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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.60 | 4155 ratings

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2 stars Dark Side Of The Moon? No thanks, I prefer the side from where I can see my lovely little planet.

I'm struggling really hard to focus my review on those small particles of something I can attach my attention to: it's really difficult when you're surrounded with big black nothingness.

Is that too rude? Well, this record is offending me every time I hear it, hundreds of times I was slapped in the face with this look-we-are-artists attitude, while there's nothing interesting going on under the surface.

The sad thing is, these guys ARE artists, and they had great albums in their careers - before and after this one.

Clever guys, Waters & Co. This was a huge commercial success. But how on Earth it happened? It offers nothing. There are few things it offers actually, but no, thank you.

Listening carefully to Meddle, it's more then obvious this thing is borrowing a lot from its predecessor. Guitar is slightly more chorused. Then we have the most pathetic AOR songs and the sleaziest night club sax solo. Please give me Marvin Gaye instead anytime. Lot's of ambient sounds that will fit in the producers CV.

However dishonest it might be, this record is still a rock record. I can go that far and say this is mildly artsy fartsy rock...and that's the best I can say about it, and I tried really hard to appreciate it.

Why it exists? Bands were playing progressive rock at the time (Symphonic), or boogie, or glam, or space rock or AOR, or... This one fits nowhere. Perhaps it might fit into the same artsy/simplistic drawer where VELVET UNDERGROUND are, just with much better (or snobbish) production. This is really unique record, and that's because it's so horrible. On the other hand, I see listener either love or loathe this one, there's rarely gray area.

One things stands out though, and that's the reason why I'm giving an extra star to the record. It's called On The Run and it's perfect piece of electronic music, perhaps the best non-German piece of that genre from the 70's under the 4 minutes. I can go into deeper description of the piece because I'm disgusted by its surroundings, sorry.

I'm kindly asking all the folks ready to use you-just-don't-get-it phrase to dissolve into thin air instantly. Thank you.

clarke2001 | 2/5 |


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