Sound — 9
The guitar work is exactly what you might want/expect from David Gilmour. Though a bit less thought-provoking then his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour does toss in quite a few solos with his signature tone and phrasing. He has a wonderful sense of time and depth. This work is similar to work found on The Division Bell, a bit lighter than early Pink Floyd. The solos near the ends of "Castellorizon" and "On An Island" are beautiful, while "Take A Breath" is refreshingly reverberatingly excellent throughout. All in all, this album is a collection of very different guitar (there are other instruments too: sax, keys, strings, etc) sounds that would fit an hour long drive very well. The songs are well developed with a bit of the grinding, heavy bass in the background.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are generally intro and/or retrospective. Gilmour sings of love, his children, days spent at the beach, and nights under the stars. He does toss a dallop of the classic Pink Floyd elusive lyrical delight on top of the mix, in songs like "Smile" and "A Pocket Full Of Stones." However simple the topics might be, Gilmour's wording and structural choices send this album right on par with late Pink Floyd work. Gilmour's vocals themselves are sharp as ever.
Overall Impression — 9
This really is a great album. A definite must-have for a hungry Pink Floyd fan. I don't have to sell Gilmour's guitar technique to any of you, and this work is right there with earlier work. All the songs are good at least, while a nice handful are superb. Again, the guitar work is worth the $13.