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ANIMALS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.52 | 2550 ratings

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Alitare
5 stars Dragged down by the stone...

Another classic Floyd album in the midst of the Roger Waters led era. This one is their darkest and most pessimistic, yet. The songs are in the opposite style of Wish You Were Here (two extended pieces book ending three shorter songs) in lieu of two shorter pieces starting and ending the album with three epic pieces in the middle.

The acoustic intro/outro Pigs on the Wing, is a beautiful piece. And ties the album together. Aside from that, the narrative is influenced by Animal Farm, and categorizes people as either:

Dogs - My favorite song of the album, mainly for its melancholy soloing that is simply blistering. The lyrics tell of the Dogs who stab each other in the back and lie at every turn, getting fat off of the pain of others, finally dying due to their own reckless deceit, being controlled by the pigs to lie and keep the sheep in line. The mid level businessmen. The ones who drown under their own ill gotten weight, just being used. Just being used by the:

Pigs - Another favorite (in an album of favorites) This song is a bit less depressing, but a bit angrier than its predecessor. It calls out the leaders in White house, and ones like Thatcher. The ones who greasily rake in the world under their oppressive control. The ones who use the dogs to control the sheep Everyone suffers so they may live the high life. The political and religious leaders. Intellectual slaveholders and moral crooks. It features a bit more upbeat feel, while still being angry and caustic. They rule the dogs, who keep in line the:

Sheep - This is to some the best track, and I can see why. It is a progressive mix of amazing music. The keyboard part near the beginning... At any rate, this song is about the lower and working class people, deceived by the dogs and controlled by the pigs. The blue collar man. Working and toiling hard to offer up his spoils to the pigs. There is a bit of a twist ending, however, that wasn't in the Animal Farm novel.

In all, this is one of Pink Floyd's best works. I enjoy it more than Dark side, about as much as Wish you Were Here, and less than The Wall. Five Stars.

Alitare | 5/5 |

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