(All Album Reviews by jethro fish)
Suprising that no one has reviewed this album before me. This album, released in 1979, seems to be like a dividing wall (hehe) between Pink Floyd fans. Some hate it, some love it. I would have to join the latter camp.
This is an amazing piece of work by Pink Floyd, well actually by Roger Waters with Gilmour and Mason acting more like session musicians without any artistical saying (Gilmour co-wrote only a couple of songs).
The lyrics are based on the rock star Pink who suffers from the loss of his father in WWII, a crashed marriage, an unhealthy relationship with his mother and a growing alienation towards his fans and his life as a whole. There has been much debate on how much of the character Pink is in fact Roger Waters himself.
The general critique of the lyrical content is mostly based on the "whining" and self pity that Waters displays throughout the album. IMO the lyrics possess a lot of feelings that are truely heartfelt and there is nothing that feels fake about Waters display of agony.
The music is not very "proggy" (IMO Pink Floyd has never been very proggy, i.e. odd meters, complexity etc.) but I think their music is always written and performed in the spirit of prog. Musically this album is superb. The compositions are wonderfully varied and pleasureable. It rocks, it soars, it hurts, it bleeds and it lifts you up. The musical performance is as always with PF top notch with Gilmour's unbelievable guitarplaying in the forefront. This is a milestone!
If you should not already own this album (which is hardly the case) please, please, please buy it at once. It is just as good and important as any Dark Side..., Wish you Were Here, Animals or any psyched out record featuring the "loony" Syd Barrett.
My rating: 5 out of 5.