TITLE: A Momentary Lapse of Reason
YEAR RELEASED: 1987
CHART ACTION: #3 US, #3 UK
SINGLES: Learning to Fly (#70 US, #1 Mainstream), On the Turning Away (#81 US, #1 Mainstream, #55 UK), One Slip (#5 Mainstream, #50 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah,
LINEUP: Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason. Richard Wright played some. There were lots of people helping like Bob Ezrin, Tony Levin, Jim Keltner, Bill Payne, Carmine Appice and others.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Roger Waters left the band, and amidst lawsuits and whatnot, David Gilmour and Nick Mason decide to be Pink Floyd again.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You know, there was as much hype about this album as there was for The Final Cut, and for the most part people weren’t disappointed or sad about the result.
David Gilmour turned a third solo album into a Pink Floyd album by bringing along Nick Mason – somewhat to assuage the CBS suits and somewhat to stick a finger in Roger Waters’ eye. And the reconstituted group does…OK.
Gilmour’s guitar playing is exceptional, and some of the musical ideas catch your ear. Gilmour’s voice isn’t the same as it was in the 70’s. It’s a litter gruffer and tired, which could be expected.
But it’s not essential when all is said and done. There are nice moments like “Learning to Fly” and some that make you scratch your head as they’re heavy handed or meandering or <<shudder>> lapsing into Adult Contemporary land.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Rick Wright’s wife asked Gilmour if he could record some tracks, and he said, “Sure”.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Nah
GRADE B-: That grade is for Gilmour’s guitar work, really.