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ANIMALS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.52 | 2455 ratings

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proghairfunk
5 stars Animals is definately one of the best representations of progressive music. It is the transistion album from WYWH and Dark Side to Final Cut and The Wall. And this mixes the old and new Pink Floyd wonderfully! A loosely based concept album about the three different types of people, (Dogs-street-wise scamers, Pigs-the bosses and leaders and Sheep- the majority of the population who just obey whatever they're told) Animals is quite a journey.

First we have Pigs on The Wing Pt. 1 which is a great mood setter. This song and the closing song, Pigs on The Wing Pt. 2 are relatively the same song musically, but with slightly different lyrics. They work very nicely as bookends to the album. 8/10 (for Pts. 1 and 2)

The first truely great song is Dogs. Although the lyrics are very dark on this song (this goes for the album as well) the music at most points is not. This creates a very cool balance. Dogs is full of great moments, but it also contains my favorite David Gilmour guitar lick at 13:57. This song is truely one for the ages. 10/10

But then again so is Pigs (Three Different Ones.) As the title suggests, this song is about three different types of Pigs. The first is a boss, possibly of a coal mine, the second is a "fucked up old hag" and the third is Mary Whitehouse, who if I'm not mistaken is a politician from England who spoke out against Rock and possibly even Pink Floyd themselves. This song is great, very angry and and aggressive sounding. At times it is also very creepy, especially in the opening. 10/10

Sheep is another great song, even if it isn't on the same level as Dogs and Pigs. On the other hand though, there aren't a whole lotta songs on the same level as those two. Sheep is the only of these long songs that actually feels long. I can't quite put my finger on why this song doesn't click with me as much as the others, but by all means it is still a great song. If it was on most any other album I would probably consider it a highlight. But seeing as it is preceeded by two of my favorite songs, its hard not to be too judgemental. 8/10

proghairfunk | 5/5 |

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