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ANIMALS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.52 | 2470 ratings

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The Truth
5 stars A truly haunting record, almost perfectly reflecting Orwell's Animal Farm, and a true masterpiece.

A thread brought to mind this album, "Albums that you bought based on cover art." Dark Side of the Moon was my first Pink Floyd album and it quickly become my favorite album and then I needed more Floyd. Instead of focusing on ratings and reviews I looked at the cover art an thought, EUREKA. Silly I know, but it really is great artwork.

Anyways the album starts of with a lovely little folk song, Pigs On the Wing. Water's pulls off the vocals almost perfectly (a rare occasion for him actually, but I still love all his vocals) and this little melancholy love song is the perfect start to the album.

Dogs begins with an acoustic guitar riff (many Porcupine Tree fans would say, "Hey! They stole that from Time Flies!') which gradually becomes heavier and Gilmour sings the vocals. After two verses, a lovely guitar solo which is flowing with emotion. After quite a bit of instrumental work (with dogs barking in the background) and some more verses by Gilmour, Waters takes over the vocals, a reprise of the earlier guitar solo and the an absolutely epic and heavy ending. "Who was found dead on the phone?"

Pigs starts off the second half of the album and is a very catchy tune. After some almost hypnotizing verses there is a lovely little talkbox solo done by Gilmour that resembles a pig squealing. After the hypnotic melody begins again Waters voice becomes more spiteful and eventually Gilmour bursts into another powerful guitar solo.

Sheep starts off with Rick Wright's highlight of the album, a keyboard intro that is beautifully played, and then bursts into a heavy and upbeat rock song. Waters spits out the lyrics as Gilmour's powerful riff keeps playing. After awhile there is a instrumental interlude with a guitar solo and a mechanical voice reciting the Lord's prayer. This creates a very uneasy effect with Gilmour and Wright's haunting playing in the background. After one last verse by Waters another powerful guitar solo fades out to chirping birds.

To end the album, a all-too-necessary reprise of Pigs On the Wing. A very sad ending to an album but it leaves the listener satisfied.

The overall feeling this album gives me is pure amazement at how the band pulled off such a masterpiece after two previous masterpieces. It may even be better than Wish You Were Here. The last "group" Pink Floyd record. 5 beautiful gold stars.

The Truth | 5/5 |

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