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Rattle That Lock

Rattle That Lock

Rattle That Lock

Rattle That Lock


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Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is not prolific. Rattle That Lock is only his fourth solo studio album (though it follows his late band's final album, The Endless River, by only ten months). Gilmour recorded some 35 songs for this set, some dating back 18 years. Trimming them to ten couldn't have been easy. Titled for John Milton's second book in Paradise Lost, Rattle That Lock is structured as an informal song cycle to reflect the sometimes random, sometimes weightier thought processes of a typical person in a single day. It begins, appropriately, with the instrumental "5 A.M.." Orchestrated by Zbigniew Preisner, Gilmour's signature slow, bluesy, Stratocaster sting enters just 30 seconds in, followed by fingerpicked acoustic guitars, gentle synths, and electric piano amid chamber strings to announce the title-track single. It's the first of five songs co-written with novelist Polly Samson, Gilmour's wife. His meaty guitar lines mirror the spirit of the lyrics, which reflect dissent and the redemption that lies in the freedom to choose. Co-producer Phil Manzanera's Hammond organ, two funky basslines, and soaring chorus vocals from Mica Paris, Louise Marshall, and the Liberty Choir provide a smooth AOR feel. "Faces of Stone" is a waltz done as a tango, colored by Floyd-esque atmospherics and an extended wailing guitar break. The ageless harmonies of Graham Nash and David Crosby grace "A Boat Lies Waiting," a moving, understated tribute to Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright. Gilmour's slide hovers above Roger Eno's elegant piano, chamber strings, and the cry of gulls. Samson's lyrics are economical but mighty, capturing bittersweet nostalgia, pain, and loss in their poignancy. "In Any Tongue" chillingly examines the toll of a global war run by men with deadly joysticks (to drones) in their hands: "God help my son/What has he done?/...I hear 'Mama' sounds the same in any tongue…." In "Beauty," Eno and Gilmour trade contrasting minimal piano and blues-rock guitar lines as strings and reverb bridge them. Second single "Today" commences as a hymn, but erupts into wonky funk driven by Guy Pratt's bass. Here the silken, rockist disco of Wall-era Floyd clashes with Speaking in Tongues-era Talking Heads, and it all works -- dramatic orchestral accompaniment notwithstanding. Instrumental closer "And Then…" features Gilmour's expressive Strat and acoustic guitars. Andy Newmark's drums and Danny Cummings' percussion frame them amid a backdrop of strings. This tune is so lyrical that Gilmour's guitar playing literally sings, making it one of his finest instrumentals. As a whole, Rattle That Lock reveals more confident and developed songwriting from Gilmour and Samson; they'll be a near-symbiotic team in the future. It is a snapshot of where Gilmour is as a musician in 2015, and not by any means a grand portrait or statement to sum up his career.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2015
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888751232624
catalogNumber: 512326
Rank: 3047


  1. 5 A.M.
  2. Rattle That Lock
  3. Faces Of Stone
  4. A Boat Lies Waiting
  5. Dancing Right In Front Of Me
  6. In Any Tongue
  7. Beauty
  8. The Girl In The Yellow Dress
  9. Today
  10. And Then…

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Gilmour   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Bass Harmonica
Roger Eno   Piano
Jools Holland   Piano
Phil Manzanera   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Graham Nash   Vocals
Mica Paris   Vocals
Robert Wyatt   Cornet
Jon Carin   Electric Piano
David Crosby   Vocals
Danny Cummings   Percussion
Martin France   Drums
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Andy Newmark   Drums
Guy Pratt   Bass
John Parricelli   Guitar
Rolf Wilson   Leader
Mike Rowe   Electric Piano
Robert Ziegler   Conductor
Damon Iddins   Accordion,Calliope,Keyboards
Steve DiStanislao   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Colin Stetson   Saxophone
Yaron Stavi   Bass,Vocals,Double Bass
Polly Samson   Vocals
Rado Klose   Guitar
Louise Marshall   Vocals
Eira Owen   French Horn
Mj Paranzino   Leader,Choir Director
Gabriel Gilmour   Piano

Technical Credits

Phil Manzanera   Producer
David Gilmour   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Andy Jackson   Engineer
Doug Wright   Communication
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Zbigniew Preisner   Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Rupert Truman   Cover Photo
Damon Iddins   Engineer
Polly Samson   Composer
Claire Singers   Communication
Mike Boddy   Engineer
Dave Stansbie   Art Direction
Kevin Madigan   Vocal Engineer
Michaël Boumendil   Composer

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