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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.62 | 3773 ratings

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3 stars There was a time in my early adulthood when a social gathering of any size would include Pink Floyd by rote. It was always Dark Side of the Moon, or . By my recollection the former was outplayed by the latter by about 2 to 1, and will forever live in the "will not go out of my way to listen to" department. While not a favorite, Wish You Were Here managed to not suffer the same overplay fate.

The album's staying power is in large part due to the campfire anthem title track. Everyone knows the words and its super easy to play on guitar. And we all have that smoker friend who will even simulate the cigarette light-up sequence during the intro. Ultimately, it isn't so much a listening tune as much as a playing tune. The acoustic earthiness of that song is contrasted by the borderline funk rock Have a Cigar, which is a music industry/business op-ed that would be otherwise forgettable if not for the aforementioned repetition of play this album received. The most enjoyable portions of the album are the bookend psychedelic-ambiance laced renditions of Shine on You Crazy Diamond, and Welcome to the Machine which is a fade in from the first half of Shine on You Crazy Diamond. The big selling point of these pieces is they are among a very small list of "passive listening" pieces that I can sleep to. Not interesting enough that I have to pay attention, but not an unpleasant noise that draws negative attention. The droning keyboard intro with soft-toned guitar solo is a nice fade to sleep.

While Pink Floyd has been relegated to 3rd or 4th tier in my listening choices, only Meddle is more likely to be played now than . It is still rare however, and has thus not held any standard of greatness. Good music, just not essential.

Tapfret | 3/5 |


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