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MEDDLE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.31 | 2056 ratings

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frenchie
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5 stars Meddle saw pink floyd excelling themselves musically and evolving their musical abilities and putting a more than perfect effort into this album. Meddle uses a similar concept to the previous "Atom Heart Mother" by having a side-long epic, although Echoes is not a suite. but Echoes is the last and best track so we shall save it till last.

The album kicks off with a funky, progressive instrumental called "One of These Days" which shows off their skills and abilities to play in unicen and is almost just a jam to kick off the album. This has every member playing at their best and clearly shows the grasp of starting quietly and building up to an explosion of music. It's also nice to see nick masons vocal debut with the classic line "one of these days i'm going to cut you into little pieces", even if it does seem a little out of place as this is quite a serious piece of music.

The trippy psychadelia is still present with the recording of liverpool fans singing "you'll never walk alone" at the end of fearless, which adds a great british feel to the album, and the questionable use of a howling dog in bluesy nonsense "seamus". These are brilliant pieces whether or not they are terribly progressive but they do show off the excellence of the band.

Of course none of this can compare to the epic "Echoes", which could well be the best pink floyd song ever, and is definetly one of the best prog rock pieces ever. Echoes has it all, churning sound effects of the sea, wind and a submarine siren echoing through the ripples of the water. The lyrics build up an adventure with albatrosses and submarines in the listeners head. This song will probably also be favourable amongst the crazy or stoned fans of the floyd. Each band member contributes 110% on this track. The best moment of the album has to be the epic build up to the glorious solo before the third verse. This keeps you captivated and wondering where the build up is leading to and once it explodes into the epic piece followed by the third verse, you know you are in prog rock heaven. If you have a collection of pink floyd albums and Meddle is not in it then there is something very wrong!

frenchie | 5/5 |

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