So, I'm a little late on the scene for this, but I wanted to talk about my love for this album specifically. I had seen this album by Pink Floyd for as long as I can remember, but I never had any interest in listening to it since it was older and everyone had heard it (I have hipster tendencies). But one day I was at Urban Outfitters looking through their book section as I usually do, and I stumbled upon a book titled "1,001 Albums You Should Listen To Before You Die" and I happen to come upon this one. I had seen the album cover on countless T-shirts, but I had never actually listened to it so I went on YouTube and heard the whole thing from beginning to end. It was...magical to say the least. I remember hearing the beginning and admittedly being disturbed by all the noise in the background, but once Breathe (In the Air) came on everything changed. I was drawn into to the music as though someone had put a spell on me. I thought the whole track was amazing and it opened my eyes to a new era of music that I won't forget and hopefully not escape from.
What makes this album special is that it's continuous and harmonious. The album never stops and every song blends into the other which provides a different experience than the music we listen to today where every song has to be different.
Speak to Me is actually a great track since it foreshadows the remaining tracks on the album. Breathe (In the Air) is an excellent track and it's one of my favorites. It has a soft and mellow sound to it with great bass and slow keyboard effects. I absolutely love the calm nature of it which was a contrast to the lyrics since they talk about living life the same way and "racing towards another grave". On the Run also has an eerie yet interesting sound since the tempo of the drums signal a rushing forward in time which leads to the next song called Time. This song is also an amazing and interesting piece beginning with the sounds of ticking and alarms in the beginning. The lyrics are also haunting speaking of wasting time and how each moment we're alive we are closer to death. It's a moving piece and speaks to me personally about not wasting the life I was given. This song also had amazing guitar and a chorus of women in the background serenading us and accompanying the amazing guitar playing.
The Great Gig in the Sky is another instrumental song that goes on for a while. I am personally not a fan of this song so I won't say much about it other than the beginning is very soft which perfectly plays off of Time. However intermingled is a solo of a woman singing wildly. Money is similar to Time in the sense that it has a long pause where nothing is said but the guitar and music is fantastic.It also starts with the sounds of coins jingling and a cash register making a sale. In this song saxophone is incorporated giving this song more than just a rock feel to it. The crossing over of genres creates a depth that most rock songs (especially those of today) simply don't have. I enjoy the message of Money as well. It blatantly exposes how we hold money in such high esteem and we crave it more than anything and even though we should do goo with our money and spread it to those in need, ultimately we will not and keep it to ourselves.
Us and Them is a very soft piece that also sends a very powerful message.
"Us and them and after all we're only ordinary men" and "For want of the price of tea and a slice the old man died"
This piece talks about war and how though we are fighting against each other, we are essentially the same. It has a very slow and soft beginning, but then picks up around the middle to a much more intense sound and then to slow down again. Any Colour You Like is also an excellent instrumental (another one of my favorites). It as amazing guitar the whole time and even has a bit of a funky beat to it while still maintaining the consistency of the entire album.
Brain Damage and Eclipse can go hand in hand. I believe Brain Damage is a song that speaks of schizophrenia judging by the lyrics, but I'm not 100% sure. Lastly Eclipse is a perfect partner to Brain Damage and it wraps up the entire album with the statement that there is no dark side of the moon, but instead it's all dark and the moon eclipses the sun.
The album is a work of art and definitely something that deserves its place in music history. If you haven't heard of it (like I hadn't) here's the link for the full album on YouTube or you can listen on Spotify.