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WISH YOU WERE HERE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.62 | 2861 ratings

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burtonrulez
5 stars This album is very different from Dark Side. Whereas Dark Side concentrates on experimental sampling, a conceptual focus, short poppier tunes, WYWH concentrates on big anthemic sounds, extended progressive composition, and techical ability. But what they both have in common is the way they create an atmosphere, albeit two very different atmospheres.

'Shine on You Crazy Diamond Part 1' is a perfect opene with its clean guitars and synths, and the vocal section is totally beautiful. This whole piece soars. Gilmour's talent on guitar always lied in his ability to create a mood, rather than technicality, and this fits the bill perfectly. Just... wonderful. 'Welcome to the Machine' contrasts by being as mechanical as possible. Acoustic rythm guitar is brely audible because of the dark oppressive synths. The lyrics are truly haunting, and as time progresses become more and more relevant. 'Have a Cigar' falls short of the mark a bit, and the vocal by Roy Harper doesn't quite cut it. The lyrics are good though, deliberately riddled with cliches sung from the point of view of the music business. 'Wsh You Were Here' is a great anthem/ballad. I think this one (and the two shine on songs) are written for Barret. This one's beautiful and a great singalong. 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond Part 2' is not so good as part 1, but still amazing. This one's more synth driven, whereas the other was full of clean guitar. The lyrics of both parts are wonderful, and could have been written about several influential people in my life.

I set out wanting to rate this album a four, but I just have to go 5. At first I thought the album was cold and unemotional, but now I realise that it can be very warm if you are willing to make the effort to uncover the jewels (or diamonds). Five well deserved stars.

burtonrulez | 5/5 |

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