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3.11 | 79 ratings

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3 stars This is the first RPWL album I purchased. I now have two others as well. This is a collection of unreleased material, but the individual songs fit together nicely. The opener, 'Opel', is a Syd Barrett song, and very well performed here, in the style of early Floyd, right down to the psychedelic keyboard solo in the middle. 'The Way It Is' is mellower, and in the vein of a Dave Gilmour song. It is, nonetheless, a good song in its own right. The next two tracks are short affairs, and lead finally into 'The Gentle Art Of Swimming', another very Floydy offering, again, well written. 'Who Do You Think You Are' is a little different and less Floyd inspired. A lighter song, it is still a decent effort and, in fact, could be compared to Roger Waters' excellent 'San Tropez' on Meddle. 'Going Outside' is another short piece which really is simply a lead into 'Sun In The Sky'. This is not very Floydy at all! It puts me in mind of something, but I can't recall what. Maybe the female vocals remind me of some tracks on 'Love' by The Cult. 'Forgive Me pts 2 & 3' which end the album, are gentle and peaceful, shortish songs to end the cd, not stunning but very listenable. All in all this is a good album. The musicianship is impressive in the way that the band steadfastly refuses to put in too many solos or 'fiddly bits'. I admire them for that. Yogi Lang, who sings in English, has very little accent and does have a Gilmourish voice at times, though not all the time. This album is quite old fashioned in parts, even coming in at less that 45 mins. Not many do that these days. (Remember how frustrating it was to try taping an album that always had one track that had to be put on the other side of the tape?) Not their best album, but worth a listen. I like this band. 'Trying To Kiss The Sun' and 'World Through My Eyes' are better, though, so, if you like this, you will love them!
chessman | 3/5 |


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