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A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.07 | 1729 ratings

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3 stars Even though this is one of the latest albums by PF it is certainly not the last one I bought . In fact it's one of the first, I got in the band's discography relatively late. According to the averages it's one of their lesser albums but there I do not quite agree. Not that it's a masterpiece, far from it but it's a good album and there are a few releases by PF I'm not really fond of so there's my explanation.

First track, Signs of life, is a typical opening track, like a sort of introduction to what is to come. This instrumental overture is mysterious and atmospheric. Nice. 3*.

Learning to Fly is more of a vocal track, a famous one, often played on their live concerts. Good Song but not quite mindblowing I would say. 3,25*.

The Dogs of War goes on in the same style, most of the songs on this album are pretty slow and have a sort of build up, a sort of growth in them. Same with this one, most of the songs are also a bit restrained as if they never come to some spectacular explosion. This one does for a bit after 3 minutes when Gilmour starts displaying a bit of his talent. Some companionship from the sax as well. But also this one doesn't grow to great heights. 3,5*.

One Slip is sort of the title track, well at least it's the only of the 10 tracks where the title is mentioned in the lyrics to be more precise. The track is a bit flat, no significant features here, more of an average track with an atypical rhythm by the way. 3*.

Next is one of my favourite PF tracks of all time although at the same time I must admit I'm not always in the mood for it. But when I'm in the right mood I enjoy it hugely not in the least because of Gilmour's great guitar solo at the end. 4,5*.

Yet another Movie is the one with the psychedelic/space sounds in the beginning, maybe a hint to their past (early seventies) when they did this all the time. It just lasts a minute, after this another regular song, quite interesting but not great. 3,25*

After two short ones, Round and Round and A New Machine, it's time for Terminal Frost. A very nice instrumental with great saxophone amongst other fine contributions. 3,5*.

And after the last short interlude (A New Machine pt.2) the second highlight, Sorrow. Longest song of the album and an impressive composition. And also on this one the sting is in the tail with great guitar at the end. 4*.

So a nice album by this great band but nothing to go overboard about really. And two really good songs are not enough to give 4 stars for so it will have to be three.

progrules | 3/5 |

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