Pink Floyd
A Momentary Lapse of Reason


1.5
very poor

Review

by Thomas Bambaataa Ghidrah Towers USER (67 Reviews)
September 25th, 2005 | 245 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


1967, Pink Floyd released their psychedelic classic The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. 1977, Pink Floyd released their raw, political, progressive rock masterpiece Animals. 1987, Pink Floyd released... this. When Syd Barrett, original guitarist/singer/musical force, left the band due to mental problems in 1968, David Gilmour was brought in to continue Pink Floyd's uncertain future. But Gilmour didn't assume the role of lead songwriter/musical force. By 1973's Darkside of the Moon, bassist Roger Waters had taken over all lyrical duties, and by Animals, Pink Floyd was almost entirely shaped by Waters ambitions. This was the beginning of the band's implosion. While recording the Wall, Waters had completely taken over; firing keyboardist Rick Wright (he stayed for the Wall tour, but not as a band mate, and ironically the non-band mates on tour were the ones who actually made money) and not even listing drummer Nick Mason on the credits. After one more Floyd (well it was basically a Waters solo album) album with David and Nick, Roger left the band. He attempted to stop David and Nick from bringing back the Floyd, but failed. As a result, we get A Momentary Lapse of Reason.

'A pretty fair forgery' is what Roger Waters deemed this album. Imitation? This record is a full blown rip-off of previous Floyd works in sometimes. Starting with the intro instrumental Signs of Life, which shamelessly mimics Shine on You Crazy Diamond's intro. From the spacey synths, to the exactly same tone of the guitar bit, I come to realize that David Gilmour has sent Pink Floyd spiraling into devolution. With Roger Waters at least the band was achieving new sounds, but here Pink Floyd turned into the Rolling Stones. The Dogs of War is pretty much one of the worst things to ever grace these beautiful ears of mine :P through a Pink Floyd record. Even though David Gilmour was sick of Waters making Floyd a political, he goes ahead and makes an anti-war rant backed by a cheesy orchestra, attempting to make the song sound dramatic, but like a Michael Jackson music video, one is quick to find that it's a mask of tackiness to cover up the even tackier music. The most noticeable difference from previous Floyd works though, is that A Momentary Lapse of Reason's sound is defined almost entirely by the plague of horrible synth pop that surrounded it at the time.

Perhaps Gilmour was desperate to make this album popular, or he just really liked Duran Duran. Either way, this album is incredibly dated, the listener will be unable to escape the feeling that Pink Floyd is stuck in an era of leg warmers and Depeche Mode. The horrendous, typical 80s production of electronic drums, tastelessly overdubbed vocals, and sappy synthesizers has not helped A Momentary Lapse of Reason's aging. Terminal Frost is the other instrumental here, but instead of copying old Pink Floyd, it just takes form of a generic 80s tune. Even so, it's one of the better songs on this record. Learning to Fly, despite being radio feed, is another pretty good song, transmitting a mystical vibe while still crammed with extravagant backing music. The biggest problem of the song is David's monotonous singing, also heard on Sorrow. It gives the listener a glimpse of hope for this record before plummeting to The Dogs of War.

Another reason for A Momentary Lapse of Reason's poorness is the fact that this isn't even really Pink Floyd. Both Nick Mason and Richard Wright barely played on this album, Wright not even being an actual member yet for legal matters. But, unlike Roger Waters who took complete control (note: I'm not a Waters purist, The Final Cut was also pretty lousy), David Gilmour brought in an array of songwriters and session musicians (over 15 of them!) So is it even a David Gilmour solo album? Well it might as well have been. The name Pink Floyd could've easily just been slapped on to sell more copies. Considering that David Gilmour's 1984 solo album About Face bombed, and A Momentary Lapse of Reason reached #3 on both the US and UK charts, it could be true. Both are watered down and "radio friendly", but with Pink Floyd it becomes a radio friendly unit shifter.

But A Momentary Lapse of Reason isn't only a bunch of poppy songs, but just as bad, it has its fair share of filler. A New Machine parts 1 & 2 that enclose the jazzy instrumental Terminal Frost, are just roughly 2 minutes (combined) of David spewing out garbage lyrics with an over-produced voice, with no music. Yet Another Movie is a rather pointless song; it's okay for a while but goes nowhere for the most part. It transfers into Round and Round, who knows why they're separate songs, Round and Round is a just a short instrumental continuing roughly the same music as Yet Another Movie. Like a lot of this album, these two songs desperately need direction, instead of noodling around for a combined 7 minutes. The best song is definitely On the Turning Way. It's the only song on which Gilmour sings with such beauty heard on songs like Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here. The song is slow and acoustic driven but ends with an upbeat outro, featuring a great solo by Gilmour. The guitar solos are still top notch, but David's voice has gotten considerably worse on a lot songs.

In the end, Pink Floyd always worked better as a whole. Even on Animals, where Roger had written mostly everything, the band still played together excellently. A Momentary Lapse of Reason, like its predecessor The Final Cut, was shaped by a single member. But this is the only Pink Floyd album I would never recommend to anyone. I've tried and tried to give this album more listens, but the majority of the tracks are just awful. Pink Floyd improved a bit though with 1994's the Division Bell. All three members worked together, the production wasn't haunted by mainstream 80s pop, and overall just sounded more like a Pink Floyd album rather than a solo project. Other than On the Turning Way, every other track is bland, forgettable, dreadful, or a rip-off of previous stuff.

A Momentary Lapse of Reason--------> 1.5 stars



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Jawaharal
September 25th 2005


1832 Comments


It's sad how floyd ended up making crap like this.

oh ya great reviewThis Message Edited On 09.25.05

Killtacular
September 25th 2005


1314 Comments


Nice Nirvana reference. Nice review, too.

I've not heard anything from this album, and I've never really wanted to, either.

robo2448
September 25th 2005


132 Comments


It's not that bad. Some songs are pretty terrible, and On the Turning Away and Learning to Fly are great songs. I don't think the Dogs of War is that bad. Cheesy lyrically, but musically it's pretty good. If you compare it to other Floyd stuff, you'll be disappointed, but if you give it a chance, it's actually not that bad. I'd only suggest this for really big Floyd fans though. Good review.

pulseczar
September 25th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

ok who negged my review? this is site ranking thing is really stupid, everyone being childish. If you're gonna neg a review atleast tell me why

Jawaharal
September 25th 2005


1832 Comments


the mods can tell who negged and if its stupid they can remove it.

Zebra
Moderator
September 25th 2005


2647 Comments


Great review. I don't have this album but have heard some material off of it and it is awful.

JBass
September 25th 2005


14 Comments


learning to fly is an amazing song other then that tho this album is nothing special

pfandozzyrock
December 26th 2005


40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5



I dont care what anyone says there kidding thereseves if they cant see the talent in this album. I've been listening to floyd since Iwas pretty much concieved ....Iam can you say obsessed... I've heard eerything since they were sigma till the gilmour solo tours. This album is not crap, Its not gold but is really good material. Dogs of war and Learning to fly are excellent tracks and Iwould reconmend them to anyone. This review is good but Idont think you give enough credit. Everything from floyd is a masterpiece but its how you look at it.



Floyd forever- Id give it a solid 3



pulseczar
December 26th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Bleh I can't believe you rated this higher than DSOTM. Oh well, I'm not as big a Floyd fan as I used to be.

pfandozzyrock
December 26th 2005


40 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its all good , everyone has a differnt flavor

pulseczar
January 15th 2006


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The user rating for this album is shockingly high =(This Message Edited On 02.18.06

Psyclone
April 14th 2006


432 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

That was a great review. I really hated this album, and it was boring as watching paint dry (which I'd rather do).



Where did they get the 'A New Machine' tracks from? They're pointless! Pink Floyd should definately do something like 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' again. That was such a sick track.



Nice job again. Generous rating, however.



[quote=Galapogos]The user rating for this album is shockingly high =([/quote]

I couldn't agree with you more. This Message Edited On 04.14.06

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 27th 2006


3896 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know if it just my print of the album, but on the back of album booklet, where the tracklisting is, i've noticed that the song One Slip is actualy listed as "0NE SLIP", with a Zero for the "O" (Compare it to the "O" in Dogs of war above it). Coincidence?



Anyway, I really, really like On The Turing Away and Sorrow, but other than that this albums a real let down for me =/ Still, Ill listen to it once in a while. This album may deserve a 1 or 1.5 in comparison to their other works, but on its own, I think its somewhere between a below average and average album.This Message Edited On 05.27.06This Message Edited On 05.27.06

Psyclone
July 14th 2006


432 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I went to HMV the yesterday and I saw a Pink Floyd poster advertising their new DVD. On the poster it said "Must-Have Pink Floyd Classics" and under that caption was this album. Since when has this been a classic?This Message Edited On 07.14.06

Patrick
July 14th 2006


1891 Comments


how does a floyd album get a 1.5 and all sorts of rap albums get 3s?? I know you expect more from this band but....

Psyclone
July 15th 2006


432 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

It's because people like rap. Those people review rap albums, and if they're good, then they rate them in the 3's. Plus, this was a huge dissapointment for Pink Floyd.

Deifekt
January 8th 2007


42 Comments


My friend told me that VH1 rated this as the worst album ever made.... I say "F" that, and "F" them! I really enjoy listening to this album. To each their own.

Foodforthegods
April 3rd 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's not that bad. There's some cool song on it. 1,5 is bit low. I would say 3 at least.

deadwing
November 4th 2007


6 Comments


This is probably the worst floyd album, but it's not that awfull either. I give it a 3

Jim
November 5th 2007


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is underrated.

but not by much.



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