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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.59 | 3047 ratings

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Cygnus X-2
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3 stars Essentially the gateway album to progressive rock. The younger generation love to start their progressive journey with this album. Now, I like this album, I can listen to it, but that's it. There is filler in between the meatier tracks, filler like On the Run and Any Colour You Like (But I like it).

The album starts with heartbeats and the lunatic who's saying, "I've been mad for f***ing years." Then all of a sudden, the mellow sound of Breathe kicks in. With it's slide guitar and mellow keyboards, anybody can doze off during the somber sounds. As Breathe comes to an end, the next track "On the Run" begins. This track is unfitting for the album, I really dislike it. It doesn't add anything exciting and it doesn't sound too good, too. But after the 3:30 of nonsense comes one of the highlight tracks "Time". Opening with ticking clocks that all go off at once, the guitars then come in, and Nick Mason unveils some of his drumming skills. Soon the song kicks into full gear, and Gilmour unleashes one of his most memorable solos. As the song winds up, the Breathe Reprise comes into the speakers. After the 7:00 minutes in heaven, the Great Gig in the Sky comes. This Rick Wright driven piano tune is another highlight of the album. Female backing vocalist Clare Torre also gives an A+ performance giving one of the greatest vocal solos I've ever heard. The 2nd side opens with the most recognizable Floyd tune, Money. Now after hearing Money so many times, you get tired of it. It is one of the most overplayed songs I've ever heard. After Money, another Rick Wright driven tune plays, Us and Them. After Us and Them, comes the instrumental Any Colour You Like, which has many textures to it because of another stellar Wright performance. After this last instrumental, the two best tracks on the album come. Brain Damage and Eclipse sum up what is known as the greatest album of all time. With it's organs and it's stellar vocals, the entire theme of the album is summed up in 5 minutes of unforgettable music.

Overall, the album is very good. The production is great, the lyrics are great, the music is great, the musicianship is awesome. It is such a great album, marred up by mindless filler. 3.5/5.

Cygnus X-2 | 3/5 |

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