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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.63 | 4158 ratings

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4 stars This album was released a couple years after "Dark Side of the Moon.".

It was pretty cool the way you seem to be in outer space. It is like you are just floating alone in your own little world. Then David Gilmore strikes his axe with a killer choice of notes again and again, until the rest of the band can take it no longer. Nick Mason decides to come thundering in with his drumming and wow, what an effective opening to an epic song! If you play the guitar at all, you learn how to play his beginning lick. This song is a breakthrough in blues. Man, it just keeps getting better and better. Probably one of the best blues tunes I've ever heard. I even love the sax at the end. It is all killer!

Of course the boys are fixating on Syd Barrett. "Shine on" is like an epitaph to the former band founder. I may comment on why Syd left the band in the first place at some future point.

Anyway, "Shine on" flows into the next song which is "Welcome to the machine." It is a good song, but it seems to be a touch too long for the material they utilize. Of course now it is dated because of the moog synth. It still retains that spacy sound which helps.

"Have a cigar" is about the dark side of the record company and it is just right. Well done indeed. What I do like about Pink Floyd is how they connect their songs together so that it becomes one giant song. That is a plus in my book. Anyway, "Wish you were here" is another one of those songs you have got to learn if you play the guitar. Then lastly we come back to the beginning with the ever lovin' reprise. It is good, but for me it seemed to peter out and therefore it was less enjoyable than the first side. I didn't care for the synth stuff. I like the guitar much better.

All in all this is inferior, as far as the special effects goes, to "Dark Side," but overall it is a better album than its predecessor. I give this one 4 stars, due to the things I didn't care for.

Keetian | 4/5 |


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