Pink Floyd
Animals


5.0
classic

Review

by Scott M. Baldwin USER (76 Reviews)
July 1st, 2013 | 190 replies | 2,964 views


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you're new to Floyd, and the record store is out of copies of Dark Side or The Wall, let this album be your Plan B.

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Every band has an album that everyone considers a magnum opus- in Floyd's case, it's either Dark Side of the Moon or The Wall. But the trouble with Floyd is that they have such a large an comprehensive body of work. So it's really a shame that people often choose their Floyd collection to those two albums, as awesome as Roger Waters' ongoing solo tour celebrating the latter really is. And if any album deserves to be held in as high regard as those two albums, it's Animals. It's an album that sadly doesn't get much mention from anyone but die-hard Floydians nowadays, and even tribute concerts seem to leave them in the dust.

Animals follows a similar path that the previous album, Wish You Were Here did- a little more upbeat musically, but very similar lyrically. The lyrics continue to attack organized systems, this time the focus is religion, politics and business. The first and last tracks ("Pigs on the Wing" in seperate parts) are more or less love songs, but nevertheless provide sweet bookends for the tracks in between. There's still the experimental/progressive/jazzy interludes that can be expected on a Floyd album, and when this album is experimental, it's really experimental. Most of the songs are over ten minutes, with only the first and last tracks being really short.

"Dogs" focuses on the world of finance and business, and the people who dare to work in such a field, allowing themselves to become victim to a form of sociopathy that is one of the "perks" of such a career. The song, like the other songs on the album, isn't very subtle in its attack (then again, if any subtlety was involved, it wouldnt be very Pink Floyd) and is downright blunt, in typical Floyd fashion: "And in the end you'll pack up and fly down south/Hide your head in the sand/Just another sad old man/All alone and dying of cancer.". Interestingly, it's the most subtle attack on the album, because following is two Waters-penned tracks: "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" and "Sheep". The former has a beat and lyrics very similar to "Time", and Waters' nasal anger-singing couldn't be more fitting for the lyrics- attacking Mary Whitehouse, the politician that attempted to keep sexual content off of TV. Waters felt that Whitehouse had no business telling people what they can and can't watch, and such is highlight in lyrics calling her a "***ed up old hag", and accusing her of being "good fun with a handgun". Lastly, "Sheep" is a criticism of religion, and how people blindly follow it ("Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air."). The song labels the devout Christians as "sheep" and how Christianity leads them like lambs to the slaughter. In the middle of the song, there's a robotic voice that recites a parody of Psalm 23, which is not ony funny in a creepy sort of way, but also effectively reflects this theme and also exemplifies how Christianity can reduce people to "robots".

So Animals, at 5 tracks and 41 minutes, stands as Pink Floyd's finest moment; an album that keeps Pink Floyd moving in the same direction that made them a namesake, and simultaneously waves goodbye to said direction. Everything on this album stands in perfect shape- lyrics, music and production, all tight as ever, and is one hell of a way to lead into the band's more theatrical direction that they'd take on The Wall. And so if you find yourself hoping to get into Floyd, and your record store is out of copies of The Wall and Dark Side, don't pass up Animals, an album that deserves more recognition and stands as a defining moment in their career.



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DegausserGuernica24
July 1st 2013



1134 Comments


'the record store is out of copies of Dark Side or The Wall, let this album be your Plan B.'

OVER WISH YOU WERE HERE?!?!?!?

NEG

tommygun
July 1st 2013



21345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wall can smd not even top 5 floyd

Gwyn.
July 1st 2013



14048 Comments


"OVER WISH YOU WERE HERE?!?!?!?

NEG"

> Wish you were here

but both own

tommygun
July 1st 2013



21345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

o yea nice rev pos

sideburndude
July 1st 2013



2782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Make it plan A

tempest--
July 1st 2013



10932 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wall can smd not even top 5 floyd [2]

ChopSuey
July 1st 2013



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol nice summary

dannyboy89
July 1st 2013



8095 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hPos'd. Kinda weird to say "make this your Plan B" and "Pink Floyd's finest moment". You're contradicting yourself lol.

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JokineAugustus
July 1st 2013



4894 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ya best Floyd. The Wall is still cool, but probably 5th or 6th Floyd for me. Obscured by clouds is slowly rising in the rankings for me.

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TheMoonchild
July 1st 2013



382 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Dannyboy

What I mean is that those albums are obvious starting points and the easiest way to get into Floyd.

Though sometimes their best work isn't exactly a starting point either. My favourite Maiden album is Brave New World but I'll admit if it was my first Maiden album I'd have been put off.

Pestiferous
July 1st 2013



1156 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

dammit sideburn beat me to it but yeah *let this album be your Plan A*

TheMoonchild
July 1st 2013



382 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Meddle deserves more mention too.

sideburndude
July 1st 2013



2782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Echoes is right up there with Starless and Supper's Ready for progressive epic closers

DrGonzo1937
July 1st 2013



3380 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This and WYWH are equally their finest work.

Good review.

Pos'd.

foxblood
July 1st 2013



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what this is their best shiz man

TheMoonchild
July 1st 2013



382 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Echoes is one seriously beautiful work of art.

SCREAMorphine
July 1st 2013



1710 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fantastic album.
Each album can stand on it's own as Pink Floyd's best work in my opinion.
4 amazing musicians.

SCREAMorphine
July 1st 2013



1710 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

And of course Syd Barrett.

ksoflas
July 1st 2013



269 Comments


Pos'd.

Artuma
July 1st 2013



8482 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

all these 4.5's omg

pos'd btw

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