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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.59 | 3439 ratings

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3 stars This album captured the zeitgeist of its time, but perhaps cannot be effectively removed from that time, from a compositional perspective. Sure it's a concept album in which songs flow into each other, and a certain bit of filler is to be expected, even condoned. But so much dross! I can only conclude that this must have been, and probably still is, good music to which to indulge in the illicit, because with very few exceptions, it doesn't pass muster with the sober mind.

Only one great song, that being "Time"; a few average ones at best - "Money", which was reworked far more effectively as "Have a Cigar" on the next album, and "Brain Damage"; and one supposed classic that is nothing but a simplistic dirge - "Us and Them". The rest is best forgotten if possible. I suppose I should give the equally interminable "the Great Gig in the Sky" some credit for inspiring much better feminine wailing for the next quarter century, and for that the album gets rounded up from 2.5 stars.

This is a "classic" that I seriously doubt many would enjoy today if they heard it for the first time and were not told it was the great Pink Floyd. For a far better result, try "Wish you were Here".

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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