Anyone who is familiar with Floyd's work knows this is problably the most underrated album of the band. Well, maybe the problem with that opinion is the point of view. Many compare AMLOR with "Dark Side", "The Wall" or "Wish You Were Here". But if you do so, you'll have to compare these last three with "A Saucerful of Secrets" and "The Piper at The Gates of Dawn", for instance. And then you you will find the previous 3 superior to these last 2. This way of thinking would be terribly unfair, you know why? Because you can't compare orange with onions, or apples with beans! "The Piper" and "A Saucerful" are psychedelic classics, "Dark Side" and "wish You", along with "Animals", are progressive classics, and "The Wall" is the ultimate Opera Rock classic. All These albums above are amazing in their own ways!
But what is so good about AMLOR? This album, despite the absence of Waters (and let me remind you that "The Piper" didn't have Gilmour and "The Final Cut" didn't have Rick Wright), has a kind of space tune that makes you fell you're flying. It not only happens in "learning to fly", but in "one Slip", "yet anothe movie/round and round", "terminal frost" and "sorrow". "Learning to fly" has 'flying' as a theme, but the others give you that sensation by the music, mainly the guitar work by Gilmour.
The other 2 highlights of the album are "signs of life" and "on the turning away". The first sets the mood for the rest of the album, giving a mystery feeling. The second is a beautiful melody with great lyrics and an amazing guitar solo.
Many critics say that this album have weak parts, like "a new machine", I and II, and "the dogs of war". That's OK but, did "Vera" and "bring the boys back home" spoiled "The Wall"? What about "seamus" on "Meddle"?
Therefore, AMLOR is a true Floyd album, and is worth buying and listening, you won't regret. Put your phones on, lay back and look to the sky, 'cause that's where Pink Floyd is going to take you!!!