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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.59 | 3111 ratings

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rpe9p
4 stars One of the most recognizable and well known albums in all of music, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was clearly the most commercially successful and popularly recognized prog album of all time. While it is a great and historic album, for me it falls short of being a prog masterpiece. There are things I like a lot about this album, but I think enough has been written on that subject so I will try to explain why I feel this is not one of the greatest prog albums of all time. I certainly do not believe that this album cant be prog simply because it had mainstream success, rather I think that should add to the significance of the album because it was a gateway into prog for many people. The fact is though, I do not think this album is all that progressive. I do not have a great interest in psychedelic/space rock and I think that Dark Side of the Moon is a psychedelic rock album much more than it is a prog album (the two should not be inherently linked). The prog elements are there, but they are not what define the album and so I do not find Dark Side to be up to the caliber of other prog masterpieces. I still consider giving this album five stars, just for its historical significance for prog, and for being a very good psychedelic/space rock album. However, when I think about it this album does not deserve a bump for historical significance in the way that In the Court of the Crimson King does, because it influenced listeners, but not so much the genre of prog. Dark Side of the Moon is an album that every fan of prog (or just rock) should hear (and probably has), but to me it just can not be counted as a masterpiece of prog.
rpe9p | 4/5 |

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