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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.15 | 1360 ratings

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4 stars Sometimes less is more, goes the saying.

After the zeitgeist of the nineties unplugged crazed died off, music listeners started to pay attention to more basic or stripped down offerings from their heroes. And nothing fits that description better than Floyd's third LP and first OST of the 1969 movie titled More.

Putting their psychedelic space rock on hold, the Floyd, now with David Gilmour fully integrated and Syd Barrett and his lyrical influences completely jettisoned, we have the new mark II version of Pink Floyd that has produced an album that is mysteriously enchanting as it lacks almost all of the pretentious that we have come to expect and appreciate from this band. And that's why More is a minor gem. Good without the gimmicks.

The lead off track Cirrus Minor is a slice of dark melancholia that only the Floyd seemed able to get away with in 1969, and shows off Pink Floyd's most secret weapon of that era, Rick Wright's farfisa organ and understated piano. Following immediately is the sonic assault of The Nile Song, which to this day remains one of Floyd's heaviest workouts, and, like most of the songs on this album, does not sound dated by production tricks of the era.

Only the 7 minute long atmospheric keyboard altered and recording tape vary speeded sound of the song Quicksilver reminds you that you are still in the domain of the Floyd, while the gentle ballads of Green Is The Color and Cymbaline draw one temporary to other views. Gilmour's sweet vocals on these two magnificent songs could not have been more dissimilar than those just heard on the hard rocking Nile Song, along with close sound alike cousin, the rocking Ibiza Bar, which quickly follows. Perhaps there is something more going on here that meets the eye, or ear, if you like. Pun not intended.

And that's part of the secret charm that More holds over a listener that will give it half a chance against better known and more experimental albums like Ummagumma. Sometimes less is really more. Pun intended. 4 stars for this unheralded jewel.

SteveG | 4/5 |


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