On An Island review by David Gilmour

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  • Released: Mar 7, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.3 (105 votes)
David Gilmour: On An Island

Sound — 10
Well, all I can about this album is, incredible. David Gilmour is doing what he does best. The guitar parts are calming, and ethereal. David uses a full orchestra, and help from friends as he made this amazing album. Such songs like "Where We Start", "On An Island" and "Red Sky At Night" still have the Pink Floyd sound, whereas "Smile" and "A Pocketful Of Stones" have a splendid David Gilmour touch. He really does a great job in arranging and creating this album. With the help of his wife, Polly Samson, he puts together the lyrics and most musical peices. He uses his faithful Fender Stratocaster (Fender Stratocaster "The Black Strat" - black 1970 alder body with black pickguard, Fender V-shaped '57 reissue maple neck, Fender pickups and shortened tremolo arm.), his Gibson Les Paul Gold Top, 1956 model with Gibson P-90 "slim/soapbar" pickups and Bigsby tremolo system, a Cmbs guitar, Fender and Gibson lap steels and a Weissenborn acoustic slide guitar. That's basically what you'd expect from David, as he expands his musicianship to lots of different instruments. He plays bass, guitar, percussion, saxophone and piano on different tracks. The solos that David plays on this album are amazing, very nice and he doesn't rush them. Great album!

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very important in this album. Each song has something to say, even though some are instrumental. He splits the writting with his wife, Polly, and they suit each song perfectly. "A Pocketful of Stones" has to be the most emotional and tear-wrenching song of them all. They flow well and are very touching. After coming out of Pink Floyd were Roger wrote most of the lyrics David does a great job. (but David also did a good job on MLOR and The Division Bell). Nice work David.

Overall Impression — 10
Well, there's not much more to say except, phenomenal! I hope David keeps good music going! If you like Pink Floyd, or that style of music, then check out this album!

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    Superb album, okay maybe he is better wiv pink floyd, but it is a brilliant solo album by him.
    On an islnad, is an incredible album with fantastic guitar work and songwriting, sure his wife wrote some of the lyrics but she didn't write any of the melodies or the solos. All in all this was probably the most underrated album of the year and possibly the decade and definitly deserves a look. HOwever i do not believe this album will convert fans of punk or metal that did not like floyd in the first place.