4 vocal tracks 6 instrumental, the songs mostly being fairly accessible light prog. The songs are quite easy to listen to, but don't necessarily stand out as anything as ground breaking as what the entire band had put out. The closest Pink Floyd album I could compare it to is "Obscured By Clouds", but even then, it's not a close comparison.

The line up of studio musicians is pretty impressive with includes Mel Collins on several tracks and guitarist Snowy White who had past connections with Wright through Pink Floyd. And, in the end, you end up with an okay album of good songs. To me, there seems to be a sense of nervousness to the music that could have come about because of his first official outing on his own. This is evidenced in Wright's 2nd solo album "Broken China" released in 1996 as I consider it a much better and mature album which better reflects his musical talents in both performance and songwriting. "Wet Dreams" however is a good album that could be enjoyed by both Pink Floyd fans and newcomers alike, but not quite up to what we all know is Wright's actual potential. It's good, but not quite great.

TCat | 3/5 |


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