Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon


5.0
classic

Review

by TylerC USER (10 Reviews)
June 28th, 2006 | 32 replies | 11,120 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist


1 of 6 thought this review was well written

While I do rate this album a 5, that is simply because it is Pink Floyd. This is not Pink Floyd's best, second best, or even third best album, in my opinion. It is a great album, yes, but it is highly overrated. Yes, it runs together, yes, it broke a lot of ground in the early-mid 70s, and yes, it synchs up with the Wizard of Oz. And while this album does have the all-time classic "Money", and a few other "big" Pink Floyd songs, there are better Floyd albums out there (namely The Wall, WYWH, and Animals). Granted, this was the album that spent 700 some weeks on the charts, but I stand by my opinion that this is only the 4th best Floyd album.

For the ignorant, Pink Floyd is:
Roger Waters-bass, vocals, lyricist
David Gilmour-guitar, vocals
Richard Wright-keyboard
Nick Mason-percussion

1. Speak To Me-boring track, heart beat, cash register clicking, people talking, some guy laughing. (3/5)

2. Breathe-one of my favorites on Dark Side of the Moon. The music blends together extremely well--some of the guitar effects are brilliant, as is the slide guitar. Gilmour's singing trippy lyrics makes for a great song. (4.5/5)

3. On The Run-A 3 minute 70s techno song more or less, with a guy laughing in the background, and a man talking throughout parts of the song. A plane crashes at the end, perhaps symbolizing their attempt and failure to escape? (3/5)

4. Time-This song is one of my favorite Floyd songs of all TIME, and probably the best on DSOTM. The minute long clock intro gets kind of annoying, but after that, the song is great. Gilmour plays some awesome guitar and his singing is furious and passionate. (5/5)

5. The Great Gig in the Sky-Nice piano solo (keyboard? whatever). The lyrics in this song have fast become my motto for life. "I am not frightened of dying, any time will do. Why should I be? There's no reason for it, you've got to go some time". The woman's vocal solo is breathtaking to say the least. (4/5)

6. Money-one Pink Floyd song most non-Pink Floyd fans actually enjoy. The cash registers in the background throughout the song add a nice touch, and the bass riff is one of the most famous of all time. Besides, who doesn't love a great sax solo on a progressive rock album? Ok, ok, Gilmour's solos are good too. (4.9/5)

7. Us and Them-Another song with a great sax solo. The song is, in a word, beautiful. David Gilmour's singing along with the music in the background sounds incredible. (4.5/5)

8. Any Colour You Like-Funky instrumental song, but still entertaining to listen to because of the cool effects. (3.5/5)

9. Brain Damage-Political song through and through (would we expect any less with Roger Waters writing the lyrics?). Still, a good song, everything flows together nicely, and the man laughing in the background adds a bit of a creepy element. (4/5)

10. Eclipse-The conclusion to a great album, last 40 seconds or so is just a heart beat. (3.5/5)

Dark Side of the Moon, while groundbreaking in its time, and still a fantastic album, is overhyped in my eyes. I know I praised Pink Floyd non-stop throughout this review, and that's for two reasons: 1-I am a huge Floyd fan, and 2-this album is great, I just think there are better Pink Floyd albums out there. People trying to get into Pink Floyd will like this album because the songs are shorter and not as weird as songs like "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" and any of the big three off of Animals.



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Muisee
June 28th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Could use a conclusion, but I enjoyed reading this review from a fellow floyd fan, good job.

TylerC
June 28th 2006



10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good point, I'll add one in.

pulseczar
June 28th 2006



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a good review. It's just a bare bones run through of the songs, and it doesn't justify the 5 you gave it.

Broken Arrow
June 28th 2006



220 Comments


Ew, the Wall. No way is the Wall better. eh, opinions I guess.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 28th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What, you mean unlike this?

francesfarmer
June 28th 2006



1477 Comments


The Wall was an amazing album, but falls short of this by a hair. The lyrics are what saved DSOTM from being TW's @$$ slave.

francesfarmer
June 28th 2006



1477 Comments


I think Animals was their best record. And how was The Wall pretentious? Its praise shouldn't count as that.


Bron-Yr-Aur
June 28th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I find most Pink Floyd pretentious. And boring. But when they're not boring, they're genius. Guess which one shows more often?

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 28th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You've actually won a trip to fabulous... Arkansas.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Wall >>> DSotM

francesfarmer
June 28th 2006



1477 Comments


I don't find them pretentious or boring. I think their the pinnacle of what Progressive/Psychedelic should be.

Rocksta71
June 28th 2006



1023 Comments


DSOTM owns over the wall.
The wall drags on (if they didn't make a movie then maybe they could have selected the best songs and cut the ****?)
How do you give this album for just being Floyd? did you give all their albums 5 just for being foyd? your rating doesn't match your review.
Anyway nice try dude!This Message Edited On 06.28.06

Rocksta71
June 28th 2006



1023 Comments


The tracks make sense when you watch the movie, but the album without the movie is weak, I still think they should have taken the best tracks for the album and left out the ones that make no sense without a visual.

Oddsen
June 28th 2006



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think this is better than the wall.

Thor
June 28th 2006



10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This was a pretty unnecessary review. The Wall > life

The Door Mouse
June 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

time is a really good song

meh review. you could have done more dietals.

[quote=TlyerC]This is not Pink Floyd's best, second best, or even third best album, in my opinion. It is a great album, yes, but it is highly overrated.[/quote]

so u rate it a 5? it doesnt make much sense seeing how u only rated one song a five

BlackDeathMetalJazz or really ANYTHING else please-
June 28th 2006



200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

All of your arguments are pointless, we all know that Piper at the Gates of Dawn owns all of them. : )

francesfarmer
June 28th 2006



1477 Comments


Piper At The Gates of Dawn > DSOTM

The Wall > Piper At The Gates of Dawn

Wish You Were Here > The Wall

Animals > Wish You Were Here

The Door Mouse
June 28th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

all pink flyd=all pink floyd
i love there albums all the same

Hamilcar
June 28th 2006



3 Comments


What a horrid review. You put absolutely no effort into this, and your rating of 5/5 holds no water with the reasoning you gave. Though everyone is entitled to their own opinion, DSotM > The Wall by many many miles musically. Anyone who cannot see that just shouldn't be listening to music at all. However, The Wall > DSotM in terms of concept.



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