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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.59 | 2863 ratings

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The Truth
5 stars Thump... Thump... Thump... "I've been mad for f*****g years."

That is how my favorite album of all-time starts. The subtle start which grows into all of the noises we hear today: laughter, ticking clock, cash registers, screaming, etc. A decent way to start a concept album about living through the modern world. Anyways after all the sounds reach their climax, the song turns into a wonderful steel guitar intro for the greatest first track of all time: Breathe. Breathe in the air. You can't help but take a sigh after the lyrics describe what I'm sure your life feels like.

Then we burst into On the Run, a song describing the fear of travelling. A fast paced, looped synth creates the main rhythm but it is surrounded by more synths and screaming backwards guitar. Finally the plane comes crashing down in an explosion followed by footsteps. The whole ordeal kind of makes your ears sweat.

Then the ticking starts... You have to strain to hear the quiet tick-tocking but just then... The alarms sound and you jump out of your chair. You may have lost three years in the song that describes how time goes faster as we age. The lyrics are somewhat cynical for the serious subject but they have pretty much the same effect, we feel powerless. After a stunning guitar solo we realize that we must carry on in quiet desperation and that is our only hope...

We take a Breathe again, this time it winds down to a slow... What's happening now?

"I'm not afraid of dying... Why should I be afraid of dying? It's all gotta happen sometime, when you gotta go you gotta go..." The beautiful piano intro starts but then... comes the screaming. Your dying and your mind is flying across the skies. You can feel the wind rush by as the screaming continues and you know your demise is coming. Suddenly you can't scream anymore... You get out what you can but eventually you fade into silence.

Cha-ching! You awake to see millions of cash registers surrounding you and all the evils that lie within. A bluesy song fits well to describe what this evil is like, sad but upbeat. This is what you lived your life for. Then the guitar solo comes barrelling in and you are taken aback. That is some playing! The vocals come back and finally you decide to just give all that cash away.

Voices and guitar fade out into a keyboard intro that eventually includes a saxaphone. You see the people dying out there in the front, but you still don't see the reason why. You try to think about it but the dying is the only thing that fills your mind. Everytime you start to get an idea the scene bursts into more blood and gore. Then finally you just give up, accepting whatever apparently has to be...

"What is your favorite color?" -- "Any Colour You Like"

You are spiraling into madness... You can't be saved so you just laugh... You tell all your friends in a beautiful little song that you will see them all on the dark side of the moon. The lazy sounding guitar describes your state of mind and the lyrics try to keep your mind that way...

Then suddenly everything becomes clear to you! Everything! The music bursts into a climatic scene of realization... All that you touch, all you see, all that you taste, and all you feel! Every single thing in your life starts to make sense! But just then, the moon came... And everything was eclipsed...

As the heartbeat fades out we hear, "There's no dark side of the moon really... Matter of fact it's all dark..." You leave the scene feeling very unnerved...

The Truth | 5/5 |

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