Pink Floyd are back with their first studio album in 20 years. It's a predominantly instrumental, ambient affair with only the final track, "Louder Than Words", featuring lyrics, and is in part a tribute to their deceased keyboardist Richard Wright. The double LP doesn't feature Roger Waters, however, because he's too busy doing other stuff..
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6/10 Penrith Steve 11th November 2014
“The Endless River” is an 18-track epic. It is all instrumental bar the final track “Louder than Words”. The album is a tribute to keyboard player Richard Wright who died in September 2008. The music has been rediscovered from the 1993 “Division Bell” sessions, some tracks have been added to, some have been reworked.
The album starts just as you would imagine it to – wispy, ethereal synths fade in with Dave Gilmour’s volume-controlled guitar sliding in above like air, reminiscent of “Where Were You” by Jeff Beck. When the drums come in, there are no mistaking Nick Mason’s soft booms.
It is an exercise in retro-ambiance, harking back to the days of double progressive rock LPs that had one or two tracks per side and long instrumental passages, with one major difference - half the tacks here are under two minutes long. The album plays out like a film score, one long piece with the occasional dramatic lift cracking the ambiance (“Skins”, “Allons-Y” (Parts 1&2)). It’s not a great deal different to what Pink Floyd have been doing since “The Wall” and fans will no doubt love it.
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