Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon


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by belly USER (4 Reviews)
August 12th, 2006 | 17 replies | 3,298 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist


7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Breathe, Breathe in the air”, Pink Floyd’s guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour quietly asks us on The Dark Side Of The Moon’s opening track, Breathe before we are launched into one of rock music’s true masterpieces. The bands first “concept album” deals with the pressures and hardships of everyday life which eventually lead to madness, while covering themes such as time, travel, money, war and death along the way. In essence, it is a metaphor for life, which any listener will relate to. Bassist and band leader Roger Waters’ beautifully crafted lyrics are just one of the numerous reasons behind The Dark Side’s success.

“ Ticking away, The moments that make up the dull day, You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way, Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown, Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.”

Another reason the album was and still is a success is it’s state of the art engineering/ producing by Allan Parsons, who would later form “The Allan Parsons Project.” Parsons was largely responsible for the sound effects heard throughout the album. Tracks such as Time, in which you hear a series of ticking clocks and alarms in the build up to the song and on Money when the song is introduced by a series of chiming cash registers are all evidence of Parson’s craftwork. A further element incorporated into the album that is almost bizarre is the inclusion of seemingly random bits of dialogue that add a human element to the album. "There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark," says Abbey Road doorman Jerry Driscoll over the albums final track Eclipse. These studio techniques, although dated, heavily influenced progressive rockers such as Rush and Yes.

Then of course there is the musicians themselves. Waters, Gilmour, Rick Wright (keyboardist, vocals) and Nick mason (per-cussionist) all shine, showing cohesion and skill across the entire album that begins with the two-part song Speak To Me/Breath. While merely mood setters for the album they do their job. We are then literally taken On The Run, a song relating to travel, that although not appealing to the ear is revolutionary due to the use of the synthesiser. Time is one of two epic tracks on the album, starting with the ticking of clocks and gradually working into a masterful piece of music. Lyrically this is Waters at his best as he appeals to the importance of time in everyone’s life and how it can just slip us by Gilmour also shows the world that he can play guitar with an eye-opening solo in the middle of the track. Following a brief reprisal of Breathe we are forced to face death, with a beautiful piece by Wright on The Great Gig In The Sky, that includes one of the finest vocal performances in rock history by session singer Clair Torrey. She wails to the heavens as if in pain then all ceases. Before long Money is thrown in our faces with Waters again displaying his lyrical talent. “Money it's a crime, Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie.” Money was Dark Side’s most successful single, with it’s catchy bass riff and odd timing. The theme of war is next considered on the albums second epic, Us And Them. A beautifully crafted piece, it is easily the most dramatic song on the album, helped by Wright’s and Mason’s deft touches. Any Colour You Like is a strange instrumental, rhetorical in ways that is asking the listener to take the song on board “anyway they like.” The Dark Side of The Moon concludes in spectacular fashion with the two parts of Brain Damage and Eclipse. Brain Damage is a wonderfully witty song with Waters putting the listener inside the head of a lunatic. “There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me,” he says, before the track leads is into Eclipse, a summary of ever day life. The album then finishes how it starts, the last thing you hear being the sound of a heart beat. After listening to The Dark Side of The Moon you realise that your not being told anything you don’t already know. The album is essentially life being thrown at us in the most incredible way possible. If you do not own this masterpiece proceed to nearest CD store and purchase it immediately.


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belly
August 12th 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

please gimme feedback...tis my first real review


Muisee
August 12th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Enjoyable review to read, good job. Much better then my first review.

RuNNing/on/HiGh
August 12th 2006



56 Comments


Sorry to be so mean, but what's the point of reviewing something that's already been reviewed eight times before? Good review anyways

711
August 12th 2006



1342 Comments


Sorry to be so mean, but what's the point of reviewing something that's already been reviewed eight times before? Good review anyways


Hes only been here a few days, it isnt a big deal. People can review an album as many times as they want here... hell, American Idiot has, what, 15 reviews?

Anyway, great review, I really enjoyed reading. excellent for a first review, I cant wait to see what else you write in the future :thumb:

As for the album, this is pretty much my favorite album. Ever. Every second of it is wonderful.

Oddsen
August 12th 2006



1127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya this reviews really good for a first. Short describtive and it read well.This Message Edited On 08.12.06

lakayt
August 12th 2006



1 Comments


if american idiot has 15 reviews , dark side of the moon shoulda has a million reviews so keep writing!

Thor
August 12th 2006



10178 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No, it shouldn't.

Patrick
August 12th 2006



1891 Comments


Good enough job. Next time review something a little less reviewed, unless you have a way different opinion than someone else.

Muisee
August 12th 2006



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes! It should man, number of reviews=greatness of band..........oh wait.

slack
August 12th 2006



249 Comments


I thought the whole point was for people to review the albums they like.

Bron-Yr-Aur
August 12th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey man, excellent first review. Keep it up.

The Door Mouse
August 12th 2006



2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was defenatly suprised that this was a 1st review. it was really great. better than anything i could do... well at least for overalls

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2006



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sweet job.

Angmar
August 12th 2006



2689 Comments


great job dude.

Two-Headed Boy
August 12th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Swell review.

Lemuria
August 12th 2006



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review keep up the good work and don't care if this album was already review:D

belly
August 13th 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i actually wrote this for a school project... i was pleased with what i wrote so thought i mays well get some feedback... thanks for all the good wraps guys... ill work on something less known next time ( i did do a short review for Pat Garret & Billy The Kid Soundtrack - Bob Dylan if anyones interested)



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