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OBSCURED BY CLOUDS

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.37 | 1079 ratings

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Seyo
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4 stars Unjustly overlooked "soundtrack" album.

"Obscured by Clouds" shared the destiny of the previous Barbet Schroeder soundtrack - "More", and generally was not considered a "real" PINK FLOYD album. This was further stressed by its release between the two masterpieces, "Meddle" and "Dark Side of the Moon". In fact, when looking in retrospect, this is a very good album, albeit not what a usual PF fan would expect. Unlikely the "classic" FLOYD albums, this is rather a collection of songs, some of which are surely their strongest work, like notable Wright's vocal and songwriting contribution in "Burning Bridges" and "Stay", along with some excellent instrumentals - "Obscured by Clouds" and "When You're In" with powerful Gilmour's guitar solos creating an electrified psychedelic atmosphere. The only weak moment is Gilmour's mediocre attempt at straight hard rock "The Gold It's In The..." leaving no impression at all. Another Gilmour's hard rocker, "Childhood's End" is much better, while the odd and jolly rhytm of Waters' "Free Four" is contrasted by his melancholic lyrics - "the memories of a man in his old age/are the deeds of a man in his prime". Usually considered to be for FLOYD fans only, "Obscured by Clouds" is more than that - not so popular as their classic albums, but in any case it is a work filled with many excellent songwriting and strong and effective performance. The joy of a listener thus only gets bigger.

Seyo | 4/5 |

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