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WISH YOU WERE HERE

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.62 | 2798 ratings

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Cygnus X-2
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5 stars Easily my favorite Pink Floyd album. Every track on this album is solid gold, and there is no filler. There is phenomenal playing by every member on this album, especially David Gilmour and Richard Wright. The lyrics are also top notch, the album being a complaint against the record industry, as well as an ode to their lost member, the "Crazy Diamond' Syd Barrett.

The album opens quietly with synths for a minute or 2, the opener being Shine on You Crazy Diamond Part 1. Then David Gilmour and his immaculate guitar tone come in. Giving one of the most well-known guitar solos, as well as a hell of an effort, then suddenly a haunting riff comes into your headphones. The song quickly picks up, and Gilmour continues his incredibly tasteful and beautiful guitar solo. When the vocals come in, you are suddenly swept away into the lush landscapes of Pink Floyd. After 13 minutes, a beautiful guitar solo, and a beautiful saxophone solo from Dick Perry, Shine on You Crazy Diamond comes to an end. The next track, Welcome to the Machine, is a darker tune, with great acoustic guitars, and a great Rick Wright synthesizer solo. The next track is Have a Cigar, my absolute favorite Pink Floyd song. With a groovable tune, a great vocal line by Roy Harper, and an out of this world David Gilmour guitar solo, this is one of the more underrated songs in the entire Pink Floyd catalogue. The next song, Wish You Were Here, is another acoustic piece, with David Gilmour showing us again why he is considered one of the greatest guitarists in Progressive Rock. The finale to this album, Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part 2, is another epic tune in the same vein as Part One, although this one picks up faster. Great playing overall by everybody on this track.

Overall, this album is a crowning jewel in progressive rock. I give my highest recommendation.

Cygnus X-2 | 5/5 |

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