The album has an almost ambient recording that would suit a soundtrack to a film and I cant help but hearing elements of Meddle, Obscured by Clouds and Atom Heart Mother, it certainly is no DSOTM - but thats a good thing, if you were expecting something as radical as that then you have set your expectations way too high and you deserve to be disappointed.
If I wanted angst I'd have bought a Waters album, I knew what sort of sound Gilmour would create and I wasnt disappointed. The guitar playing is beautiful as ever and lets face it - thats why we listen to Gilmour. The songs ARE mellow but are NOT bland, they are understated and subtle, the production has a sonic translucency that shimmers and teases the listener yet relaxes and involves. The overall effect of the album is to encompass you in an aural massage smoothing away strains and stresses of everyday life.
There is a tendency by music reviewers to critisise anything that has any easy listening properties, and I would agree that there is a lot easy listening rubbish out there, like Dido and Katie Melua, but this isnt a music by numbers exercise like afore mentioned, David's album is a very intimate reflection of his life and memories and deserves a proper listen if you consider yourself a fan.