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Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon CD (album) cover


Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.60 | 3961 ratings

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5 stars So, here we stand with this album, this masterpiece, called Dark Side of the Moon (often shortened to DSOTM). So much has been said about this album, and still, with this album there isn't a limit that can't be crossed. This album is a milestone in the evolution of Prog Rock as well as the music world. The review will have to main parts: the first will be about the history of the album and the second will be the review itself.

The origin for the album lies in the year 1970, with the soundtrack for the film "Zabriskie Point." One song they offered the director was the basis for "Us and Them". In 1971 they crated another part of the album, for their album Meddle; the original name for this piece was "Dark Side of the Moon". This piece was lay down because it wasn't good enough and it didn't fit well.

In 1972 while thinking about an idea for their next album, someone (they don't reveal but it's accepted to be Water's idea) suggested about making an album about the pressures of modern man and the rest is history. This album combines some of the sounds and styles that will later be shown in all of their big albums. The pressures that are being sung about are: Money, work, religion, Time, death, travels and insanity, behavior codes and more.

"Speak to Me" starts with the famous heartbeats. This track is instrumental, but like the rest of the album, consist some quotes of members of the studio as well as some people who were there by accident. This track also consist some of the sound effects that will later be shown. The track ends with a scream which segues to the next track.

"Breath" is the following track, which is very melodic and starts with a guitar solo. The topic of this track is mainly about Work and the behaving codes, both in public and inside the person, with his feelings. Also covered, is the race to achieve as much as can be achieved in life.

"On the Run" is another instrumental track. The topic here is travels. This track is one of the tracks that were the basic of the electronic music in the 80s.

The next track, which begins with the clocks ringing and ticking, is "Time". This track's topics are the flowing of time that is like moving more quickly as you grow, as well as again the race to do as much as you can in the time you have, which is never enough. The track then moves to the reprise of "Breath", which is another verse for the track. The topic of this reprise is the home and the comfort that is searched by the older people.

"The Great Gig in the Sky" is another instrumental track. The topic here is death and the fear from it. The great gig is remembered mainly due to the singing of Clare Torry.

"Money" is the main hit of this album, and in my belief, there is no need to introduce this track.

Then comes "Us and Them", which in my belief is the best track in this entire album. This track is about war, racism and religious. The track was created for "Zabriskie Point", but was lay down because it was too "churchy".

The next too track are any color you like and brain damage, both about insanity. The last one is eclipse, which concludes the entire album. Eclipse is concluded with the same heartbeats as in the start of the album.

For conclusion, this is a masterpiece which must be held by any music lover. This is a piece of history; this is the main example that good Prog music can be successful. But most importantly, this is a great album that is hardly unlovable.

yosimoshe | 5/5 |


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