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Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.15 | 870 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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2 stars No more please...

Seemingly the one hiccup of early Floyd, this album was basically thrown together and it definitely sounds like it. There's even rumor that some of the band members themselves want it omitted from their discography. This one finds the band at a weird stage in life, being that this is the first album done entirely without Mr. Barrett at the helm forcing the other members to step up like their last album (the great Saucerful of Secrets). The album is not entirely without merit, but it does lose the audience's attention after about the first side. There's some repeated material (this is likely due to the fact that it's a soundtrack), some very boring material, but some good material as well. After this album it's a surprise that the next soundtrack that they would do would actually be very very good.

As previously stated, the first side is actually quite good. Cirrus Minor opens the album gracefully in a very Floydian manner while The Nile Song quickly pushes it out of the way and proceeds to rock for a bit, showcasing Gilmour as a good hard rock vocalist, albeit for only a minute. Up The Khyber is fairly forgettable, but that's okay because the A side is about to close on a very high note. Green Is The Color is actually a fairly fantastic song, as is Cymbaline. Both fairly odd for the Floyd being that they are fairly modest in structure and has a fairly basic layout. They're performed quite well, however, and that makes them very good songs able to compete with some of Floyd's classics.

The B side is where it all goes to hell on this one. There's no tracks really worth mentioning since they're all mostly quiet, instrumental and they all run together (in a bad way) to make some kind of song-stew that's not really that great. Ibiza Bar is basically a repeat of The Nile Song, or maybe it's just part II of the song, but either way it's fairly weird to listen to the same song twice. Quicksilver is the longest song on the album (and has, arguably, the coolest title), but once again it's fairly unremarkable and doesn't really go anywhere, unlike Floyd's usual inspired instrumental tunes. Maybe there's some great moments on Side B, but since it's hard to keep the attention span going over these tunes they're likely going to be missed.

Ending statement!

A blip in the Floyd's career. Best avoided, but since side A actually borders on excellent it's still recommend it to fans and collectors. Everyone else should just try and find the better tracks on a compilation. 2 stars. There's so much better stuff under every category of Floyd's music.

Queen By-Tor | 2/5 |

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