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MORE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.15 | 924 ratings

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Anthony H.
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3 stars Pink Floyd: More [1969]

Rating: 5/10

More is probably the most out-of-place album within Floyd's early catalog. This album is a soundtrack. Thus, the material is eclectic, touching upon various styles and moods in order to fit into different sections of a film. Soft rock, hard rock, ambient, 60s rock, Spanish flamenco, and blues are all touched upon; the psychedelic space voyages of Floyd's previous albums are largely absent here. More reminds me why I don't like soundtrack albums very much. Oftentimes, songs composed for a film don't translate well into album format, and such is the case here. Good musical ideas are turned into songs that end up not going anywhere, creating a disjointed whole.

"Cirrus Minor" begins with bird noises that lead into quiet vocals, acoustic guitar, and ambient soundscapes. "The Nile Song" is a straight-up hard rock song, and is completely uncharacteristic of Floyd. Gilmour's vocals and guitar are much more energetic and much less subdued than they normally are. "The Crying Song" is a soft acoustic ballad with vaguely disconcerting vocals. "Up the Khyber" features quick percussion with free-jazzy piano and dizzy keyboards. "Green is the Colour" is the first completely interesting song on the album. It's another acoustic ballad, with whistle and excellent piano. Gilmour's vocals sound absolutely wonderful here. "Cymbaline" foreshadows later Floyd, and is probably the best song here. It's a piano-centered 60s rock song; Gilmour's vocals shine yet again, and the whole track has a great atmosphere. "Party Sequence" is short piece consisting of a bongo rhythm and exotic-sounding whistle. This is the type of song that brings down soundtrack albums: although not bad at all, it is short, undeveloped, and goes nowhere. "Main Theme" features a hypnotizing drum beat and keyboards, but sounds rather flat otherwise. "Ibiza Bar" returns to the hard rock stylings of "The Nile Song"; again, there's nothing terribly interesting here. "More Blues" improves things a bit. As the title suggests, the song is a short blues rock guitar solo. It sounds quite nice; however, I wish it was more developed (as is the case with most of the album). "Quicksilver" is a seven-minute ambient/musique-concrete piece that fails to hold my interest. "A Spanish Piece" is just that. It's a cool track, although I wish this flamenco flourish wasn't so short. The album ends with "Dramatic Theme." Catchy bass work and slide guitar dominate this track.

Nothing on this album is bad; on the contrary, there are many excellent musical ideas being presented here. My main problem with More is that none of the songs are fully developed. Compositions seem to cut off and end without going anywhere. It oftentimes feels like you're listening to a sample of the music rather than the album itself. There is some very good material here, particularly songs such as "Green is the Colour" and "Cymbaline", but the final product sounds like a mishmash. Although it's certainly not a bad album, More is definitely the least essential work from Floyd's 60s era.

Anthony H. | 3/5 |

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