Released in 1971, Meddle by Pink Floyd marked a transition in the group’s sound between the the Syd Barrett era and the band that went on to make Dark Side Of The Moon. Meddle contains the experimental epic Echoes, which takes up the whole of side two and features creative input from the entire band.
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7/10 Mr Pearls Brain 30th September 2016
Two good bits here. One of These Days is a balls out rocker with a bass line that goes bong-a-donga-da the whole time while the rest of the band pluck up the courage to freak out properly, which they eventually do. Brilliant, and remained a live staple for, like, forever, but got slower as the years went on. Echoes is a side-long epic made out of a nice simple song with a massive experimental soundscape bit in the middle. Sort of a prog Jaffa cake. Check the Pompeii video they did for how difficult it was to do that stuff back then, not like these days when you can do it all on computers in five minutes flat (goes on showing his age for far too long).
The rest... meh. Seamus is a blues pastiche, silly and missable. The Roger Waters ballad-y ones I never like, Fearless I also find a bit tedious. Not perfect, but with enough brilliant bits that you want to have it.
Why a nose? No idea...
10/10 Jack 19th September 2016
Meddle may be my favourite Pink Floyd album. Of course that changes from day to day, but Meddle is one of the regular contenders. This album is so musical and not stale. Each track stands completely independent from the other. Meddle is also noteworthy for its soft, lush singing by various Floyd members, which adds to the dreamy effects. "San Tropez," sung and written by a younger and seemingly less angst-filled Waters, has a loungey vibe to it, half exotic, half cheesball, but actually an unexpected curve from this usually spaced out, psychedelic foursome.
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