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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Any Colour You Like
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5 stars If George Orwell wrote music...

In 1975, Pink Floyd had become one of the largest bands in the world, let alone in the sphere of Progressive Rock. They had achieved mega success, sold millions of albums, and garnered huge support from many in the rock fraternity. But it is 1977's Animals that for me stands out as their magnum opus, the zenith - the most important musical work they ever created.

Animals is a dark album, based around an Orwellian dystopia where humans are likened to three different animals. The predatory dogs, the laconic pigs and the blind sheep. Metaphors aside, the album is not complex, but rather cleverly crafted around these sociological themes, mixed in with some of the most brilliant musical work Pink Floyd ever made. The lucid combination of Water's lyrics, total vision and Gilmour's scythe-like guitar work, transforms Animals into a grand and sweeping adventure, more ambitious and creative than any music the band had created before.

The highlight of the album is undoubtedly the 17 minute behemoth, Dogs. Built around the lyrical development of violence and aggression, the song is complemented by brilliant guitar work and a long ambient break. Both Gilmour and Waters sing to great effect here. The folkier acoustic moments first heard in the book-ending Pigs on the Wing, adds a gentle and pastoral feel to the album. Pigs (Three Different Ones) is a similar affair, perhaps more of a 'rock' song, complete with a typical Gilmour solo. Sheep is perhaps my favourite song on the album, and features some nice piano moments, a cynical Waters psalm and an amazing, and much emulated closing riff, courtesy of Gilmour. My only real problem with the album is the increasing alienation of Wright from the creative procedure. Although he still contributes to the album, his lucid keyboard and synth work does not feature prominently, and thus, is the first sign of the internal implosion which was to come only a few years later.

The beauty of Animals is that it manages to mix clever and honest themed lyrics with beautiful musicianship, in essence creating one of the most completely absorbing albums ever. While I would not consider the album 'positive' by any means, it does however give moments of pastoral reflection to balance out the typical Floydian tone. Recommended without hesitation to all prog fans, and indeed those looking for an intelligent and though provoking listen.


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