Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


4.0
excellent

Review

by lz41 USER (32 Reviews)
November 14th, 2011 | 42 replies | 3,060 views


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shine on.

When I first heard Wish You Were Here, I didn’t know who it was by. However, from the very first breath of Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-IV-the soft hum of the organ with the gentle cry of the guitar- you know this is a Pink Floyd album.

Indeed, SOYCD PARTS I-IV (take every second letter and it spells SYD-clever, hey?) is music as an out of body experience. As it slowly builds with that beautiful, mystical sound that reminds you of light bleeding through mist, you hardly notice the mammoth running time. The sound alters every two or three minutes, representing Syd Barrett’s different emotions.
When the nostalgic, warm lyrics come in (“Remember when you were young? You shone like the sun”) at the eight minute mark, we love every word of it. There is such unforgettable poetry packed into the lines that the final two parts are largely irrelevant. They contain a gracefully creaky saxophone and a happier sounding closer as the music fades into the cold, concrete sound of WELCOME TO THE MACHINE.

Pink Floyd were always apprehensive about following up Dark Side Of The Moon, 1973’s monster of a masterpiece. And Wish You Were Here is quite different, yet unmistakably a Pink Floyd album. WELCOME TO THE MACHINE shows the contrast: whereas the echo to Roger Water’s soft velvet, echoed vocals on DSOTM gave the words a powerful resonance, WELCOME TO THE MACHINE is the exact opposite: Waters sounds strained and trapped, yet he doesn’t sound powerful. The album is half dedicated to Barrett, and half an attack on the music industry. WELCOME TO THE MACHINE is sung from the perspective of the faceless people who manipulate young musicians with dreams of grandeur. At 7:23 and containing long solos of mechanical sounds and synthesizers, it pushes the limits of patience. WELCOME TO THE MACHINE is again a creepy experience, but the most modest song off the album.

HAVE A CIGAR is brilliantly satirical. A dig at the lying, greedy managers in the music industry (a similar theme to MONEY) with every cliché the band has ever heard (You’re gonna go far/ You’re gonna fly high/I’ve always had the deepest respect/The band is just fantastic/Did we tell you the name of the game, boy? We call it riding the gravy train/You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people). Memorable for the hilarious line “Oh by the way...which one’s Pink?”, which was actually once said to them by an interviewer. HAVE A CIGAR is sung by Roy Harper, who had previously worked with Led Zeppelin, as Water’s voice was shot by this point.

WISH YOU WERE HERE. The title track and the best off the album, maybe Pink Floyd’s best of all time. The duet acoustic steel string opening is truly great, and every single line is irresistible. Demonstrating life as a war zone, WISH YOU WERE HERE is absolutely stunning in its music, and the wonderful final verse “How I wish, how I wish you were here/We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year/Running over the same old ground, but have we found the same old fears? Wish you were here....”

SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND PARTS V-IX, while not as wonderful as I-IV, deals with the darker emotions of Barrett’s hallucinogenic insanity. The saucy funk of Part V is about his possessive lust, the wailing guitar of Part VI is about his demonic, scary frenzies, and the lyrics on Part VII are not as positive. There is a definite feel that Barrett has slipped into the abyss of his fractured mind by this point. Parts VIII and IX are a return to Parts I-III, and the album closes with the spacey, timeless sound that Pink Floyd made their own.

Considering that it was after Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here is a commendable effort. Not as good as The Wall, but definitely an excellent album with more hope than any of their other renowned classics. A definitely should have for any fan of rock.



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RosaParks
November 14th 2011


14900 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

wrong rating homo

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2011


50341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4?
What are you crazy?

Digging: The Brave Little Abacus - Masked Dancers

RosaParks
November 14th 2011


14900 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

and stop capitalizing all song names. Makes my eyes hurt

FrankRedHot
November 14th 2011


6448 Comments


Was this written by a 3rd grader?

ShadowRemains
November 14th 2011


20694 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a tbt on his 11th review

....

Digging: Banks - Goddess

RosaParks
November 14th 2011


14900 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

reviewing is HARD

lz41
November 14th 2011


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What's a tbt?

Killerhit
November 14th 2011


5250 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Like writing words is...

HARD.

FrankRedHot
November 14th 2011


6448 Comments


Herp derp durr murr

MO
November 14th 2011


18630 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol

Killerhit
November 14th 2011


5250 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

*grabs the computer and throws it out the window*

I liked this review.

Awesomesauce
November 14th 2011


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I didn't read past the point where you spelled Roger Waters' name incorrectly.

FrankRedHot
November 14th 2011


6448 Comments


lol, Roger Walters.

lz41
November 15th 2011


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oops. Sorry to Roger.

toxin.
November 15th 2011


12406 Comments


"What's a tbt?"
track-by-track
people don't like them here

Aside from the annoyingly capitalized song titles this really wasn't bad from the sections I looked at... pos'd.

lz41
November 15th 2011


49 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thankyou xtoxin I was really getting worried


Drsmith4
November 15th 2011


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

2nd best album ever fucking put to tape

iFghtffyrdmns
November 15th 2011


7047 Comments


amazing review

scissorlocked
November 15th 2011


3509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

albums greatness instantly pos'es the review

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2011


23816 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"2nd best album ever fucking put to tape"

this

"amazing review"

and this



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