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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.59 | 2949 ratings

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Frankie Flowers
5 stars There's surely no doubt about the band's chemistry here and thier ability to make compelling, thought-provoking music. The album's concept is also relevant to the struggles people have in life throughout time.

I love the way that the tracks join together, beginning and ending with a heartbeat and reflecting voices. "Speak to Me" and "Breathe" lament the importance of living one's own life, "Breath in the air, don't be afraid to care". The moods frequently shift and the synthesiser-driven instrumental "On the Run" brings you to an airport, evoking the stress and anxiety of modern travel. Everything here is totally unique.

"Time" begins with "the chimes," as one friend of mine once said; you hear the sounds of bells ringing to emphasize the passage of time. This examines how time can control our lives and offers a stark warning to those who may let it slip by. "Breathe (Reprise)" is a retreat into solitude and withdrawal before the first side of the album ends with Wright's touching piano and vocalist Clare Torry's soulful metaphor for death in the symphonic "Great Gig in the Sky," This piece is possibly one of the most sublime few minutes ever recorded.

"Money", opens with some cash registers and loose change sound effects, and mocks greed and consumerism with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and one of the most influential lead- guitar riffs in rock history. Listen for the simply amazing "Us and Them" which decries the evils of war. At the time it could well have referred to the then current Vietnam War but this sad ballad can describe any conflict. "Brain Damage" is also quite a haunting piece which touches on the delicate theme of mental breakdown.

This record will never become dated in many respects because the listener will always be forced to recognise the common traits shared by humanity. Even if you don't believe the hype that came out of "Dark Side", one thing is for sure, you'll never hear another record like it again. This is one of the twentieth century's finest works of art. No other album can transcend time or even taste so effectively. This experience should not to be missed. 5 stars of course!

Frankie Flowers | 5/5 |

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