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This Floyd studio album is a delicate sound of thunder.,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Audio CD)
It is now 1987 and Pink Floyd have been dormant for four years. We fans had read countless articles from the music press over that period of time saying that Floyd were dead. Roger Waters had seemed to have won the cold war as his 'Pros & Cons Of Hitchhiking' album had been released and he had toured America and Europe with playing Floyd songs to boot. God was on his side, literally because his new lead guitarist was God (Eric Clapton just in case you didn't know his nickname). But just when we had given up hope of seeing the brand name, Pink Floyd on any new product A Momentary Lapse Of Reason is released.
Hang on a moment, we had had no Floyd for years then all of a sudden we have more activity than something which is very active. Roger was following his own dream world with Pros & Cons, diverging from his bleak melancholy state and to venture into something quite unusual. Now here was Gilmour and Mason with Wright in toe proving that they equally had a right to the name Pink Floyd. The legal battles continued but us fans didn't care, we had Waters and Floyd.
OK, with Waters now out of the main picture, the Floyd could continue true to what fans would expect of Gilmour/Mason/Wright: great music. First and foremost was the great music. This was there first true musical adventure since Wish You Were Here (1975). What did surprise a lot of people was Gilmour's lyrics. It was like a reincarnation of Waters. They were sad (One Slip: about an unwanted pregnancy), untrusting (Dogs Of War) and cold (Sorrow). Gilmour admitted that some of Roger had worn off on him. Thanks Roger. Could us fans love a too happy Floyd, I don't think so.
This album to me sounds like a more joyful version of Animals (without Wright's superb piano) crossed with the moodiness of Wish You Were Here. Of course there is more to this album than that but it is not a smooth as David Gilmour by Gilmour (1978) or as barren as The Final Cut (1983). Indeed this album is almost seductive in parts. Look no further than Terminal Frost with its beautiful saxophone.
A good portion of the tracks from this album found there way onto the live album Delicate Sound Of Thunder but apart from Sorrow none are improved on. Sorrow also appeared on Pulse and again this is a superior version. It is my favourite track from AMLOR.
There are several more stand out tracks which include One Slip, On The Turning Away and Yet Another Movie.
This is a great chill out album. It is best heard in the dark, then again most Floyd albums are, but I ignore my wife when she says the power should be cut off too.
Just one final note. If you were wondering who plays bass on the album, it's the legend that is TONY LEVIN.
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