Review: David Gilmour returns with more peaks than valleys on Rattle That Lock


rattlethatlockPink Floyd has been declared officially dead on multiple occasions, but its surviving members continue to linger on musically, which is a good thing. The group’s two main forces, Roger Waters and David Gilmour, are moving in different directions as Waters continues to revisit The Wall while Gilmour’s new solo album, Rattle That Lock, finds the former Floyd guitarist and co-frontman exploring a variety of musical ground, to different degrees of success.

But while some things on Rattle That Lock work better than others, the good news is the album delivers multiple moments of musical beauty as well as vintage, soaring Gilmour guitar solos, which is probably what most fans are looking for.

Indeed, Rattle That Lock is at its best when Gilmour unleashes his trademark gorgeous, spine-tingling melodies, which he does quite often. The album’s title track and first single suggested that Rattle That Lock might be an album full of run-of-the-mill pop/rock with the occasional Gilmour moment, but the rest of the album doesn’t sound much like the title track at all.

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Much of Rattle That Lock consists of more soothing, slower tempo songs. The melancholy “Faces of Stone” has stunning, gorgeous guitar work, and not far behind it is “In Any Tongue” and the gently flowing “Dancing Right In Front Of Me.” Gilmour also has three captivating instrumental numbers in the album opener “5 A.M.”, “Beauty” and the closer “And Then…”.

If the album has a point where it starts to slip, it arguably comes on the jazzy “The Girl In The Yellow Dress.” Credit Gilmour for trying a different direction, but it doesn’t quite stack up to the rest of the album. Nor does the funkier “Today,” which at times sounds like a poor man’s version of the Floyd classic “Young Lust.”

Overall though, Rattle That Lock is a welcome return for Gilmour, and any fan of his will find something to like on the album. It might not be a mind-blowing album but it is a successful one, complete with enough memorable Gilmour moments to come away satisfied.

Release Date: September 18, 2015

(Captain Quirk Personal Interpretation of the Rocknuts review scale:

5 nuts — All-time classic; perfect or near-perfect album full of high level songs that may be heavily influential and/or change music. It’s generally a score that is achieved over time and is rarely if ever handed out right away.
4.5 nuts — Upper-echelon album of rare quality. One that may be in the discussion for best albums of the decade and that you’ll come back to for years to come.
4 nuts — Strong album that will be under consideration for my album of the year pick. I’ll most likely buy a copy for my collection.
3.5 nuts — Good to very good album that I may or may not buy a copy of but generally has a satisfying quality of material from start to finish with an occasional hiccup here or there. By design I try to review albums that have gotten a positive reception, which results in more albums than not seeming to fall into this range.
3 nuts — Above average, with a song or two I may come back to again and again in the future, but most likely I’m not going to buy a copy.
2.5 nuts — Middle of the road album. Nothing really above or below average here. Might be worth a listen but is generally forgettable.
2 nuts — It may have a few moments, but something went wrong here overall. This album isn’t a lost cause but has noticeable issues.
1.5 nuts to .5 nuts — A bad album that you won’t want to listen to. If there’s a good song or two on here, it’ll be surrounded by stuff that didn’t work. Few albums go this far wrong.
Zero nuts — As is the case with 5 nuts, this is a score that will very rarely be awarded. It represents an all-time stinker of an album that fails across the board and is genuinely difficult to listen to. Everything on it sucks from top to bottom, with nothing to salvage it. Fortunately, very, very few albums plummet this depth.)

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One comment to “Review: David Gilmour returns with more peaks than valleys on Rattle That Lock”
  1. Quirk, I love your scale at the bottom. This is one that I’m hoping to listen to in the near future. How close does it play to On An Island? How did you feel about On An Island?

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