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MEDDLE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.30 | 2108 ratings

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Isa
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3 stars |C+| A very pleasant album, but nothing more.

Meddle is probably one of the better albums by Pink Floyd, or at least of their discography preceding Dark Side of the Moon. I enjoy this album from time to time, but from the first time I heard it all the way until this review I never really saw the light in terms of why it is considered by many as one of the quintessential album by the band. It's a nice collection of quite experimental and delightful tracks, especially the wonderful though somewhat drawn out epic, which almost pushes this album to a four. Unfortunately, there are a few tracks I really dislike on the album as well, which really stain my opinion of the album overall, however much I like its better moments. Pink Floyd shows us what they've always been quite good at in this album, atmosphere, only a bit more well structured, a progress which would cause the band to later explode with great material by Dark Side of the Moon all the way to The Wall.

The first track One of These Days is pretty cool, a little insignificant, not really anything special to mention. Wind sounds start of the track, in comes some cool bass work and that classic Pink Floyd psychedelic keyboard work, though this really lasts a bit too long, but the distortion guitar certainly helps keep it a bit interesting, as well as the sound effects that enter in the background. It's a bit too repetitive of a track overall though. A Pillow of Winds is a pleasant track, soft and dreamy, good acoustic guitar and soothing vocals, though again nothing really too special about it. Fearless is a classic Pink Floyd track, no doubt about it, it's much like the rest of the album with the acoustic and blues influences, though this track stands out for its various mood changes and sweet, catchy nature, and awesome ending! I wish I could say the same good things about the following two tracks, San Tropez and Seamus, but these are really what bog the album down in my opinion. Just a couple ditty bluesy tracks that don't interest me in the slightest. They just have little essence to them, maybe something easy to listen to every now and then when you're bored at home or something. Hearing Seamus makes me think of myself listening to the song on vinyl when I have a headache and I need something to calm my nerves. Than again I might think those things just because I've never been a real fan of blues music overall. Echoes really makes up for the slump, and perhaps then some, and is a great precursor to the epic material they would produce later on. My only complaints is that it takes so long for the band to really make their musical statements, but than again the whole point of a song such as this is to take time and consideration to make its point. A very slow but very blissful track. "And I am you and what I see is me." What a great line!

Overall it's hard for me to even conceive anyone rating this a masterpiece rating, especially with those two pretty meaningless tracks before the epic, but people have their opinions and I respectfully disagree with them. This is an album worth getting, though, there is some incredible material here, and any fan of Pink Floyd and more psychedelic music overall 'ought to check this album out, even if it's just to hear the wonderful epic. Personally, I could do without this record, but it is nice to hear every so often.

Isa | 3/5 |

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