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Rat­tle That Lock Dave Gil­mour Sony

★★★★ This is only for­mer Pink Floyd gui­tarist Dave Gil­mour’s fourth solo al­bum since 1978 and his first since the well-re­ceived On an Is­land in 2006. His trade­mark soar­ing guitar and evoca­tive melodies al­ways com­mand at­ten­tion and Rat­tle That Lock is no ex­cep­tion. The stan­dard al­bum — there’s also a deluxe ver­sion — fea­tures 10 tracks that in­clude three in­stru­men­tals and has Gil­mour’s wife, au­thor Polly Sam­son, pen­ning the lyrics on five and Gil­mour on two. Gil­mour plays guitar and key­boards, and is joined by long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Phil Man­zan­era, of Roxy Mu­sic fame, who does like­wise and is co-pro­ducer. A low-key start to the al­bum’s day-in-the-life theme is the melan­choly in­stru­men­tal 5am, be­fore four ad­dic­tive notes cre­ated by sound de­signer Michael Boumendil sig­nal the start of the al­bum’s funky ti­tle track, fea­tur­ing lyrics from Sam­son inspired by Milton’s Par­adise Lost. Gil­mour runs a gamut of styles in­ter­laced with shim­mer­ing guitar so­los and his fa­mously husky vo­cals. He is backed on the touch­ing Rick Wright trib­ute A Boat Lies Wait­ing by the liq­uid singing of Graham Nash and David Crosby. Other no­ta­bles in­clude the pi­ano-driven Faces of Stone, the poignant lyrics on In Any Tongue, and Beauty, where his sweep­ing slide work is evoca­tive of Floyd’s Med­dle. Gil­mour’s sound is in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked with that of Floyd and while Rat­tle That Lock may not reach those grandiose heights, fans will find plenty to en­joy.

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