Pink Floyd
Animals


4.5
superb

Review

by mark sammut USER (37 Reviews)
April 10th, 2012 | 19 replies | 2,044 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A social critique.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Pink Floyd can never be criticized for not having anything worth saying. Following the commercial perfection of Dark Side of the Moon and the emotionally exhausting Wish You Were Here, Waters and co. returned to the studio to write a follow up. Animals was released on January 1977 and it acts as a critique of capitalism and sociopolitical conditions of the time in Britain.

During the mid-70s, when Pink Floyd has just about conquered the musical world, a punk rock movement was starting to gain steam in Britain. As expected, Pink Floyd were a constant target from these musicians, hell Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols) used to wear a Pink Floyd shirt to the stage with the words ‘I Hate’ scribbled on. Animals was somewhat motivated by this music movement, as the band went back to their underground roots and focused on the dangers of the capitalism.

As most of Pink Floyd’s best albums, Animals was built upon a Waters concept. Partly inspired by the George Orwell novel, Animal Farm, the album is separated into three main musical pieces; ‘Dogs’, ‘Pigs’ and ‘Sheep’. The novel dealt with Stalin-ism, but the album deals with capitalism as it reduces the human condition to mere animal-ism.

‘Dogs’ is one of Pink Floyd’s best. Clocking in at just over 17 minutes, Gilmour and Waters share the vocals for this monster. The lyrics are about the militant dogs that believe they are better than everyone else, even though they do nothing but follow the orders of their superiors. It focuses on the loss of individuality of these warriors and how they are willing to get to know everyone except their own family. Gilmour shines through out this number giving one of his best vocal performances of his career. The track is progressive by nature, with long instrumental interludes and a number of musical breakdowns.

‘Pigs’ is divided into three parts; ‘Pigs on the Wing (Part 1)’ and ‘Pigs on the Wing(Part 2)’ which serve as intro and outros and ‘Pigs(Three Different Ones)’, which is the main track. At over 11 minutes long, ‘Pigs’ is divided into three different verses. Each verse presents a different pig, although the only one that clearly identifies its target is the final verse which is about Mary Whitehouse. Like in Animal Farm, the pigs represent the top of the social ladder. The ones with power, the ones deemed ‘more equal than others’. ‘Pigs’ is quite a bluesy number; also Richard Wright shines with the use of a synthesizer to add a dark moody atmosphere to the track.

‘Sheep’s is the final track, and obviously represents the mindless herd that accepts every single word their leaders tell them as gospel. Waters and Gilmour split the guitar solo duties here, as the final five minutes of the track mostly consist of simple but well played guitar riffs and solos.

Pink Floyd followed Animals up with another critique of social-political order with The Wall.



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MO
April 10th 2012



18179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

good review, but rasp's already covered all of this and then some

Yotimi
April 10th 2012



6436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you don't really say why this is good other than the fact that they "shine."

ThroneOfAgony
April 10th 2012



3485 Comments


don't forget 'best.'

mark1991
April 10th 2012



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

True, i focused pretty much exclusively on the subject matter of the album (Since i'm a big Orwell fan, Animals has always been a powerful lyrical album for me). I'll try to add a bit more detail on the compositions next time

CaptainDooRight
April 10th 2012



28295 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

best album



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taylormemer
April 10th 2012



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listening to this right now. Brilliant stuff. Just blows my mind.

MO
April 10th 2012



18179 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

ending solo in Pigs 3 different ones, probably my fav floyd solo

taylormemer
April 10th 2012



4913 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah that solo rules hard.

NeutralThunder12
April 10th 2012



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

lol 4.5

TheNotrap
April 10th 2012



7954 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

You gotta be crazy, you gotta have a real need

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2012



19887 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My favourite Floyd album.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2012



4372 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review, man.
Dark Side is still my favorite but "Dogs" literally blows away most of that album. But "Echoes", in my opinion, still remains their
best song.

KeithStone582
April 10th 2012



1480 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album

facupm
April 10th 2012



7069 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great album, and a nice review, will pos

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Tyrannic
April 10th 2012



3261 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah man i mean the story is nice and all, but this is totally their best album for reasons other than a cool animal farm
tale.

^^@MO dat solo

SCREAMorphine
April 10th 2012



1751 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fantastic album, good review

pos

Graveyard
April 10th 2012



5588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

David Gilmour really does shine on this

stabbler
April 10th 2012



1415 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for paraphrasing the internet, but it was only ever about the composition.



The7thVermicide
April 10th 2012



925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dogs is one of my favorite songs ever and the social critic on this album full of metaphors is magnificent .



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