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Pink Floyd: Ranking, An Honest

You know the drill. Not too controversial this time around.
15Pink Floyd
Ummagumma


At worst a failed experiment, and at best a decent album, Ummagumma features some unbearable and/or uninteresting sonic works by each band member left to his own devices. The worst is undoubtedly the one with a very long name by Waters, which is simply him making funny animal noises for five minutes, and the closest one resembling actual music is Gilmour's surprisingly good "The Narrow Way." The band themselves have disowned this time and again, and the main saving grace is a handful of very good live tracks plastered to the front of the album. 6/10
14Pink Floyd
More


Easily the most forgettable of Floyd's offerings, More nevertheless incorporated some more progessive themes that would become more essential later on in Pink Floyd's years, even if right now all the do is add up to a solid and decently listenable soundtrack album. Also, "Quicksilver" is hella lame. 6/10
13Pink Floyd
The Endless River


While little more than a greatest hits mashup of different sounds and styles that they've employed over the years, The Endless River does manage to have some engaging moments peppered throughout, even though the album serves the listener much better as contemplative background music than anything else. Not the most fitting end to one of the most acclaimed bands in history, but it's better than nothing. 6.5/10
12Pink Floyd
The Final Cut


A veritable third disc of "The Wall"'s least interesting cuts, The Final Cut encompasses everything I didn't like about Roger Waters' directorial style of Pink Floyd, down to the ridiculously pretentious lyrics, the asinine vocal inflections, and unnecessary repetition of already worked ideas. What makes the album worthwhile are the moments where the man cracks through and he's not just trying to be clever, like on the emotional title track and the lovely closer. 6.5/10
11Pink Floyd
Obscured by Clouds


While it may be another soundtrack album, Obscured by Clouds is a very solid addition to Pink Floyd's canon, adding some great jams and surprising depth. What easily could have been just a throw away record ended up being an important step in the evolution of the band, and without this album there would not the the greatness that directly followed. 7/10
10Pink Floyd
A Momentary Lapse of Reason


A vastly underrated gem in the back catalogue of Pink Floyd, A Momentary Lapse of Reason benefitted from the change of vision from Waters' direction to Gilmour's. Serving as more than just an introduction to the (admittedly better) Division Bell), this album adds heaps of atmosphere to one of the most angry sounding and dark Pink Floyd albums out there. "Dogs of War" and "A New Machine" are both great tracks that best explain the direction this one took, and there is really nothing else in their discog like it. 7.5/10
9Pink Floyd
A Saucerful of Secrets


A surprisingly mellow endeavor from a band that just spat out Piper, Saucerful acts as a "crossfade rather than a hard cut" in the words of Waters, from the Barrett-led era of the band to the Gilmour, equally relaxed and frenetic, always very engaging and intriguing. 7.5/10
8Pink Floyd
Atom Heart Mother


Bolstered by the fantastic "Summer '68," Atom Heart Mother laid down the blue-print of many Floyd albums to come with a reduced track listing and the great self-titled medley which would influence later tracks like "Echoes" and "Shine on You Crazy Diamond." The album itself has some weaknesses, a couple tracks such as "Alan's Psychedlic Breakfast" push the prog a bit too far, but it's hard to see why the band has so much hate in their hearts for this album. 8/10
7Pink Floyd
The Division Bell


A triumphant return to the greatness that was once Floyd, The Division Bell improves upon Reason by addind more muscle and depth, creating at once a very unique but still very Floydian sound even with the absence of Waters. This album makes me wish for more Gilmour fronted Floyd every time I listen. 8/10
6Pink Floyd
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn


A revolutionary psychedelic mindfuck of an album that crafted an entire genre of music before ultimately moving on to other things as they went on, Barrett's only fronted album left a huge impression on the band despite his short tenure, and the ripples could be felt throughout their whole career. But there's no doubt that this is a great album, varied and energetic, but not without its faults (a bit too much Beatles worship for my taste). 8.5/10
5Pink Floyd
The Wall


While it might be a tad be overrated, it's still one hell of an experience. Despite the sheer amount of padding and uneveness, the highs ("Comfortably Numb", "Another Brick in the Wall Pt.2") are just too high to ignore, and the vast variety and scope of the thing just adds to its level as a rock classic whether all of us are happy about it or not. Oh, and "The Trail" is absolutely bonkers. 8.5/10
4Pink Floyd
Meddle


The moment where Floyd first truly got it, Meddle was only a taste of the genius that was yet to come, but ultimately succeeds on its own with the fantastic opener and the awe-inpsiring 24-minute long medley, "Echoes," that sounds out the album. It may not be perfect, but there's something just absolutely irresistible about the record. 8.5/10
3Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon


While the album may get off to just a bit too slow of a start for my liking, there's no way in hell one could deny the brilliance that went into the composition of the album. From the heart-shattering chorus of "Us and Them" to the unstoppable groove of "Money," there's simply nothing that could stop the band creatively at this point in their career. The craziest part? They'd only get better from here. 9/10
2Pink Floyd
Animals


Much more consistent and layered than much of their work, Animals is rightfully hailed as one of the band's greatest achievements. There's just so much going on in each of the three main compositions, it's impossible to neglect any one of them as fantastic works of rock music. Even if the acoustic numbers bookending the album aren't nearly at the level of the rest of the album, they're so short it's hard to fault the album very much at all. 9/10
1Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


The only Pink Floyd album to truly blow me away like everyone told me they would, I simply could not believe what I was hearing when I first started listening. And given that it's about 40 years since it's been released, I'd say that's a rather good sign of a timeless classic, don't you? Nothing about this album is disappointing, and genuinely every single cut off of this is outstanding. I don't think I can say that about any other album. 10/10
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