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MEDDLE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.30 | 2171 ratings

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Yanns
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4 stars OK, this is the second album review I need to rewrite.

This is a fantatsic Floyd album, showing the truly evolving yet still slightly immature (a.k.a., pre-Dark Side Floyd). As far as I'm concerned, it is the best album besides the main 4, Dark Side thru The Wall. It shows Floyd still searching for their sound, the sound that became legendary one they found it. I believe it was on this album that they hit on who they were.

It partrays a range of different genres for the band. From the crazy opener to the mellowness of some other tracks, as well as the blues and upbeat stuff, and of course, Echoes. Echoes is a five-star song, with no doubt. The first side hovers between a 3 and a 4. I believe 4 stars is good for this great album.

One of These Days: Fantastic opener. The second best song on the album for. The driving bass combined with Wright's tasteful keyboard additions set the stage for the song. It was one of those songs that's great on first listen, but still gets better as time goes on, and also works well when followed by the rest of the album, especially because of the slow-down in:

A Pillow of Winds: Nice acoustic song here. Fairly nostalgic and does a nice job of calming down the atmosphere of Meddle. Although it isn't anything like the song Wish You Were Here, it succeeds in its own simple purpose. Not too much can be said about it.

Fearless: Fantastic song. Gilmour's work here is my favorite on Side 1. Also, the verses/lyrics strike a note with me. They seem, dare I say it, positive. The reason this strikes me so is that... well, go listen to or watch The Wall. Nothing positive exists there.

San Tropez: Floyd still experimenting. A short little happy upbeat ditty thinger. That is actually how to describe it. It is so obviously un-Pink Floyd, but hey, the band was still searching for themselves in a way. They were transferring themselves from the entire psychedelia scene from their underground and early recording days. Evolving for a band is indeed tough.

Seamus: Floyd looking for themselves again, this one being even more off than San Tropez. It's a short little blues song with some of the most absurd lyrics I've ever heard. The most un-Floyd thing Floyd has ever done. Sharp, sharp contrast to:

Echoes: Floyd finds themselves. This is the band that would appear 2 years later. Echoes is a complete masterwork. The song is able, right from the opening keyboards, to whisk you into another world. You forget this land, this planet, this world. You are somewhere else, somewhere far far away, and nothing matters. Words cannot express this feeling. There are only a few songs/albums that do this for me, but Echoes, I must say, is at the top of that list, and for that, you must give it it's due.

Do not start your Floyd venture here. A better idea would be to start with 73 and on Floyd, then go back to their roots, in a way. If you are already a fan of the Floyd, this should already be in your collection, and if not, it should be very soon. It does constitute an excellent addition to your collection. 4/5 stars.

Yanns | 4/5 |

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