Zee, Identity

A side-project of Pink Floyd's Richard Wright after his unceremonious departure from the band, this odd collabouration between Wright (atypically not on lead vocals) and Fashion's Dave Harris dates badly to modern ears; its dismal reputation may be somewhat inflated by legend, but only somewhat. Wright's synthesizers are omnipresent, often cloying and even tiresome, there are too many ümläüts on the back, and Harris' vocal range on the album is as unimpressive as his lyrics. That doesn't mean there aren't good tracks: "Confusion" is a competent opener, "Private Person" has its moments, and I rather enjoyed "Strange Rhythm" because of its bizarrely fascinating samples, world music beat and Harris' Bowie-style vocals. On the other hand, there's "Voices," which is dopey and dissonant, "Cuts Like A Diamond" doesn't and closer "Seems We Were Dreaming" is limp, repetitive and almost lazy in its sparing arrangement. There's not enough Wright to please Floyd fans, there's not enough Fàshiön fans to care, and while interesting as a collector's curiosity it's no surprise this modern reexamination of this strange album shows it has not improved with time. The CD reissue adds one B-side in its 7" and 12" forms and the single cuts of "Confusion," which I suppose is better than the shoveled-on rough mixes many such reissues do. However, the liner notes are dense and interesting despite the typos and the less-than-pro layout, and Fairlight fans (because there's an awful lot of Fairlight on this album) will enjoy the 2-page musician's perspective on that iconic device. (Content: no concerns.)