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WISH YOU WERE HERE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.62 | 2715 ratings

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Starhammer
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5 stars Floyd's finest...

'It's sad that these people think he's such a wonderful subject, that he's a living legend when, in fact, there is this poor sad man who can't deal with life or himself. He's got uncontrollable things in him that he can't deal with and people think it's a marvellous, wonderful, romantic thing. It's just a sad, sad thing, a very nice and talented person who's just disintegrated.'

- David Gilmour on founding member, Syd Barrett.

The Good: The main event here is of course the 26 minute epic which bookends the album. Musically, it's stunning with sweet guitar tones, pounding basslines and sweeping synthesiser all carving through the airwaves in an effortless fashion. The lyrical themes focus on the mental decline of their ex-bandmate and whilst it is clearly melancholic, I also find it strangely uplifting. The danger with having such a strong opening and closing track is that it might eclipse the rest of the album, but that is certainly not the case here. The brooding, Welcome to the Machine, the sarcastic Have a Cigar, and the evocative Wish You Were Here are all individually outstanding.

The Bad: Nothing of any significance.

The Verdict: One of the most consistently excellent albums I have ever heard.

Starhammer | 5/5 |

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