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Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.15 | 912 ratings

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Chris H
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4 stars First off, I think I am the only here who has actually seen the movie as well, and let's just say I was thoroughly disappointed with that piece of rubbish caught on film. However the soundtrack was an amazing musical work and it absolutely demands a listen. Here's the review:

"Cirrus Minor" kick off the album, and the chirping birds here in the parent of the chirping bird effects on "Close To The Edge". This is an excellent psychedelic, vocally captivating song. This song is the first glimpse of the Roger Waters song-writing dictatorship that will come later in the career of the Floyd. "The Nile Song" follows, and everything completely changes. "The Nile Song" is most likely the heaviest song that Pink Floyd ever released, and it surely doesn't disappoint. The lyrics tie right in with the movie, as d the ones from "Ibiza Bar" which is the sister song to this piece. One of Floyd's best ever. Worth buying the album for this song. "Crying Song" is next and it has a very tough act to follow. It's not a bad song, but the way it is placed on the album makes it seem like the original Yes line-up opening up for Dweezil Zappa. They are both great but the second pales in comparison to the first. "Crying Song" does have some very nice vocals, but not much else as there is a severe lack of substance. "Up The Khyber" is viewed by me as an intense drumming piece, which means that unless you want to hear Mason at his finest of the early days there is nothing here for you. "Green Is The Colour" is another song that could easily be considered one of my favorites. Completely on the opposite side of the spectrum from "The Nile Song" and "Ibiza Bar", this is a nice and soft acoustic ballad that is very relaxing and beautiful at the core. "Cymbaline" is the high point of the album, without a doubt. It surpasses "The Nile Song" in terms of creativity and complexity, and it will always have a warm spot in my heart as it was one of the first songs I ever learned how to play on guitar. Excellent piece of music with some of the finest vocals of the Floyd's career. The album starts to slip off of its 5-star perch after this, as "Party Sequence" and "Main Theme" breeze by shortly and unnoticed, as they contain virtually no musical aspects. "Ibiza Bar" is the sister song to "The Nile Song" and is again, some of the heaviest work released. A wonderful song, it is sadly the only listenable piece on this half of the album. "More Blues" is exactly that. More blues. Another song to skip, in my opinion. "Quicksilver" is regarded highly by everyone here and I must say although I don't like it, I really do appreciate the musicianship with all of the percussion work and it is true that it could fit in "Saucerful of Secrets". "A Spanish Piece" and "Dramatic Theme" end the album in a poor manner, with the two worst songs on the album, in my opinion.

So, what began as a perfect 5 star album became a mess of average work in the end because of a lazy second side. However, as I have already said, this is worth being bought so you can hear Floyd at their heaviest, as well as for the beautiful "Green Is The Colour" and "Cymbaline". 4 stars, an excellent diverse album.

Chris H | 4/5 |

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