Richard Wright

Broken China

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Inspired by a friend's battle with clinical depression, Broken China is an intriguing effort from Richard Wright. Throughout the album, Wright explores African polyrhythms along with new-age and classical instrumental textures, creating a shimmering series of soundscapes that revel in its own moodiness. For listeners unwilling to follow Wright through his sonic paintings, the two tracks featuring vocals by Sinead O'Connor -- "Reaching for the Rail" and "Breakthrough" will be more digestable, yet any fan of Pink Floyd's most ambient moments will find something of interest here, although the worldbeat rhythms may be intially off-putting.

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