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David Jon Gilmour CBE (born 6 March 1946)[1:] is an English rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist, one of the lead singers, and one of the main songwriters in the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has worked as a record producer for a variety of artists, and has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. Gilmour has been actively involved with many charities over the course of his career. In 2003, he was appointed CBE for services to music and philanthropy and was awarded with the Outstanding Contribution title at the 2008 Q Awards.
David Gilmour, On an Island
By the late '90s, David Gilmour had earned the sort of financial stability that affords an artist enough freedom to take as long as they like between projects and he took full advantage, allowing his solo career to lay fallow for more than 20 years while only sporadically pursuing Pink Floyd as a part-time occupation. In fact, Gilmour didn't get around to releasing his third solo album, On an Island , until March decades after his most recent solo effort, 's About Face , and more than a decade after Pink Floyd's The Division Bell. The lengthy downtime was driven by a number of factors, including Gilmour's growing thirst for life away from the spotlight and the creative and personal struggles he endured with his former Pink Floyd partner Roger Waters. He had us trapped in limbo. I was putting my toe in the water. Then he left and I was unencumbered and carried on doing Pink Floyd.
I n the 40 years since Pink Floyd burst on to the London scene, initially as part of a vibrant underground that included folk, jazz and experimental musicians, its members and ex-members have released solo albums. These have ranged from Syd Barrett's psychedelic songwriting to Roger Waters' misanthropic wails, via Nick Mason's odd, but musically interesting Fictitious Sports, basically Carla Bley's s band with a different drummer. On an Island is Gilmour's third album, and the first since About Face, released in , a time before blogs and MP3s. Gilmour has long been the "acceptable face of Floyd", the nice bloke who sold his house and gave the proceeds to the homeless; who gave Kate Bush her big break; whose guitar solo is the only bright spot in the turgid misery of Another Brick in the Wall. As you might expect, On an Island is full of such potentially iconic solos, pitted against chugging strings for Take a Breath, making a dramatic late entry over the atmospherics of Pocketful of Stone. Gilmour doesn't want us to dance to the music; this is a warm sonic bath for ordinary Daves and their wives, from Krakow to Sao Paulo, to nod and smile to while sipping wine in candlelit rooms. Despite their hippie roots, Floyd have always had the common touch.
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