HIGH HOPES

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(from The Divi­sion Bell, 1994) Au­then­tic Floy­dian bu­colic wrapped in au­then­tic Gil­mour gloom.

David Gil­mour ends Floyd’s sec­ond stab at cre­ative life af­ter Wa­ters with a glance back at Cam­bridge be­gin­nings, haunted by “the em­bers of bridges” and sub­se­quent “slow decay” like the big old Eey­ore he is. Jon Carin’s open­ing pi­ano fig­ure, an­swer­ing the church bell, is one of the late group’s most strik­ing gam­bits and the stately sub­se­quent mu­sic, more like the Volga than the Cam, is si­mul­ta­ne­ously unFloyd-like yet full of heavy feel­ing. Gil­mour fin­ishes with a gui­tar solo whose shrill­ness says ‘fret­ful’. CP

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