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A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.63 | 1172 ratings

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The T
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2 stars An improvement over its predecessor, but still far from the PINK FLOYD that was to come.

This album continues in the psychedelic vein of "A Piper At the Gates At Dawn" though it starts to mnove in a different direction. The minimal input from Syd Barret and the arrival, though not yet in full force, of David Gilmour, help to make this a more coherent work, with strong contributions from Rick Wright, in an era where the band was much more democratic that it came to be.

There is one outstanding track, in my view: "Set the controls for the Heart of the Sun" is at the same time psychedelic but progressive, very obscure and haunting, dark, this Roger Waters' creation is the highlight of the album. Very percussive and atmosphere-rich, it stands out over lesser tracks like the more down-to-earth opener "Let there be more light" or the irrelevant "See-Saw".

There are two tracks that need mention. One, the title track, a psychedelia's fan's dream, full of effects and lacking any proper "song" qualities, can be either viewed as an accomplishment or as a disaster. I stand somewhere in the middle. Two, "Jugband Blues", Barrett's only contribution to this album, and without a doubt its weakest piece. there's no question his departure only helped the band in the long run, even if we reached that conclusion on hindsight. But this track surely shows that he no longer had anything to give to PINK FLOYD.

I'd give this album 2.5 stars if available. As I can't, i'll round off this time, as i think other works like "Atom Heart Mother" deserve that third star much more clearly, and have to be differentiated from this uneven disc, even if we have to use a star-rating to do it.

The T | 2/5 |

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