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Pink Floyd - The Division Bell CD (album) cover


Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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Frankie Flowers
5 stars I rushed out to buy `The Division Bell' when it was released. Many years later, after giving it plenty of repeated listens, I tend to feel it is an album of unparallel power and emotional scope, from the first thirty seconds of the eerie, atmospheric `Cluster One' until the rich bell tolling at the end of `High Hopes' .

It is difficult to pick out favoutites but "What Do You Want From Me" is great and very catchy, featuring Gilmour's howling guitars. The backing vocals are very lofty and striking here too. "Poles Apart" is a stunningly etheral and somber song. I can't explain it, but it gets into my soul. I feel the same way with "A Great Day For Freedom" and "Rick Wright's "Wearing The Inside Out".

"Marooned" is a moody instrumental reeking of atmosphere whilst "Take It Back" is a earnest and anthemic song about man's relationship with the earth. The closing "High Hopes" is powerful and uplifting, about one's past, present and future. `Coming Back to Life' also never fails to move me despite playing it numerous times.

The Division Bell may not sound like the band's epic albums of the seventies but it should be at least a welcomed return for Pink Floyd as a true working unit and showing that their music can stand up on it's own and not just in the shadows of their past. For me, the band did more than just fill a void without Roger Waters. This music is amazing and provides deep, rich emotions every time. The guitar work is simply incredible, the lyrics are inspired and whilst it has quite a melancholy feel to it, it is also perfect for those autumn nights when you want to indulge that feeling within you.

This is one of those albums that I never tire of and whilst sometimes I find it almost too powerful to listen to and it affects my mood quite profoundly, it is also one that has a treasured place in my heart. Highly recommended indeed. 5 stars.

Frankie Flowers | 5/5 |


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