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MEDDLE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.30 | 2104 ratings

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Finnforest
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3 stars "fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling"

I love that line! Meddle was the soundtrack of a few hazy summer days for me and my pals in our youth. It has much nostalgia value to me but I set that aside for an objective rating.

I find Meddle to be a bit over-rated here and I believe the average star rating would be a full star less were this album the work of a lesser known psych band of the era rather than everyone's favorite, Pink Floyd. While "Pillow of Winds," "Fearless," and half of "Echoes" are very good, and "San Tropez" is nice, I think that "One of these Days" and "Seamus" are both less than classic and frankly a bit juvenile. And a good hunk of Echoes is not exactly up there with Dogs or SOYCD. The mid section is just allowed to drift a bit too long for fans not into the chemical experience. That's not necessarily a bad thing but I would simply question whether making the piece more concise and perhaps using some of those drifting mid moments elsewhere else might not have been even better. I can't put the album on the same level as their masterpieces but do think it is very good overall and a solid piece of their legacy. I think that "A Pillow of Winds" is the standout track on this album and wish they had expanded that piece more. The textures here are just incredible and Gilmour's vocal and guitar are exquisite. As mentioned by a critic in the Meddle "critical review" dvd, Pillow sounds like the band sitting on the banks of the Thames lighting a monster joint. Meddle is a decent spin but below Floyd standards, though some see it as a step on the way to albums like Dark Side through Animals. It has its moments, but lacks the excitement and daring of the albums preceding it, and the gravitas of the albums that would follow it.

Finnforest | 3/5 |

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