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?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (1987)

My wife and I refer to this album as "Permanent Lapse Of Reason" because it seemeth as though our musical heroes began a torpid duration in a strait-jacket on methylphenidate and forgot to color outside the lines with crayons like they always did. Surely, Waters' departure had something to do with it, but we had already learned that these blokes just couldn't play nice anymore and that Waters had exhausted his creative faculties on The Wall as evidenced by his genuine lack of anything on The Final Cut. Good show, jolly rabbit! To be nice, this album is a fair representation of the other band members musical abilities. "On The Turning Away" is simply wonderful. To a lesser extent, "Learning To Fly" seems like it was a great song, but they kept working on it to become a hit and so it goes that it's not as good. Icky ick. "Dogs Of War?" Yuck. All this album proves, with the FInal Cut as its companion piece, is that Roger and David needed each other to make amazing music; this is just David's solo album, and apparently he tried to top Waters' shitty post-war dream with this syphilitic ick. This is just blahhhhhhhhhh. You guys are my favorite band -- how could you do this to me ? D+


Jeff said...

A Momentary Lapse of Reason was alright... I'm a Gilmour fan so I think it's a hundred times better than the trash of The Final Cut (trash might be a compliment.) It has its good moments but they're too far and few in between. I would say The Division Bell would go on to improve their sound without Waters but it all was just a lack luster job of trying to remind us of the golden age of Floyd.

The Mad Hatter said...

I actually prefer The Final Cut to this, which isn't saying much. Division Bell is much better than both, though -- not by much. But yes, the twinkles of former brilliance do appear.