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MEDDLE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.30 | 2144 ratings

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memowakeman
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5 stars There are some albums that you really, really love...

This is the case of this fabulous piece of music which was fortunately created almost 40 years ago by one of those dinosaur bands that you may love, or even hate, called Pink Floyd.

A band that did not have the talent and psychedelic touch of Barrett, but a band that did not contemplate the limits and avoided the idea of being redundant an unoriginal and instead, decided in elaborate imaginative, creative, intelligent and vivid music to the pleasure of all the people who were (at the moment) looking for something unique and extraordinary, and for the pleasure or us, music lovers that really appreciate what great musicians composed four decades ago, music that I am sure inspires the deepest pleasures and people's feelings.

So there is this album entitled "Meddle", featuring 6 songs and a total time of 46 minutes, an album that once you start listening to it, you will not stop until the very end. Since I discover it several years ago, I keep it as one of my most appreciated CDs, a real treasure in my collection, and that has only one reason, its music.

An album with first an hypnotic even strange cover art, that comes from a psychedelic, progressive rock band, whatever you want to call them, and later with captivating music created by very talented musicians that used their imagination and creativity to brilliantly put together a mixture of sounds that secretly are growing into you while the album is being played.

The first sign of musical life will be found with a song called "One of These Days", instrumental, attractive and even visceral music, that sound of the bass is really provocative, enjoyable and lovable since the very first seconds, but that is not the only thing, actually what success the most is the elements the put together in order to "help" that bass sound and complement the song, the atmosphere created, the stops and even that raw vocal line in the middle of the track, will let you seated with your eyes closed enjoying a musical (but visual) trip. An amazing first track.

"A Pillow of Winds", after the storm comes the calm, it's how I would describe this beautiful track that is the first one featuring Gilmour vocals, great acoustic guitar and some gently slide guitar here and there, the atmosphere is really tranquil and in moments relaxing, so it is great how they suddenly changed from a provocative and strong opener, to a soft and calm second song, so enough are two tracks to appreciate their mixture of sounds and feelings.

The next song is named "Fearless" and it is one that I really loved since the very first time I listened to it; again, the use of a gently guitar sound that is progressing brings an inciting beginning so you will be trapped under its chords, in this song I can also close my eyes and let the music do the work, seconds later I see different things and imagine different scenarios that mainly have to do with some pleasure nature views, though the lyrics suggest different things, what I most appreciate in a song, is indeed, the music.

Now, I have to admit that there are a couple of "weak" tracks here both are the shortest ones and come next. The first one is "San Tropez" a kind of friendly song that in moment sounds comfortable but in others sound as a simple filler, it has some nice kind guitars and a sweet piano solo in the end, but after the first three songs, it is obvious that the strong part of the album is not here. The second track is "Seamus", a 2-minute piece that features a dog, besides all the musicians this animal is the main character here, this song is basically a blues, nothing especial, actually, it is an unnecessary track.

And finally?the mighty "Echoes", an impressive, outstanding, amazing, unique, spectacular, chaotic, trippy and in the end, beautiful song that can be described with thousands of adjectives and will leave a mark on you, one of those songs that you keep in your heart and in your mind forever, because it really transmits you something, it really does something on you, you are not the same person while you are listening to this magnificent 23-minute epic. It is a buffet of sounds, vast mix of emotions and thousands of sensations gathered in one long piece of music, a trip within a trip, it's like taking your bags and leave home in order to go to unknown places which you are about to explore, so you don't know what's coming next but you already feel ready for it. So the only thing you can do is continue your life and wait for the next episode, the thing is here, that each and every of the episodes will give you nothing but pleasure, this is something that not every song can provoke, at least with me.

So Echoes, plenty of musical intelligence put in one long song, all the instruments doing its work and fitting perfectly in every single second of the track, a song that may be divided in several parts because of that mixture of sounds and passages, I mean, there are parts that sound very different to others but in the end all really fit into one place. Despite its running time, I have never been bored by this song, ever! So that is also worth mentioning, just an extra addition to my praise for this song.

Now, don't really put attention to my rating, because to be honest I am not being as objective as I wish, because as I previously mentioned, there are a couple of weaker tracks here, and even one that I qualified as unnecessary, so for that, this album is not perfect; the thing is, what I feel when I listen to this album, all the things it provokes and does on me, that is priceless. And for that my final grade will be 5 stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 5/5 |

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