The 1980s didn't do much for rock, or should that be the other way round? Dave Gilmour made a classy solo album in the late seventies, but this follow up, which lands between the last Floyd album featuring Roger Waters and the first one without him, is pretty ordinary. Gilmour's status as a guitar hero is based on his achingly gorgeous, bluesy lead lines. Here, he sacrifices his main strength for a rougher sound that places him in the crowd. It's a shame because it spoils some otherwise good musical ideas. His lyrics are also rather plain and uninspiring for the most part, though this is an area he has confessed to being uncomfortable with, hence 'lyrics by the wife' on 'The Division Bell' as Roger Waters once chortled. 'Love on the Air' is rather better, but that's the one Pete Townshend helped him with. If I had to pick a favourite track, however, it would be 'Cruise', one of the few tracks which exudes class.