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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.89 | 2125 ratings

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3 stars Shine On Your Crazy Diamond?, Echoes?, Atom Heart Mother?; the three have the same level of raw score and technical ability ,but one factor allowed me to rate the latter higher.

And the factor is: Geesin. Pink Floyd was able to write some complex melodies (at times), but only with cosmetic brass arrangements and deliciously funny chants, their music deserves to be "over-the-top", and they get away with it. It dragged for Roger Waters when they found and stayed with the formulaic style they developed later around 1973; but for me, this version of "The Pink Floyd Sound" (as it was called with Syd's lead) was the most daring and irreverent (as opposed to the more conservative style of the mid-70's), very similar to what Deep Purple was doing a year before. Despite that, the band's trademark sound was already present: Gilmour's calculated licks, accompanied by Mason's thumping drums, Wright's basic keyboard and Waters' complementing bass lines.

Of course it's not a masterpiece; it certainly has flaws; the turn-off factor is the cheesy keyboard randomness in "Mind Your Throats Please". Then again, many things about this album is random, starting with the cover photo. Suddenly they thought about doing a suite about how cows serve for clothing and milking. The rest of the album is highly uninteresting, or pleasant and pastoral at best, with Summer '68 being the most addictive ditty, while "If" and "Fat Old Sun" are very conservative and repetitive. "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" is just a collage of sounds from daily morning chores, and nothing really excuses it from being a filler.

2.5 stars rounded to 3.... proof that sometimes daring is good.

Chus | 3/5 |


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