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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.15 | 1221 ratings

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3 stars This feels like a solid four.

The first half of the album is such a treat. 'Cirrus Minor' and 'Cymbaline' are almost equal in power, crafted with the Floyd's classic brand of ambient pop and ambient folk. I really dislike terms like "psychedelic rock" and "space rock". This kind of stuff just doesn't feel like it needs a trip on drugs or a vague connotation of cosmos. This is simply top-of-the-line dreamy folk.

'The Nile Song' and 'Ibiza Bar' are songs that sound alike in character ? both of them are imitative Hendrix-like rock songs with the same rhythm and the same riff. Surprisingly, I like the latter better than the former. I guess it's the key, the guitar tone, and the presence of melodies that made all the difference for me, even though 'The Nile Song' shows Roger Waters showing little interest in modulation.

I know that the Floyd had spent some time in '68 or '69 in France, and the influences of French pop start to show in the instrumentation and the melody of the sweet and melancholic 'Crying Song'. I am usually skeptical of the potential of French pop of 60's and 70's, but the Floydsters turned it around for me. Ditto for 'Up the Khyber', which would make a good staircase chase scene soundtrack; instead Barbet Schroder used it as just some instrumental track Stefan, the protagonist of the film "More", was listening to on a cassette. Also, if you can't get enough of that British folk with jazzy-poppy piano, here is 'Green is the Colour', featuring some flute (with an awesome timbre) and organ parts. If you say the Floyd were in the business of making psychedelia, I say they were in the business of making formative prog-rock.

The silly soundtrack stuff on the second half of the album just doesn't work for me, although most of it worked for George Starostin, so you can take that guy's word for it.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

1. 'Cirrus Minor' - *****

2. 'The Nile Song' - **

3. 'Crying Song' - ****

4. 'Up the Khyber' - ****

5. 'Green is the Colour' - ****

6. 'Cymbaline' - *****

7. 'Party Sequence' - ***

8. 'Main Theme' - **

9. 'Ibiza Bar' - ****

10. 'More Blues' - *

11. 'Quicksilver' - **

12. 'A Spanish Piece' - **

13. 'Dramatic Theme' - *

Stamp: "I like it."

Dayvenkirq | 3/5 |


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