David Gilmour has remained quiet since Pink Floyd's unexpected reunion last July for the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, but hardly inactive. The man described as "the guitar and the voice of Pink Floyd"

David Gilmour has remained quiet since Pink Floyd's unexpected reunion last July for the Live 8 concert at Hyde Park, but hardly inactive. The man described as "the guitar and the voice of Pink Floyd" was busy putting the finishing touches to only his third solo album in a career that spans close to 40 years.

"On an Island," which features guest spots from David Crosby, Graham Nash and Pink Floyd's Rick Wright, is due this week through EMI in Europe and a day later via Columbia Records in the United States. A 25-date sold-out tour starts shortly in Europe and crosses over to America in April before returning to the U.K. at the end of May for a series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

"I do really think it is about as good a piece of work as I have ever done," Gilmour says, adding, "It felt to me that this album should be me and not Pink Floyd this time. It's just a slightly different way of working. I worked from home on my own [without] having to be involved in the rather large machinery that is the Pink Floyd thing."

The artist collaborated on many of the lyrics with his wife, Polly Samson. "Other lyricists would be writing more for themselves than for me and they would not know me that well," Gilmour says. "If I asked Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan to write for me, I love their work but I don't know these people. So it seems to me more artistically sound to work with someone who I live and breathe with every day.

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