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A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.07 | 1729 ratings

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Finnforest
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2 stars A Momentary Lapse of Judgement

Behind the poor decision to call Dave's solo career PF lies the complete vacuum of material of the level of what they were doing years prior. What you end up with is nothing more than clichés of Pink Floyd like you'd get if Clapton did Cream without Bruce, or Plant did Zeppelin without Page's vision, or Daltrey doing The Who without Townshend. I could go on all day about how ludicrous the idea of a Waters-less Floyd is, but I'll spare you.

"The Dogs of War" is a particularly awful track and throughout the album we have Dave doing his best 80s Clapton stylings with huffy vocals, recycled licks, and poor lyrics. The one bright spot here is "On the Turning Away" which for the first time elicits some authentic emotion from the vocal and gives a brief flash of Floydian majesty. The songs are pretty uninspired and even the boatload of guest stars cannot rescue this. I can't imagine how Tony Levin got himself roped into this project; I can only assume he and Dave must be close friends. "Sorrow" is without doubt the most uneventful Floyd epic to date and sounds like filler.

I have to try very hard to justify the second star here and do so only because of "On the Turning Away" and out of respect for Nick Mason. I admit a Roger bias completely as I feel he was the reason for the great 70s albums, however I am not unable to be objective. Were this a great album I would say so. It is far from a great album.

Finnforest | 2/5 |

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