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MORE (OST)

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.15 | 1331 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars More or less???

With the commercial pop side now eluding Floyd's attempts, French cineaste Shroeder's proposition to create the soundtrack for his first film must've fallen from the skies, a bit as Zeus' gift. This project is instrumental in Floyd's middle career, definitely turning its back from the pop single market. Some progheads have problems considering this album a real Floyd album (some even pointing the group did as well), mostly due to the OSF letters printed on the intriguing psychedelic artwork. But there are a lot of real gems on More, some are even classic Floyd songs. If some people are put off by this, the shorter song format and the word Soundtrack are the culprits. Do indulge as this is a real Floyd album, because it is quite instrumental and experimental and very representative of Floyd's then-actual soundscapes.

Most of the songwriting is handled by Waters (especially on the first side) and Wright and Gilmour only handle one "song" each, and if the flipside is more collegially credited to the whole band, there is little doubt that Roger was the main architect. However Gilmour is the sole singer on all tracks. Two of their heaviest Floyd songs ever, Nile Song and its alter-ego on the flipside Ibiza Bar, can even be considered as proto-heavy-metal. There are some delicious quiet and smooth gliding tracks like the introductory Cirrus Minor and the Main Theme; like there are other musical passages to illustrate story scenes and sequences (I'm thinking of The Party Sequence or Up The Khyber). Few of these tracks will find a spot in their live sets, apart from the superb Cymbaline (generally extended) and to a lesser extent Green Is The Colour (who will be fused with Eugene's Axe), but it is a bit of a shame, because most have the typical Floyd stamp in them, beit Mason's tape and noises or Wright's splendid dreamy Farsifa organ layers.

Actually it is a bit of a wonder how the film does not take a better advantage of those Floyd tracks, as they are mixed in way too low in the movie. The movie's plot is about the downfall of a German student falling for an American woman in Paris and a sordid plunge into the world of hard drugs in Ibiza, some soft-nudity scenes (but quite risqué at the time) and a sordid ending - as accurate a statement the movie is, it does not fit the beautiful music of the soundtrack. Most tracks are unfortunately cut before their end or interrupted by dialogue. Better stick to the album as the movie does not bring much new elements for enjoyment, even if it definitely worth a screening or two. Three stars for the movie and four stars for the "soundtrack", More or less.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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