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A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.63 | 1174 ratings

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Anthony H.
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4 stars Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets [1968]

Rating: 7/10

Pink Floyd's second album shows the band continuing down the path of psychedelia. However, A Saucerful of Secrets is much more developed both compositionally and atmospherically when compared to the debut. Like most of the band's early albums, this album contains whimsical songs, space explorations, and lengthy avant-garde segments; all of these styles are done exceptionally well. In addition to the musical quality, A Saucerful of Secrets is notable for being the first Floyd album to feature David Gilmour, as well as the last with Syd Barrett, whose increasingly unstable behavior proved untenable within the band.

Things begin with "Let There Be More Light." Mellotron opens the song, transitioning into a slow riff with vocal accompaniment that continues for the rest of the song. Gilmour shows his chops during the solo at the end. Wright sings lead on "Remember a Day", a Beatlesesuqe 60s rock song; the bass and drums are quite present in addition to the keys. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" is one of my favorites. Ominous bass, vibes, and keys create a haunting atmosphere, and Waters's vocals are excellent. "Corporal Clegg" is by far the most whimsical track here, and is probably my favorite song the band did in this style. Conversational vocals and kazoo add to the fun. The title track is an eleven-minute avant-garde sound exploration, featuring Mellotron, dissonant piano, tribal-sounding drums, and various other sounds that defy description. "See-Saw", another Wright-penned tune, is a quiet psychedelic rock song with vibes augmenting the spacey keyboards. "Jugband Blues" is Barrett's only song on the album. It's a short acoustic song with a bizarre interlude of circus noises.

A Saucerful of Secrets contains some of the best moments from Floyd's psychedelic period. The first side is particularly strong. However, it is still apparent that the band's sound is in the process of maturing. Regardless, this is an excellent album in pretty much every other way and is probably the best from Floyd's 60s output. This is truly an awesome space voyage.

Anthony H. | 4/5 |

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