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MEDDLE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.30 | 2115 ratings

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Dark Nazgul
4 stars A good one, but with some not essential songs

Without doubt "Meddle" is an high-rated album only for one reason, and this reason has a name: Echoes. This epic is one of the finest moment of Floyd's career. Instead the previous album, there is no orchestra here, Pink Floyd are alone, but the solemnity of the song is the same of the previous epic "Atom Heart Mother", and with a great performance by the band, particulary by Gilmour and Wright. The silent intro by Wright, the beautiful vocal parts and the instrumental crescendo of the second half are really amazing. The only weak moment are the strange sounds effects in the middle of the song, this part is a little bit boring. However, a masterpiece of prog rock.

So, five stars? Well, unfortunately there is side one. One Of This Days is a good instrumental piece that starts slowly but has a great and dramatic crescendo, with a good bass riff by Waters and a great use of the slide by Gilmour.

And ... that's all.

The acoustic A Pillow Of Winds is inconsistent. It does not add anything to the album value. But even worse is San Tropez that is clearly a filler and is out of place here. The strange acoustic blues variation Seamus is also nothing special. However is a funny piece with a great interpretation by the dog on vocals!!!

Things go better with Fearless that is a catchy and relaxing song, with beautiful harmonies, and the FCLiverpool's fans anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone" in the end. Not legendary, but good.

So, this is not a five star album and my rating is 7/10. Sometimes very catchy, is more easy to assimilate than the previous "Atom Heart Mother", but also less innovative. However for proggers is essential, because ... Echoes is essential.

Four stars. Final rating 7/10.

Best song: Echoes

Dark Nazgul | 4/5 |

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