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ANIMALS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.52 | 2519 ratings

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HammerOfPink
4 stars I give this album a 4 star. I like this album a lot, it's great for prog collection, and one of the more well known Pink Floyd albums. However, There's something missing within this album that had been present since Saucerful, I don't quite know what it is... it's like... less spacey and surreal. What I'm talking about is Echoes, Shine on You crazy Diamond, Careful with that axe, eugene type of feel. This album is a lot more harder rock, especially Sheep. And it's a lot darker lyrically, as well. Mostly Roger Waters' fault, lol. But by no means is he a bad songwriter, he is amazing. However, when left along, I think Roger kinda takes it away from the progressive side and starts moving towards a different direction. As he began to lead the band, I could see it slowly start to change... starting with Animals.

The lyrics are no longer surreal things like in Echoes, about echoes of a distant time willowing across the sand... nah, it's a lot more serious and quite allegorical. The concept of the album is a satire, and it's mocking certain things like important figures and social classes. I think Dogs are rich people who obey their masters blindly to make money, and Pigs are the big dictatorial ring leaders, and sheep are mindless followers who rebel. I THINK, I'm not sure.

The best song is Dogs, I think. This song is the most progressive on the album. It kinda sounds a bit depressing though. But it's still good, and it has an epic ending, and features a keyboard solo in the middle with dogs barking across it.

Pigs (Three Different Ones) is a good song, and so is Sheep, both are 11 and 10 minutes, and when you look at them, they're kinda like ordinary songs, with the verse chorus verse chorus thing going, only each verse and chorus is slightly progressive and thus, longer than the usual verse.

The bookends of the album are acoustic Pigs on the Wing, which are pretty good. During live performances, they were on either end of Dogs, and part 2 featured an extra guitar solo.

Overall, this album is extremely good, a lot darker than their previous work, and more influenced by Roger Waters. In my personal opinion, this album went down from Wish You were Here, and further with the wall, and further with the final cut, my least favourite album. But I recommend it for all progressive rock fans, it's easily likeable. It was my first Pink Floyd album!

HammerOfPink | 4/5 |

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