Key To Music Grades

A - You will never be whole without it
B - Highly recommended
C - Flawed, but still pretty good
D - It's your money, not mine
F - Why couldn't this have been burned in Fahrenheit 451?

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell (1994)

Just when you thought Momentary was a one-off we've-got-to-do-something-without-Roger album, nearly seven years later our fading heroes produce this, The Division Bell. Sure, it's wicked tasty when compared to Momentary -- but, too little, too late. The glimmers of old Floyd appear primarily on the last five tracks (the only ones I will admit to liking) and mostly because of Gilmour's vocals and guitar. But the child is grown, the dream is gone. The band has seen better days. The house is gone and fade away. Fortunately, everything post-Wall doesn't damage anything for me. These guys were amazing, and are every time I listen to them. And tell me, about whom was Gilmour alluding to when he sings, "So I open my door to my enemies / And ask could we wipe the slate clean / But they tell me to please go and fuck myself / You know, you just can't win." C-


bob_vinyl said...

While I wouldn't put it up there with Floyd's best work, I think Division Bell is their best work since Animals (and better than any of Waters' incredibly boring solo work) and that's largely due to the return of Rick Wright to the creative process. With the exception of "Take It Back" (which I like to blame on Bob Ezrin anyway), the album gets back to that airy sound that is filled out by Wright's writing and playing.

Jeff said...

Once I agree with Bob, this is definitely their best album since Animals. It was definitely good to see Rick Wright taking a major role in the songwriting process, and his vocals on Wearing the Inside Out were great, and it is probably one of the strongest songs on the album. This album was a good return to that great Floyd sound. And regarding those lyrics, it seems like a lot of the album had lyrics directed to Waters.

The Mad Hatter said...

Ah, more indirect snubs of The Wall. Bah to both of you!