Exposé Online banner

David Gilmour — On an Island
(Columbia 8 2876-80280-2, 2006, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2007-03-01

On an Island Cover artLongtime Pink Floyd Guitarist Dave Gilmour is living the perfect rock star dream. Having completed the unlikely Live 8 reunion and sidestepped label pressure to restart the band, the guitarist enlisted the same studio and friends who have been playing music together over the last few years to come up with his third solo record. Still on display is the man's trademark Stratocaster which has lost none of its sting, as heard across the entire disc. His songwriting has justifiably mellowed over the years which is also to be expected, but there is also still a strong sense of compositional purpose and delivery. Pulling in Crosby and Nash to lend well-crafted backing vocals for the title track was a smart move considering their work together on notable hits such as Jackson Browne's "Doctor My Eyes." Much of the recording is pretty sleepy but evenly paced ("The Blue," "Red Sky at Night," and the closing track "Where We Start") giving a mood like an exotic Caribbean vacation, much like the pictures on the sleeve. Long-time friend Robert Wyatt also plays a friendly cornet outro solo to "Then I Close My Eyes" which paints a distinctly pastoral watercolor scenario. In summary, On an Island finds the veteran blues man in comfortable form without any angry axe to grind, having replaced it with a well earned serenity.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): David Gilmour

Latest news

Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Yeti Rain - Nest of Storms – Subverted expectations are always a refreshing experience in music. In the case of bassist William Kopecky and sax artist Roger Ebner, the subversion is expected. Nest of Storms opens with “Aa,” a...  (2009) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues