Pink Floyd
The Endless River


3.0
good

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
November 19th, 2014 | 170 replies


Release Date: 11/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Though a pleasant listen, The Endless River contains none of the depth that characterised the albums it supposedly pays tribute to.

As arguably the most revered band of all time, Pink Floyd’s reputation precedes them to such a degree that reactions to The Endless River are essentially predetermined. On one hand you have legions of nostalgic fans ready to prematurely declare the album as a masterpiece, while those disillusioned by the band’s decline are sure to write it off as a failure when it inevitably falls short of the mark set by their efforts in the 1970s. The release of a Pink Floyd album in 2014 is not the momentous occasion that the remaining members may have envisioned it to be, and instead calls their motives into question, let alone their ability to execute anything of the same calibre as past endeavours. Swan song or not, The Endless River does little in the way of providing closure for a fan base that was already comfortably sated.

Born from the ashes of The Division Bell sessions, The Endless River seems to have been created with a retrospective outlook, intended as a stripped-down synopsis of Pink Floyd’s various incarnations. In the absence of Waters and the late Richard Wright, the album is a largely instrumental affair, comprised of ethereal arrangements that are occasionally complimented by backing vocals courtesy of both Gilmour and recordings of Wright himself. There are noticeable throwbacks to earlier material, with songs like “It’s What We Do” bearing a strong resemblance to portions of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”, while the more percussive “Allons-Y” two-parter would be in good company on an album like The Wall. Ample synth lines and extended guitar leads gently trickle in and out of view, drifting freely and lending the album a sense of ambience while retaining that distinct Floydian sound. However, while artistically succinct, the album is neither peripheral enough to function as ambient, nor climactic enough to function as prog, and what we’re left with is an album that is – to sum it up in one word – nice. Not emotive or engaging, just nice. The overarching themes that made Floyd of old so poignant are nowhere to be found, as one unrelated passage leads into another, failing to capitalise on any potential build-ups. Closing with the vocally driven “Louder Than Words”, The Endless River finishes on an uncharacteristically passive note, and your lasting impression is not one of awe, but indifference.

Such a mixed reception is as much a consequence of hype as it due to the album’s content; preconceived notions of greatness rarely come to fruition, anyway. Now, we’re faced with the curious question of how The Endless River will be remembered in years to come. A genuine attempt at encompassing the spirit of Floyd, or a thinly-veiled cash-grab, pieced together from the offcuts of a more purposeful piece of work"

You decide.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
betray
November 19th 2014


9387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review jac

Mongi123
November 19th 2014


20065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice work jac and I actually completely agree with you

KILL
November 19th 2014


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yea this is dull as fuck

BMDrummer
November 19th 2014


14440 Comments


still gotta check this, an hour seems like a bit much tho

Mongi123
November 19th 2014


20065 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea it can be KILL. As a Floyd album it's so unnecessary and unworthy but as a standalone album it really works IMO

TheNotrap
November 19th 2014


9611 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I heard the album once, but it seemed clear that these songs are merely draft jams. High Hopes should have been their swan song.

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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2014


18055 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review jac, agreed for the most part

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trackbytrackreviews
November 19th 2014


3373 Comments


Damn it seems I'm the only one who is enjoying this

adr
November 19th 2014


12004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"3.0 = shit" - sputnik userbase

guitarded_chuck
November 19th 2014


16907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude this was way too passive, you said literally nothing in the critique form

dannyboy89
November 19th 2014


13408 Comments


I'm scared to listen to this.

Sniff
November 19th 2014


5338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Rating and review are both correct!

adr
November 19th 2014


12004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

agreed

Tyrael
November 19th 2014


21113 Comments


This is boring

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TheSpaceMan
November 19th 2014


11812 Comments


album needs more Syd Barrett

adr
November 19th 2014


12004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

he is dead

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 19th 2014


19985 Comments


that art lol

adr
November 19th 2014


12004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it's not that bad honestly, it's their best since.... The Wall/Animals?

Mythodea
November 19th 2014


4271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The album art is bad, maybe the worst they've had.

adr
November 19th 2014


12004 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Division Bell cover is more retarded tbh



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