Pink Floyd
The Division Bell


4.0
excellent

Review

by EVedder27 USER (107 Reviews)
October 19th, 2009 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With the absence of Roger Waters, Pink Floyd salvages their previous effort, with a fitting farewell record.

Following the blunder that was “A Momentary Lapse of Reason,” David Gilmour and company had to prove that Pink Floyd could make it without Roger Waters. The 1987 release failed for several reasons. There was too much filler, the songwriting was sub-par for the most part, and the music relied too much on synthesizers. A few gems were spurned from the record such as Learning to Fly, On the Turning Away, and Sorrow, but the majority of the record was far below average for Pink Floyd. In 1994, David Gilmour would get his last chance, and made it count.

"The Division Bell,” is the final Pink Floyd album that was recorded. While the record has material nowhere near the quality of “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Animals,” “Wish You Were Here,” or “Meddle,” many of the aspects that make Pink Floyd so great are present here. Gilmour’s songwriting is very good, and his guitar playing is undeniably the highlight of the record. Gilmour’s vocals are soothing and even haunting at times, and Rick Wright’s keyboards make an impact here as well. There are saxophones and backup singers, whose impact is not unlike their influence on “Dark Side of the Moon.” The album obviously suffers to an extent due to the absence of lyrical mastermind Roger Waters, but somehow succeeds without him.

Gilmour’s tremendous guitar work is the underscore of nearly every track here; his style is familiar and powerful, even beautiful at times. Marooned is one of the best instrumentals written by the band; it is spacey and driven by lead guitar and keyboards. This track is truly beautiful and is one of the top Gilmour-era Pink Floyd songs. A Great Day for Freedom is haunting as Gilmour delivers his first lines, “On the day the wall came down, they threw the locks onto the ground and with glasses high, we raised a cry for freedom had arrived.” Take it Back is upbeat and hopeful, and Lost for Words is an acoustic track that isn’t a far cry from Wish You Were Here.

Gilmour’s guitar may stand out the most in Coming Back to Life, which is written perfectly, beginning slow, and picking up just over 2 and half minutes. This track really has everything, from soaring guitars, to soothing vocals, to excellent keyboards. The ultimate highlight of the record is the 8 and a half-minute High Hopes which begins and ends with the sound of church bells. Keyboards and vocals are again haunting, and the track builds to a powerful climax equipped with none other than a mind-blowing guitar solo. As the final track of Pink Floyd’s career, it does them justice for everything they have done.

With the absence of Roger Waters, Pink Floyd salvages their previous effort, with a fitting farewell record. Twenty-one years had passed since “Dark Side of the Moon,” and to ask for that quality from Pink Floyd was at this point impossible.

Recommended Tracks:
Marooned
Coming Back to Life
Lost for Words
High Hopes



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EVedder27
October 20th 2009


6088 Comments


I've really been back and forth on whether this is a 3.5 or 4, but I guess my Gilmour bias got the best of me.

shindip
October 20th 2009


3537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

High Hopes is amazing

EVedder27
October 20th 2009


6088 Comments


yes it is. One of my favorites of all-time.

Jim
October 20th 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

amazing album that cops a lot of shit. it's obviously shallow compared to waters-era floyd, but the instrumentation is perfect.



nice review.

mareep
October 20th 2009


391 Comments


this isnt a bad record at all. good review dude, exactly how i'd rate it.

meddle and animals kill this in my opinion though

Nagrarok
October 20th 2009


8603 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review indeed. I'll give this the pos it deserves and hasn't gotten as of yet.

Willie
Moderator
October 20th 2009


18214 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a good review. For some reason this is the Floyd album I listen to the most.

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EVedder27
October 20th 2009


6088 Comments


Thanks guys. I really wanted to do a Pink Floyd review and I felt I had the most to add to this album.

HenchmanOfSanta
October 20th 2009


1994 Comments


The PULSE version of Keep Talking is awesome. Don't know how the album is though.

Mr_Coffee
October 20th 2009


631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, man. Coming Back to Life is one hell of a song.

EasternLight
October 20th 2009


2710 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome job. I completely agree. I love this album. may bump up again.

lostforwords
October 21st 2009


451 Comments


Track number 10 is crap!!!

Its title actually!

EVedder27
October 21st 2009


6088 Comments


thought you'd be a pink floyd fan with that user name

Jim
October 21st 2009


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

he's havin a gag man

EVedder27
October 21st 2009


6088 Comments


yeah I know

JWT155
March 16th 2010


14480 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to this now and I'm really digging it. Awesome review, pos'd.

TheNotrap
September 23rd 2011


12752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The dawn mist glowing

The water flowing

The endless river





Forever and ever

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KILL
September 23rd 2011


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gd song

TheNotrap
September 23rd 2011


12752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Amazing song with an unbelievable solo

The saddest lead I've ever heard.



Only an old man with a full life can write this song



Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon

Though down this road we've been so many times

TheNotrap
September 23rd 2011


12752 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Sad but unbelievable beautiful



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