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A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.07 | 1729 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars A reasonable effort

The album Roger waters described as a "pretty fair forgery". Having left the band, and given up the custody battle for the name, he was somewhat incensed to find his former colleagues (including Rick Wright whom he had previously sacked), come up with an album which still sounded like Pink Floyd. With Gilmour in control, he (Gilmour) had clearly made a conscious effort to be as faithful as possible to the Pink Floyd discography, or at least that part of it made since he had taken over from Syd Barrett.

The accusation of forgery is however somewhat misplaced. While the sound is unmistakably that of Pink Floyd, the tracks are entirely original, diverse and interesting, something which could not be said for the later PF albums while Waters was still on board. The pictures on the album cover, and the album title itself are probably the only places where Waters accusations may be justifiable, with more than a passing nod to "Wish you were here" in both.

"A momentary lapse of reason" is not perfect by any means, neither is it the band's best work. "Signs of life" leading into "Learning to fly" is a good opener, which catches the attention and sets the scene. "One slip", and "On the turning away" are also excellent tracks, but some of the others, such as "Sorrow" and "Yet another movie" appear to be little more than fillers.

There is however a lot that is good about the album. It was a vast improvement on its immediate predecessors, and of course it kept the Pink Floyd flag flying high.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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