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.