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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.52 | 3500 ratings

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4 stars The message is still relevant today.

Pink Floyd complete their artistic plateau (along with WYWH) with a haunting album that I'm sure is not in favor with many high ranking execs. I often wonder why it is Dark Side is so revered, at least among prog fans, because this album is far "proggier" and more intellectually stimulating. But alas, there's something more important to know: David Gilmour gives a guitar performance of a lifetime, with patterns and arrangements that are not only challenging, but emotionally moving and deep.

The bookends of the album are really just entry and exit barriers to the madness within. As has been explained by others, the symbolism of the album, while a bit simple, is really fitting and highlights some rather depressing aspects of life. My personal favorites are Dogs and Pigs, but that is not to say that Sheep is not an excellent track as well.

All in all an album you must own, an album that was unexpected by many, considering the success of the two previous albums. But Animals might just be better than WYWH (and it is certainly more gripping than Dark Side). And the power in the lyrics is just as powerful today as it was in '77.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |


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