David Rhodes’ lengthy résumé as a guitarist and composer includes work with Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison and Robert Plant, but he is perhaps best known for his 25-year collaborative partnership with Peter Gabriel. Bittersweet is the first solo album of his prodigious career, and his most concerted effort since his work with the band Random Hold in the late ’70s. Not surprisingly, songs like “Bittersweet,” “Crazy Jane” and “All I Know” echo the wistful melancholia and spatial trappings of Gabriel’s signature style, and Rhodes’ atmospheric approach is equally alluring. His knack for melding mood and melody is undiminished.

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