The album opens with the ambient instrumental Castellorizon, there are all sorts sounds and textures going on here, at first it is mostly soft keyboard vibes then towards the end there is a classic Gilmour style guitar solo. On the Island flows on from this, David Gilmour still has his strong voice in tact and uses it well to fit in with the slowly moving sounds. He then proceeds to blow the listener away again with his fantastic guitar playing that brings you back to the vintage Floyd sounds. Take a breath has a much more rocking sound with David Gilmour playing more rough edged guitar riffs and getting out a growl. Red sky at night is a solid 3-minute instrumental that is led by a powerfully beautiful saxophone. This Heaven stomps on with a strong blues sound. Smile is a lovely striped back piece, reminiscent of Gilmour's songs with Pink Floyd in the early 70s such as Atom Heart Mother’s Fat Old Sun. A pocketful of stones sees Gilmour sing in a higher pitch backed with a pretty piano and some sweet strings.
This is Gilmour at his finest! The music here is far superior to what he did in his previous solo albums or even on Momentary Lapse of Reason. Over these 10 songs he has being able to develop a beautiful smooth sound which his voice is able to effectively complement and fit in with the sounds of each song. He also seems to have moved on from the bitterness heard in The Division Bell with the songs all possessing a more calm and peaceful vibe. Overall this is a fine solo effort full of vibrant colour that belongs in any Pink Floyd fan’s collection!