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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.59 | 2956 ratings

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topofsm
5 stars This album is truly a masterpiece. The songs all have a great concept, and are full of great jazz chords and atmospherics.

Speak to me/Breathe starts the album off, quietly and slowly. It's almost as if Pink Floyd was assured of the greatness of the album so they didn't have to start off with a killer track (though this is a five star song, make no mistake). Nice and mellow.

On the Run is a soundscape of sorts. Very experimental. I love the way that at the end the airplane crashes and the explosion segues into Time.

Time is very much like Breathe. Quiet and reserved, but unlike the opening track it has a great mysterious intro filled with some sweet glockenspiel like sounds and sparse drums. This is a rather sorrowful song, probably a song that defines the Pink Floyd sound almost perfectly. It has an awesome guitar solo, and a bit after that it goes into a Breathe reprise.

After that is The Great Gig in the Sky. Absolutely beautiful. As the gospel vocals soar, the backing instruments use some great chords and transition keys seamlessly. One of the most gorgeous pieces of music ever created, and it represents the idea of death nicely.

Once that fades away, Money pings, chings, and zips on. This is a funky song, and it's most famous for its 7/4 bass riff. It has some intelligent lyrics, and after the first couple of verses a killer sax solo, and once that finishes up, it turns into a driving swung 4/4 guitar solo. The guitar just screams and screams, and its definetely one of the best Pink Floyd solos ever created.

Next is Us and Them. This is a very quiet and slow song. This song seems to be musically reserved so the listener has a chance to focus on the strong anti-violence/war message. The into is atmospheric, and has some wonderful saxophone worked into it.

After that is Any Colour you like. This is a sweet, funky, psychadelic jam with some very interesting keyboard sounds. This one is totally instrumental, and this is a pretty experimental piece of work, though On the run outdoes it in terms of experimentation. This one, in terms of music, beats out On the run though.

After that is the fun little track Brain Damage. It's got a bit of a bounce to it, and has some almost Syd Barret type lyrics to it. There are some great chords on this one, and it's always fun to listen to.

After that, Eclipse seems to sum up the epic album, touching on all the lyrical themes through the album, also containing some great keyboards and gospel vocals from Gig in the sky. This is a fantastic ending to a fantastic album. There's no dark side of the moon really. In fact it's all dark.

If you're a fan of prog rock, classic rock, or any type of rock I'd reccomend this to you. Any classic rock head already knows the impact this album has on music today. It may be a tad overrated, but it definetely has a reason for that. If you don't already have this, then get it.

topofsm | 5/5 |

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