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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.62 | 3773 ratings

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4 stars "Wish you were here" is probably the most progressive of the Pink Floyd albums. Compared to the previous "Dark side of the moon", a tremendous change occurred: the keyboards are very floating, atmospheric and more modern here, although there are still organ textures. The guitar sounds are much more elaborated, sometimes having beautiful & fresh echo, like on "Shine on your crazy diamond part 1". The guitar solos sound is generally better crafted, more numerous, even sometimes sounding a bit bluesy. Dick Parry's sax is at its best: just enjoy his endless solo on "Shine on your crazy diamond part 1", terminating with a subtle fading echo effect: DELIGHTFUL! The overall rhythm is VERY slow, thus allowing the listener to fully enjoy each note played. Roger Waters is partly the lead singer. There are less special sounds here: mostly on "Welcome to the machine", AMAZINGLY sounding like the Tangerine Dream's "Force Majeure" album: at the end, you embark in a transporter and you are deported into a crowdy animated room!

On the other side, there are unfortunately 2 less good tracks: "Have a cigar" and "Wish you were here": "Have a cigar", not bad at all, is more rhythmic, less atmospheric, and it more sounds like the rhythmic mood on the "Animals" album. The very popular "Wish you were here" track, full of acoustic guitars, not progressive at all, makes a real contrast here with the other tracks: it is so popular that many people use to play it with an acoustic guitar during summer nights, in front of a fireplace. The last track, "Shine on your crazy diamond part 2", is something like a pleasant variation of the part 1. There are very serious, slow, loud, melodic and floating keyboards, punchy clavinet parts and strident guitar solos: the keyboards of the last part remind me the Tangerine Dream's Tangram album. Minus 0.5 star for the 2 more ordinary tracks mentioned above.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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