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WISH YOU WERE HERE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.62 | 2918 ratings

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arcane-beautiful
4 stars What do you do when you've made the best album of all time? Attempt to do it again obviously.

This album does have a lot of characteristics of what Dark Side Of The Moon had, but without all the success and not as much passion & power.

This album was a great album, and easily could get 5 stars, but one song let the whole album down I believe (I will move on to that later).

This album could be stereotyped as a Dark Side rip off, but to be honest there are a lot of unique points about the album which set it aside from Dark Side (mainly the first and last songs).

1. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 1 - An absolute astounding piece of music. The build up with synths & guitars. The instrumental parts are amazing and incredibly memorable. The lyrics are very beautiful and are about Syd (before and after the mentalness). Amazing vocals from Dave & Roger. The choir parts are amazing as well.

2. Welcome To The Machine - This song is one of the worst things this band have ever done. What is the point of it?it's just boring, pathetic and very forced. Dave sounded very unhappy to be singing this song. The lyrics are poor and quite childish (but maybe that's the way they're supposed to be?) This song could have easily not made it on the album.

3. Have A Cigar - Basically the Money of the album. This riff was also stolen by Dream Theater for their song Peruvian Skies. I love Roy Harper's vocals in this song, they're very obtuse and right for the subject matter, hubris obviously.

4. Wish You Were Here - An amazing beautiful ballad. The lyrics are amazing (except for the line about a war and a cage. That is still a little ambiguous. I love the talk box solo as well.

5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 2 - An amazing start, flowing both from the end of Part 1 and Wish You Were Here. The saxophone work is amazing, and I love the discordant climax at the end of the guitar solo, with the synth's discord like harmony. The end is a very jazz like jam, with some great musicianship. I thought the Echoes version of the whole thing was a lot better than the album version and the Pulse live version as well. All in all, an amazing piece of music.

CONCLUSION: This would have been a classic album, if it weren't for that one weak song.

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |

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