Review Summary: Arguably the lowest point in Floyd's discography.
The third album from progressive rock legends Pink Floyd was entitled "More" and released in 1969. This was the band's first real misstep. Whereas "A Saucerful Of Secrets" had hinted at a regression in the power of their music from their debut, "More" really did tip their progress in the bin. Technically this was not even a proper studio album from the band and was in fact the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. Whichever way one looks at it, More does not contain the elements that make Floyd so great.
This is the first Pink Floyd album that does not contain Syd Barrett and the vocals are handled by David Gilmour on here. It contains piano, bongos, vibraphone, various background noises and the usual bass, drums and guitar set-up and clocks in at just under forty five minutes. This release dips into and avant-garde approach in its instrumental songs and also has a lot of acoustic numbers. The main style of it is a psychedelic rock album with some progressive styling to the instrumental songs. In particular this comes to the fore front on the seven minute song "Quicksilver".
The instrumental work is dull which is a first for a Floyd album. There is very little about it to keep the listener interested aside from a couple of passages on "The Nile Song". This is arguably the most straight-forward rock song the band has done and sticks out as having more of a hard rock vein. "Ibiza bar" also taps into this more hard rock side of the band with some power chord riffing in places. "The Nile Song" clocks in at three and a half minutes and in this time manages to carve an identity for itself as the strongest song on a release full of uninteresting tunes. The guitars are loud and aggressive and the vocals from Gilmour are great despite some poor lyrics.
The rest of the album lacks any real flow and feels too disjointed to be considered one release. Instead this is more of a compilation of various songs that fit individual moments on the movie it is taken from that lacks any power when placed into one release. It drags on for far too long despite the average song length being in the three minute region. The guitar work sounds so unlike what the band had done on the previous two albums and also unlike what they would accomplish on later releases. The drumming has no sense of rhythm nor time to it and instead has no real power behind it and the lyrics have no emotion whatsoever.
"Cymbaline" is one song that sticks out as being among the worst the band has done to date. The organ solo at the end of it is completely out of place and has no purpose other than to show off and be flashy. The vocals are decent but do not suit the mood nor nature of the music the band was attempting to accomplish with this track. This is probably the best known track from "More" and does not deserve this role as it is light years behind the more hard rock-oriented tracks found on here. Instead it is just another example of how movie soundtracks are nearly impossible to nail with a real flow to them.
"More" has no place within Pink Floyd's catalogue of releases and instead is just a boring collection of tunes from a poor drugs movie. Stay away from this whether you are a fan or one of the few haters of the band.