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A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.66 | 1703 ratings

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Epignosis
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3 stars As far as Pink Floyd's psychedelic excursions went, this one is pretty far out there.

"Let There Be More Light" A Saucerful of Secrets kicks off with that groovy psychedelic guitar riff with Rick Wright's dissonant organ. The main riff is ghoulishly maladroit, dragging the melody alongside it.

"Remember a Day" One of Pink Floyd's many psychedelic acoustic pieces, this one firmly rooted in the 1960s style. Wright trades out the organ for a feathery piano, a contrast to Nick Mason's aggressive (well, aggressive for him) drumming.

"Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" The moodiest and most dismal, "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" is a shadowy journey of both repetition and evolution. The steady bass mimics the melody, adding its own touches, while enigmatic sounds pour forth.

"Corporal Clegg" Excepting the refrain, this song is an exercise in playful silliness.

"A Saucerful of Secrets" One of Pink Floyd's eeriest pieces, this was the soundtrack in 2012 for my trip to a little Halloween party. Creepy keyboard passages strive against one another in the first four minutes, while thudding drums, screeching guitar, and inharmonious piano banging. Eventually the piece settles into melodious bass and organ droning. The avant-garde nature of this piece is unrivaled by anything in the Pink Floyd studio discography, excepting Ummagumma.

"See-Saw" Soporifically beautiful, this song shows the untapped potential of the late Rick Wright, both as a writer and as a vocalist (Wright is my favorite Pink Floyd singer).

"Jugband Blues" It's another goofy tune, this one penned by the unpredictable Syd Barrett. It's a disjointed thing. I never was a Barrett fan, I never thought he was a genius, and Pink Floyd were better off without his antics.

Epignosis | 3/5 |

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