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on September 8, 2009
"David Gilmour" was the first solo album by a Pink Floyd band member that quite clearly and powerfully revealed what that individual's contribution to the band actually was. Waters had his "The Body" much earlier but it was really a side-project that didn't quite give one much insight into what his input into the band really was. "David Gilmour" is just that, a revelation.
Back when it first came out it was striking, that revelation, and you realized that a HUGE part of what was known and loved as Pink Floyd came from it's main vocalist and guitarist. This was Gilmour's very first step on the road to his massive success, both artistically and commercially, that eventually reached it's full flower with his "Live in Gdansk" Release.
It was a long haul over a few decades and this first effort did little to burnish Gilmour's name into the public consciousness. It took his battle to retain the Pink Floyd name after Waters' departure and the success of post-Waters Floyd to finally achieve that name recognition.
All that as history now, a listen to this album is still, 30 years later, a revelation. It's all there, everything the taciturn genius is capable of - great melodic development, rich, tasteful, distinctive guitar work, impeccable arrangements and ... that voice, that silky, honey toned voice that's capable of growling with grit as well.
Right from the start, "David Gilmour" has got you hooked and it stays that way right until the last massive chords of "I Can't Breathe Anymore" fade out at the end of it all. As good as Gilmour has become, and the man is an undisputed master, this album still contains some of his best work. I don't think there's been too many solo efforts from artists from famous bands that have worked as well, and stood the test of time, as David Gilmour's first solo album.
If you like, or love, Pink Floyd and have wondered if this album is worth it's price ... allay that fear immediately. Indispensible for anyone who loves Pink Floyd and richly rewarding to anyone who likes to listen to really damn fine music.