Recorded between Animals and The Wall this album sounds nothing like either. There are no solos to compare with Comfortably Numb, there are no harsh, biting, scaving lyrics. O.K., I know Waters was the main lyricist but once he left Gilmour still maintained a strong leaning towards bleakness. Even with his wife co-writing part of The Division Bell the feelings were gloomy. However, what this album achieves for me to be able to claim it a masterpiece is its sheer charm. It is my favourite guitarist being laid back and reflective. Sure I love Gilmour's axe attacks but there aren't any Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 6)s here. Shame as this is the greatest piece of sound ever recorded. Instead of a Floyd album we are left with something that beats Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Gerry Rafferty (except City To City which is my No.1 soft rock lp).
So, to sum up, imagine the melodies of Floyd's Obscured By Clouds, the voice of Gilmour on Comfortaby Numb and the ambience of the sort that Brian Eno delivers on U2 albums, blend them all together and what do you get? Yes that's right, David Gilmour by David Gilmour. (If you what to rock out more try Gilmour's About Face, a harder edged album).