Pink Floyd - The Endless River review

Posted at January 17th, 2015 | by Sapta.rishi | in

 

There are two kinds of Pink Floyd fans in the world. Those who have delved into the annals of the iconic band’s acclaimed discography and admired the ethereal soundscapes right from their first release and those, who embraced the angst-ridden poetic madness that Roger Waters penned down during the The Wall-era and ignored the ambient instrumental genius of the band’s humble beginnings. When The Endless River was announced earlier this year as a collection of instrumental tracks salvaged from the band’s monumental history, reactions were mixed. If you are looking for anthem-ic choruses and lyrics questioning authority, stop right here and read no more. If not, then The Endless River is sure to induce some heartfelt nostalgia with its spectacular instrumental wizardry present in the album’s nearly hour-long runtime.

 

With a career that spanned almost half a century, Pink Floyd’s latest offering serves as a perfect homage to theband’s former synth player Richard Wright who passed away from cancer in 2008. Churned out from unreleased outtakes and musical pieces worth of 20 hours, The Endless River fondly pays tribute to Wright byhaving a plethora of tracks with some of his finest material till date. An avid fan will recognize the similarity or ‘vibe’ of the tracks to those of The Division Bell. This is mainly because most of the material featured in The Endless River was composed and recorded during the band’s last release.

 

Right from the album art that features a man rowing a boat atop a river of clouds, the record showcases a seamless aural atmosphere that is peppered with the classic Floydian sound. Haters may state the album as a jam session with some guitar and synth noodling here and there but die-hard Pink Floyd are in for a treat. The band exhibits the much-loved poignant musicianship reminiscent of earlier albums like Ummagumma and Interstellar Overdrive. Some of the tracks are peppered with the signature post-The Wall sound with the trademark Fender sound by Gilmour along with keyboard and synth mastery by Wright. This is mainly evident on tracks like “It’s What We Do”, “Sum”, Allons-y (1) and “Talkin’ Halkin” (That also features vocal records of physicist Stephen Hawking). Though mostly falling under prog rock, there are tinges and hints of space-rock and ambient throughout the record. Drummer Nick Mason has been a perfect fit for the band and has shown his frenetic side in the track “Skins”. The last track “Louder than Words” will catch you by surprise as it’s the only track with vocals and serves as an ideal album closer.Instead of individual songs, the album shines as a whole and needs to be experienced in one uninterrupted listen.

 

 

So, what makes The Endless River special as the penultimate record in the band’s illustrious and legendary career? To be honest, not much. You won’t find any path-breaking tracks in this record that Pink Floyd has churned out in earlier records. Instead, you may just ignore much of the progressive goodness and pass it off as redundant filler tracks. Well, on a bigger picture, The Endless River serves as a perfect farewell to the British group’s genre-defining career that inspired and touched countless of lives all around the world and will continue to do so in the future. The band does not NEED to achieve anything else and hence, The Endless River will forever be a testimony to their musical prowess and impact on world culture instead of being just another record. A band that eclipsed entire generations and pioneered psychedelia, Pink Floyd could not have ended their career on a better note. Like the lyrics in “Louder than Words” – “Gonna tap out the rhythm/ Let’s go with the flow/ wherever it goes/ We’re more than alive” – Pink Floyd’s music is not restricted to 15 records. It will go on forever, just like The Endless River.

Sapta.rishi

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