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Pink Floyd - Relics CD (album) cover


Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.57 | 351 ratings

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4 stars Out of the 11 songs on this album, there are 4 songs that stood out to me and without them I do not think the album would be worth the price of admission -

1. Arnold Layne - the opening track, this strange song just has a mystery about it that frightens just a little bit but pleases the ear

2. Intersetallar Overdrive - The word "overdrive" describes this song well...actually, the first few minutes. This track lasts over 9 minutes, and at first it strikes you as a great hard rocker (similar to "One of these days" off of Meddle), but after a while the keyboards take over and 'the drugginess meter' rises to about the level of "White Rabbit". Towards the end, the noise goes from right speaker to left speaker to right to left to etc etc etc and it seriously makes you dizzy. Do not listen to the last minute or so on headphones while operating machinery.

3. THE NILE SONG - This song absolutely, positively, without a doubt, is one of the hardest rocking songs I have ever heard in my life. They say there's always one song that doesn't belong on the album - its this one. The whole album has a mood that basically screams "I'm depressed, lonely, feeling empty, so I'll just do drugs." and then this beast tears through your eardrums and knocks your pants off to a far away land, possibly Swaziland. This song alone is worth it. If you can do air guitar, you will drool over this tune. Gilmour is screaming at the top of his lungs, the solo is a combination of Slash plus Jimmy Page...I just cannot say enough about this song

4. Biding My Time - Here's the scene, you're sitting in a poorly lit fancy restaurant talking softly with your date and theres a little band in the corner, the first few minutes of "Biding My Time" is the type of song they play. It could be Tony Bennett just judging by the intro. After a few minutes of just background music, a little brass kicks in, and that gets your attention. At this point, its a pretty jazzy song, which is unusual for Floyd. Think along the lines of "San Tropez" off Meddle, but a little less layed back. Then, the part that makes this song complete - the guitar solo!!! It must last about 2 and a half minutes, completely not like anything you would hear in any restaurant. Once again, the champion air guitar would gawk over this solo, it is magnificent. Nothing super speedy or extremely fast, think along the lines of the Hotel California solo.

The rest of the tracks are good, I find songs like Julia Dream, Paintbox, Remember A Day, and Cirrus Minor to be good songs to listen to while in a sad mood. They have emotion, but what brings this album down a bit is that all of those songs have the same emotion. There are some days where I feel lonely, and there's nothing else that really suits the mood but those songs. They all seem very similar though, which is why they do not particularily jump out at me.


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