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4.12 | 6 ratings | 1 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. At Least There Was Nothing (7:52)
2. Spoke with Folks (6:46)
3. OK, Shorty (3:20)
4. Was a Cave, There... (12:42)
5. Reaching Barely, Sparely Fraught (8:12)
6. I Could Almost See the Room (13:26)
7. Only Sky (9:16)
8. So Much What (5:23)
9. A Goddamned Specific Unbalance (9:13)

Total Time 76:10

Line-up / Musicians

- David Torn / guitar, electric oud, producer

Releases information

Artwork: Sascha Kleis with Jes Appleby (photo)

CD ECM Records ‎- ECM 2433 (2015, Germany)

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DAVID TORN Only Sky ratings distribution

(6 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
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Review by Slartibartfast
4 stars My first encounter with David Torn was also an ECM album - Cloud About Mercury. I actually found it used sometime shortly after it's release in 1986. I didn't know who David Torn was but was well aware of his fellow bandmates - Mark Isham, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford. He might be better know by some as a gueest musician. He's worked with Tori Amos, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Happy Rhodes, Jeff Beck, and David Sylvian to name a few. Also had a more prominent role in Bruford Levin Upper Extremeties; Levin Torn White; as well as leading up Torn, Karn, and Bozzio.

For those who are acquainted with Torn as a guest musician he does have a fairly trademark style that once you get to know you will recognise even if you don't already know he's on as a guest musician.

As far as I know this is his only true solo project to date. He plays guitar and an electric oud (a guitar like instrument used in middle eastern and mediterranean music). No credit is given to whatever he's using for his loops.

The music is played solo without overdubs as near as I can tell. It's very ambient and should certainly be of interest to people who like Robert Fripp's solo guitar works.

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