Saturday, April 09, 2005


What has happened to those past years when the Pink Floyd used to create such a good music? In the article called Weighty taken from Q Magazine, published in May 1994 and transcribed by Zobiezee, the author does an album review of the Pink Floyd's album titled The Division Bell. The author wants to present this album to the audience and let them know about everything related to each song, and talk about the good and bad things from the album.

The Division Bell is an album where David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason worked on. These three members of the band started improvising together because they wanted to have the Floyd again doing something new. They thought that their new album took them to back to their Golden Age; a long time ago, when they did not have any kinds of problems as the ones they had with Waters, and before they separated from Barrett.

The author says that the recovery of the past is more than a matter of propaganda. This is because Wright had first lead vocal since 1973. Dick Parry, the band's old sax associate, re-emerged like a synbolic seal on the moddle aged Pink Floyd's retrospective yearnings, since his last appearance in 1975. After Parry was apart from the music for so many years, he decided he wanted to play again with the Great Pink Floyd.

For the author the music of Pink Floyd is hallmaked because they are unmistakable. They sure are. They can make music and sounds from different kinds of thing, even from some eggs frying. Their music sounds terrific. They just sort of stand there and do it. Audience speculation is encouraged, and that's very well the point. The writter says that there's a song from the album called What Do You Want From Me, where Gilmour the rock star, being striden and angry, bitches at his audience. But with his guitar in a most atately fury and the girls soul-choiring along, it's just plain weighty. There's also another song addressed to a friend now distanced, but it depends on the people who listen to the song, to decide to whom is referred to, if Waters or Barrett: "Why did we tell you then/You were always the Golden Boy." This song makes the whole album to fall from grace.

The author blames Gilmour to be the respnsible one who leaded the band to lose their intensity. He thinks that his guitar playing falls too often into the expected patterns, those patterns are indetifiable, but not distinguished. Maybe it is true, but I think that no matter what, Gilmour is one of the best guitarists of all times, and t doesn't matter how often he moves into the routine. Everyone knows that he's capable to whatever he wants to do in his solos, he is really quality.

There's another song where Gilmour groans that he's drowning in a sea of failed communication, it's probably with his wife, or perhaps with Waters yet again? Loss for Words is another song that survives the loss brand identify very well, it seems that Gilmour adopted a distinctly Dylanish drawl.

Still the Division Bell is musically immutable Pink Floyd style, awash with reminders and back references. At the end of the article, the author makes an open question to everyone, "Consider how peculiarly hard is to imagine what reactions this album would've proveked if Pink Floyd were unknown and this were their debut"? Now, this album might have been withheld from public. I still liked it.


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