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OBSCURED BY CLOUDS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.37 | 1059 ratings

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4 stars Obscured by the Dark Side?

Whenever I think of underrated music, my mind inevitably wanders to OBSCURED BY CLOUDS by Pink Floyd. While it is not a studio album as such, rather a soundtrack to a French hippy art-house film called La Vallee, this should not put you off. While it is never going to be as polished as MEDDLE or DARK SIDE, it does have its own unique, laid back charm. The first thing that strikes you is the prominence of Rick Wright's keyboards, they waft you away into a daze, in much the same way as in ATOM HEART MOTHER. There are several brilliant tracks, including Wot's... Uh The Deal, a soft, dream like acoustic track that deserves to considered as one of David Gilmour's finest moments both on the acoustic guitar and vocally. Childhood's End is another great track, highlighting the retrospective moments in life, eventually dealing with many of the introspective issues Pink Floyd would later famously highlight in "the big four" albums.

The reason that this album deserves higher praise than one would first assume, is that feels like a combined effort. It is more lyrically cohesive and as musically polished as ATOM HEART MOTHER. While it is not a technical album by any means, there is no denying that it is wonderfully melodic in parts, containing many of the styles that made Pink Floyd famous. On the other hand, OBSCURED BY CLOUDS lacks a certain impact. There is no 23 minute epic to push the listener into the ground, it also just lacks that timeless polish or cynical realism that made other Floyd albums classic.

Think of OBSCURED BY CLOUDS then, not as a typical Floyd album. Think of it rather as a quiet moment of reflection before the explosion of the DARK SIDE. One must feel that OBSCURED BY CLOUDS has been unintentionally obscured by the success of their very next release. Therefore, I recommend this album to all, especially Floyd fans who have not heard it before, you should be pleasantly surprised. Just don't expect the same kind of conceptual and musical brilliance found in many of Pink Floyd's more famous works.

4/5

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