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A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.07 | 1729 ratings

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Evolver
Special Collaborator
Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars 1987

We had all heard that Pink Floyd had broken up. Then we heard that they were back together. Without Roger Waters. How bad could that be? Waters was never an exceptional bass player or singer. However mediocre "The Wall" was (just wait to see my review, coming soon) and how just plain bad "The Final Cut" was, Waters' genius was in his production and songwriting.

This album, for all it's flaws, was a gift to us in those prog-starved eighties. At least there still was a Pink Floyd. It is missing that ominous feeling you get when listening to just about any other Floyd album. But if you compare it to David Gilmour's solo albums (which this almost qualifies as, since Gilmour wrote all the songs), it fares well.

The best songs to me are The Dogs Of War, with it's machine like rhythm (sure, it's not terribly original, but it comes closest to that old Floyd feeling), and Yet Another Movie. The biggest disappointment is Tony Levin's nondescript appearance. Like the Peter Gabriel albums he appears on, his playing is so low key, you hardly know it's him. Except for a couple of short, and not too flashy solos in One Slip (with Gilmour lowering himself to copying U2's The Edge's single guitar trick), it could be anyone.

Still, I like this better than the two previous Floyd albums.

Evolver | 3/5 |

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