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  • Summary: Guests on the Pink Floyd guitarist's first solo album in over 20 years include Jools Holland, Robert Wyatt, David Crosby, and Graham Nash.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
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  1. To be sure, the majority of "Island" could be Pink Floyd in all but name only.
  2. 80
    A hugely sensual work. [Apr 2006, p.88]
  3. On an Island finds Gilmour taking absolutely no risks, has nothing to pull out of its hat.
  4. These tunes tend to meander and often feel like they should be going somewhere we never get to. But a lot of it is very lovely.
  5. In the end, Island makes Dave sound like he's just not enthusiastic about making music anymore.
  6. Gilmour sounds like his own man here, but you wish he had someone--anyone--to push him beyond these new adventures in tedium. [9 Mar 2006, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 51
  2. Negative: 7 out of 51
  1. RemoR.
    Feb 23, 2007
    10
    From the beggining to the end, a masterpiece. Twenty years after his last solo album, Mr. Gilmour keeps his "touch of God" in every track of From the beggining to the end, a masterpiece. Twenty years after his last solo album, Mr. Gilmour keeps his "touch of God" in every track of this release. Produced in cooperation with Manzanera and acompannied by many excellent players, including Mr. Wright, Wyatt, Newark and Pratt, On an Island is a jewel in the poor evil ways of instrumental-spacey-driven-contemporary-rock. Who cares about slow "tempos" and acoustic-moody melodies? Gilmour´s voice, guitar and spirit is quite strong here. note: Nash & Crosby contributed marvelously in the title track, and, to tell the truth, it´s really impressive to see Gilmour soloing extremely inspired almost 40 years after his artistic born in PInk Floyd. Expand
  2. SalmanN
    Mar 9, 2006
    10
    This album pushes you to take off your Pink Floyd hat and put on a David Gilmour hat. You must not think of this as an experimental album, This album pushes you to take off your Pink Floyd hat and put on a David Gilmour hat. You must not think of this as an experimental album, nor should you call it a commercial project. It truly fits as a "music played to one's own self" album. I think that the music is very thematic, i think it is upbeat in its mood, and i like the ascendancy he takes with the guitar work time to time. The music is great and leaves you On an Island by the time you are done with it. Expand
  3. JoeMomma
    Mar 28, 2006
    10
    Kevin M and RH clearly don't know what they are talking about. Pink Floyd is obviously greater than the sum of its parts but David Kevin M and RH clearly don't know what they are talking about. Pink Floyd is obviously greater than the sum of its parts but David Gilmour and Roger Waters have both released quality solo records. Expand
  4. RonR
    Mar 9, 2006
    8
    Classic D.G.,a little slow at times but grows on you after a few listens. Nice to here him back and with a few friends that hav'ent been Classic D.G.,a little slow at times but grows on you after a few listens. Nice to here him back and with a few friends that hav'ent been heard from for a few years.Don't stay away so long next time! Expand
  5. AdrienneNotapplicable
    Mar 24, 2006
    8
    I found it to be lovely. Chill out, everyone.
  6. DarrenM
    Mar 11, 2006
    7
    You're gonna love some of the tracks like Castellorizon, On An Island, The Blue and Smile, but let's get "metaphysical," ...most You're gonna love some of the tracks like Castellorizon, On An Island, The Blue and Smile, but let's get "metaphysical," ...most others seem underwritten, lack lyrical thought and seemed deeply steeped in perhap's Gilmour's mortality. Mood is awfully slow and methodical without much bite. Still worth adding to the collection. Prefer Gilmour's self titled 1978 album first with the more "pop sensible "About Face" a close second. Just can't get enough of that haunting "Echo-ing" guitar. Worth adding to the collection. Expand
  7. RH
    Mar 17, 2006
    0
    A guy who hasn't been associated with quality music since 'Animals'.........should we really care about this uninteresting release?

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