AllMusic Review: Utterly unencumbered by the baggage of his long years in the music business, Winwood reinvents himself as a completely contemporary artist on this outstanding album, leading off with his best solo song, “While You See a Chance.” Winwood also plays all the instruments. Arc of a Diver is the second solo studio album by singer/multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood. Released in 1980, Winwood played all of the instruments on the album.
Featuring his first solo hit, “While You See a Chance” (which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States), this was Winwood’s breakthrough album as a solo artist. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart, establishing him as a commercially viable act.
The cover artwork for the album is by Tony Wright. He took inspiration from Jazz by Henri Matisse, notably VIII: Icarus. — William Ruhlmann
All songs written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings except where noted.
- “While You See a Chance” – 5:12
- “Arc of a Diver” (Winwood, Vivian Stanshall) – 5:28
- “Second-Hand Woman” (Winwood, George Fleming) – 3:41
- “Slowdown Sundown” – 5:27
- “Spanish Dancer” – 5:58
- “Night Train” – 7:51
- “Dust” (Winwood, Fleming) – 6:20
Schill Score: 6.5/10
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