Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by williw USER (2 Reviews)
May 11th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What begins as a slow and somewhat dull album slowly builds momentum into a strangely compelling and enjoyable listen.

I first encountered Pink Floyd at the age of twelve when raiding my father's CD shelf. I had just received an iPod for my birthday and had no music, so naturally I took all my dad's CDs and ripped them straight into iTunes.

As I rifled through piles of dull and uninspiring looking albums, I came across that incredible and iconic album cover, and decided to add it to the small pile of albums I had designated 'interesting looking'. Little did I know that I had stumbled across one of the most famous and universally acclaimed yet experimental albums to achieve mainstream success - The Dark Side Of The Moon. I don't remember much about when I first listened to it, other than I was disappointed and never got past the couple of tracks.

A number of years later, with maturing music tastes and a great new pair of headphones, I decided to revisit this 'classic' that I had so casually dismissed previously.

Expecting some sort of holy grail of progressive rock, I was initially disappointed by what The Dark Side Of The Moon had to offer me; the first two tracks, "Speak To Me/Breathe" and "On The Run" were slow, rambling, and for the most part devoid of detail, in particular "On The Run", which is best described as a series of aimless and random synths and sound effects.

However, the third song "Time", is in another league entirely. Opening with chiming clocks and a ringing alarm clock, at first this appears to be another irritating, badly aged, and experimental progressive track. However, this fades into a slow and ominous series of chords, which break into what is now one of my favourite songs ever. Suddenly the praise for this album makes sense; the brilliant guitar solo, the use of synthesizers, the heavily jazz influenced bass, Dave Gilmour's distinctive vocal style, and the fabulously abstract lyrics about the passage of time:

"Ticking away, the moments
That make up a dull day,
Fritter and waste the hours
In an offhand way."

"Time" then transitions straight into "The Great Gig In The Sky", which is notable for the vocals of Claire Torry; there are no lyrics to the song, only Torry's continuous undulating wail, with a piano and great bass line accompanying in the background. This song, after the epic that is "Time" somehow manages to be both interesting and enjoyable to listen to whilst having very little substance.

The second half of the album serves more as one continuous song; "Money" has one of the best bass lines in classic rock, and a great guitar solo to go with it. Again, Gilmour's vocals are strangely fitting, and amusing:

Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil
Today

But if you ask for a rise
It comes as no surprise that they're
Giving none away

Next comes my least favourite of the more traditionally structured songs on the album, "Us And Them". Personally I find it too slow and rambling, and at over seven minutes it suffers from a lack of the elements that make "Time" so enjoyable, like the great lyrics and guitar work, although the inclusion of a saxophone and backing vocals definitely contribute to the song.

"Any Colour You Like" is a refreshing interlude, with great synth, bass, and drums; like the other more upbeat and jazzy sections, this is one of my favourite songs on The Dark Side Of The Moon, and a great instrumental.

Again, "Brain Damage" is another great upbeat and strangely moving song, which is where the album begins to draw to its slow but epic conclusion. The lyrics are suitably mad to match the title, covering the theme of mental illness, and the inclusion of Pink Floyd's then road manager Peter Watts' manic laughter really adds to the feeling of insanity which pervades the song. This flows straight into "Eclipse", the final climax of the album, complete with gospel style female backing singers and an organ. The song is suitably epic, and a great end to the album.

Against my better judgement, and going into this album expecting something inaccessible and badly aged, I found myself really enjoying The Dark Side Of The Moon. Although I don't think it is one of the best albums of all time like so many people claim - in parts it is very difficult to listen to, chiefly "On The Run" which is at times painful - I hardly found it as uninspired and rambling as others claim. Overall, I would say this is a must listen album, not because of any particular individual songs, but because it represents so well what a concept album should be; each song fitting to create one larger picture.


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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2012


6344 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

In general, you must wait for your already existing review to fall off the main page before posting a new one.

This is not a strict rule, but an act of common courtesy towards the other users who have their reviews on the main page.

Since your are new in here, keep that in mind for the future.

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williw
May 11th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sorry, I'll keep that in mind.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2012


4458 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, Voivod is right. But since you just uploaded two Its no real harm.

As for the review, I think its decent. The first few paragraphs were you discuss your discovery are a bit unnecessary, and though its an interesting story, it "slows" down the review.... if that makes sense. But anyway, its a good review for your second. you make some good points, though I think the first 3 tracks are great. In fact I just love this entire album. anyway, good job.

KILL
May 11th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck you

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Killerhit
May 11th 2012


5381 Comments


This feels more like a diary than it does a review.

ThunderNeutral21
May 11th 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"What begins as a slow and somewhat dull album"

rockandmetaljunkie
May 12th 2012


3877 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review but bare in mind what Voivod said.

The album is an absolutely stunning experience.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 12th 2012


3877 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ guys you shouldn't be rude.

TheNotrap
May 12th 2012


8133 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"Expecting some sort of holy grail of progressive rock..."
This is larger than prog, you can't label Floyd.

"the first two tracks, "Speak To Me/Breathe" and "On The Run" were slow, rambling, and for the most part devoid of detail, in particular "On The Run", which is best described as a series of aimless and random synths and sound effects."
Well you just missed this.
Before saying "..best described as a series of aimless and random synths and sound effects" you need to make some homework about the EMS synthesizer and the concept behind this music.

"Personally I find it too slow and rambling, and at over seven minutes it suffers from a lack of the elements that make "Time" so enjoyable..."
Well you missed it again.

To each his own but you definitely didn't understand The Dark Side of The Moon.
Try to recheck it later in life probably with a joint nearby.




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DominionMM1
May 12th 2012


10324 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"On The Run", which is best described as a series of aimless and random synths and sound effects."

dude...ugh

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Graveyard
May 12th 2012


5817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't know if I agree with that

METALFACE666
May 12th 2012


189 Comments


review suck dicks

wacknizzle
May 12th 2012


13713 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow, this really needed a review.

I guess the review is okay but tbh kinda pointless, everyone already pretty much has their own opinion on this album and you broke no new ground with this review, I mean it is fucking Dark Side.

The more albums that actually have a review the better, not every good album is well known about, so try reviewing something that doesn't already have a ton of reviews for it.

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conesmoke
May 13th 2012


5292 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"try reviewing something that doesn't already have a ton of reviews for it"

totally agree with this. there are PLENTY of albums that deserve reviews but have none. No point reviewing something that already has 50+.



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