Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyds Masterpiece
Written: Jul 17, 2012
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Great Music, great use of tones, the music feels very colorful
Cons:Doesn't reach the hour mark, can be a bit slow for some people
The Bottom Line: Final rating, 10/10. Check it out for sure, if you haven't! It has everything you need, great music, great color and tones, and saxophone!
Oh boy, where do I start? Dark Side Of The Moon, released in 1973, is one of the most well known albums of all time. From it's cover art, to the songs itself, it has stood the test of time. It made it into the billboard 200 in one week and stood there 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. If that isn't amazing, I don't know what is. I remember the first time I ever got this albums, it was at best buy. I was totally blown away from it. I had heard some of the songs separetly, but hearing it all together, just amazing. Anyways, onto the songs!
Speak To Me/Breathe: Beginning with a heartbeat, you already know it's going to be an intense ride. Soon, you can hear cash registers, some dude laughing and a woman singing. Soon, the music kicks it, and it's aweosme! From Roger Waters bass guitar, to David Gilmours slide guitar making those ominious sounds in the foreground, and some guitar in the background. Nick Mason keeps a steady beet throughout the song. Soon, the vocals kick in, and they are very thoughtful and calming, sun by David Gilmour. The end of Breathe stops but keeps going, going straight into...
On The Run: An instrumental, and the feeling I get from this song is that you are going through a tunnel. Some very wobbly and strange effects go on throughout the song. You can hear Nick Mason keeping a steady high hat beat. Eventually, you hear some voices and eventually it sounds like an explosion, and the effects stop. It sounds like it is about to stop, until ticks are heard and you are taken into...
Time: One of my personal favorite tracks on this album, it starts with ticks and eventually a whole bunch of clocks going off. You can hear Rogers Bass doing a tick-tock-tick-tocks throughout the beginning as the clocks stop. The music slowly but surely starts, and it goes slow for awhile, letting it build up, and the drum solo also helps to build up the song. The insensity really rises, you can sense it is starting soon, but it doesn't quite yet, until...BAM! "Ticking away, the moments that make up a dull day" You finally hear the lysics, being sung again by David Gilmour, and the chorus sung by Keyboardist Richard "Rick" Wright. The song is going really strong now, with Gilmours guitar hot, Roger and Nick keeping a steady Rhythm section. After the first chorus, the guitar solo begins, and it's a great one! Gilmour pours his heart and soul into this one folks. It's amazing, screaming for the lost time of years gone by, that could of been spent doing other things. It really speaks to you. Soon, the solo stops and it comes back. "And you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking" a really great line, in my opinion. More great licks of Gilmour can be heard, along with the lyrics and another great chorus with great lyrics to match, with female back-up singers. A reprise of Breathe is heard at the end, and after some more singing by Gilmour, the song is over.
The Great Gig In The Sky: The song starts out with some nice keyboarding from Rick, and the phrase "I'm not freightened to die, anytime will do I don't mind" comes in. "There's no reason for it, we all have to go sometime." The music is going at a slow rate, but it is really great. Soon, the vocals kick in, and be prepared to be blown away by one of the, if not THE best vocal performance in rock history. It seems to never stop, at my enjoyment. You really do feel like you are about to be blown away from the sheer force and ferocity of Clare Torreys voice. And man, those high notes! Stunning. The song calms down soon, and some more vocals can be heard with the music in the background, and Clare still doing an amazing job, not even letting up. If you listen close enough, you can hear the words "If you can hear this whispering you're dieing." Very chilling. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and not too long after that, the song coems to an end, after a final stretch of Clare singing, knowing it is almost time to be over.
Money: Probably the most well known track. It starts out with the sounds of cash registers, and soon the all too familiar bass lines by Roger kicks in. One of the best in Rock music. The rest of the band kicks in here shortly, and the cash registers fade away. Gilmour comes in to sing once again. Missed him? The lyrics are, of course, about money, being the root of evil today, keeping hands off his stack, and things you can buy with it. And don't give him that goody good bull sheet. Soon, an awesome saxophone solo comes in. It really gets you off your feet and moving, I tell ya. You can hear some funky WAAHmmm WAAHmmm sounds too, which is funky and cool at the same time. Soon, the intensity increases, and the guitar solo kicks in. Aww year baby! You air guitaring yet? I hope you were during Time, cause I'm sorry to say but this guitar solo isn't as good as Time, in my opinion at least. After some more guitar soloing by Gilmour and some noodling around as the bass and drums break down a little, and some more intense soloing, the song finally returns back to earth. Gilmour decides to sing some more about money being a crime, and not taking a slice of his pie. The song slowly fades away, some voices can be heard, and it slowly drips into the next song.
Us And Them: My favorite song off this album! It starts out with some synth sounds, and then the guitar and drums kick in, with some light bass. The music here is really calming and peaceful. It really makes you reflect on yourself, even without lyrics. And if that wasn't enough, some really light playing sax comes on, making the song that much more cooler and more deeper. Gilmour and Rick sing together some on this song, but some of it is just Gilmour, such as here in the beginning. "And after all, we're only ordinary men..." Such a great line...the vocals are really great and haunting, as always. The lyrics here have to be my favorite off the whole album, and some of my favorite lyrics in general. Soon, the song intensefies for the chorus, and let me tell you, it really keeps the peaceful mood. Of course, we keep on with the usual verse here, with some more awesome sax and lyrics. "And in the end, it's only, round and round, and round." Did I tell you I love this song? Anyways, another chorus goes by, and then the singing stops, and it's keyboard solo time! A really great one, they really know how to make things feel similar and combine them, don't they? That is why Pink Floyd is so great, in my opinion. Oh what's that? A sax solo! Heck yeah! Once again, being a bit intense but yet keeping the mood peaceful. The chorus comes up, without singing (Well you got backup singers) with the sax soloing over, and man, it takes you places you've never been. The singing by Gilmour comes back again for another round. There isn't much more to the song by now, just some more singing and another chorus, and then all of a sudden...
Any Colour You Like: It kicks into this song, a very cool instrumental. It really gives the whole, rainbows colliding, colors bursting, and lines and shapes forming kind of feel. It feels like a black and paint picture being painted, with color slowly appearing. Animated rainbows form. The bass is great in this song, along with the steady beat by Nick. The synth to this song really gives the song this colorful tone. Overall, a short but very sweet song. It goes right into at the end...
Brain Damage: Probably my personal least favorite song off this album. I don't really know why, it isn't bad, but it just doesn't really stick with me. It starts with some nice guitar work, and the singing comes in, sung bt Roger Waters. It has some very interesting lyrics, and I give this song credit, I do love the chorus. A lot of singing about lunatics here, guys. During the chorus, there is a "Dark Side Of The Moon" name drop. Overall, it isn't a bad song, I give it a 7/10 (Dude, you can't go rating songs all of a sudden without going back and doing it to the others, oh well)
Eclipse: A short but sweet song, similar to Brain Damage, it is kind of a "last stand" song, if that makes sense. I don't really remember this song as much as the others, since I always think about the others more and this one is so short and is at the end. It is overall, short but sweet, but not what I would say, hugely rememberable. It's good, but not freaking great and out of this world (But this album is) It ends the same way it starts (and the same way life starts), with a heartbeat.
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