Don Airey
A Light in the Sky
Style: Progressive Jazz Rock
Release date: February 25th 2008

Don Airey (Deep Purple) is about to release his second solo album ”A light in the sky” upon us February 25th 2008. He has contributed to important rock albums such as; Ozzy Osbourne’s

“Blizzard of Ozz”, “Down to earth” by Rainbow and Whitesnake’s “1987”, to name a few.


“What I had in mind was making something that sounded like a cross between Rainbow, The

Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jean-Michel Jarre”, says Airey.


Well... I have been listening to this album for about 14 days, or more I think and I still don’t get it.

Of course it’s well written, well played and well produced but I must admit that I had expected a

more ambient and atmospheric release. Keyboardists and Progressive Rock fans will find it very

interesting I’m sure, but I am left quite disappointed. There are plenty of jazz influences to be found and I honestly can’t say that I’m a huge fan of jazz and the more I listen to this album the more I get the feeling that you really have to be a fan of Progressive (jazzy) rock heavily rooted in the 70’s to swallow this album... and I’m not!


Well.... I have only read great reviews of this album so far... so maybe I’m the only one on this planet who finds this release quite boring...? But so be it.



17 tracks...
Label: Mascot Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 40/100
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: February 18 2008