An old friend recently admonished (that's pronounced fussed at) me for not blogging in about fifteen months, so I thought maybe I'd dip my toe into these tepid waters and see what happens. No promises — thanks for tuning in.
Speaking of tepid waters, here's a quick review of the new Pink Floyd album, The Endless River.
What? Yes, Pink Floyd, purveyors of the evergreen Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here have put out a new album. It is called (as you've guessed, based on the above) The Endless River. I was able to listen to a copy of it last night. There are two versions of the album, one slightly longer than the other with a few more songs, and the band features Gilmour, Mason, and Wright — the same lineup as on The Division Bell from twenty years ago, their previous studio release. Most bands with some history go through several personnel changes (see also: Van "Hagar"), and Pink Floyd has been around for damn near 50 years now.
Which brings me to the point, I suppose. This sort of sounds like a Pink Floyd album. There are hints of previous incarnations of the band, there are allusions to their days of greatness. Mostly, though, it's an atmospheric meandering which sounds a lot like the instrumentation from The Division Bell. Indeed, most of the material is in fact from unused snippets and bits from the recording of The Division Bell. Some people didn't care for The Division Bell, I liked some of it (especially the ironically-named High Hopes, containing the lyric "the endless river" for which this latest effort is named). The material that didn't make it onto The Division Bell, though, rightly should have stayed on the cutting room floor. Instead, we have this... well, this latest work, resurrecting those zombie pieces. Unfortunately, Pink Floyd could have named this new album Endless Drivel, because that's mostly what it is.
I'm sorry guys. I really appreciate the effort, and I'll give it a few more spins (? can you spin mp3s?) — but as things stand now, I don't think this one makes the grade, and I don't see it growing on me over time. Vocalization really would have helped. What's it all about? The Division Bell was all about communication, which makes it a bit odd that so little is said in this work, twenty years in the making.
Ok, I won't belabor the point any further. I don't do the "stars" thing here and this isn't really a music blog — I'm just some dude with an opinion. Give it a listen if you like, but if you're expecting good things from The Endless River, I think you'll be disappointed.