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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.61 | 4483 ratings

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5 stars I probably need not explain so much, because everyone knows this album, even those not so into prog... but regardless it's an extremely important one, and gets a 5 without a doubt.

Just listening to it for the first time, it has its weird progressive moments between its awesome classic rock moments. Sound effects, spoken phrases and experimentation lead into nice classic radio friendly songs that non progressive people can still appreciate. In fact, this album is a good bridge to introduce ordinary classic rockers into the progressive genre.

Speak to me is basically an overture of the album made up of different sound effects throughout, leading into Breathe, a soft and quiet song that's relaxing. Following this, it suddenly goes into a synthesizer part, and gets quite electronic and experimental, with sound effects being played over it. I remember listening to it for the first time and looking back at the timer to be surprised that it was already halfway through the 3rd track. After an explosion, the soundeffects gradually turn to ticking clocks which ring loudly and wake up the listener with chimes and alarms, letting you know that the next song is about to start.

Time begins with in interesting drum part and leads into a classic rock song with beautiful female backing vocals, nice keyboards, and a reprisal of breath. This leads into a piano solo called the Great Gig in the Sky featuring beautiful soaring female vocals singing without words and yet still representing something through the sound only. The song is about death. This part is amazing, and just the fact that the music has never stopped so far and now this climactic song is being played beautifully is wonderful.

After it ends, Money sound effects come in and a memorable bluesy classic rock song is introduced, and everyone knows money, so I don't need to say anything except that there's an amazing saxophone solo and guitar solo in it.

Us and them is a very epic sounding song that is mostly pianos with sevearl saxophone solos and epic choruses. It's around 7 minutes long, and is a nice song to listen to.

It leads to any Colour you Like, which is an instrumental showcasing the keyboards mostly. This leads into Brain Damage, a song about lunatics which sounds a little odd to the casual listener, but completely normal to Pink Floyd fans. It has wonderful female vocals, and leads into the epic climax Eclipse, which is a long list of different experience of being a human. It ends dramatically, with another voice saying there is no dark side of the moon really... matter of fact it's all dark, and a heart beat. Also, if you can listen very carefully, you can hear very quiet music in the background... some say it's part of the Beatles, who were recording next door, but I'm not totally sure.

Like many Pink Floyd albums this goes full circle like the wind from meddle, the 2 parts of shine on you crazy diamond from wish you were here, the two parts of Pigs on the Wing from Animals, and the Isn't this where we came in phrase from the wall. It's an amazing album, and I probably didn't even need to write all that, as most already know about it, but oh well.

HammerOfPink | 5/5 |


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