Pink Floyd – The Endless River – Parlophone/Columbia Records

Floyd in XXI Century: The Ambient Side of the Moon.

Finally, the Endless River, the comeback (and so called swansong) album of Pink Floyd.  Based on 20 hours of unreleased material with jam sessions with Rick Wright (dead in 2008) and with sounds captured in 5 studios from 1968 to the current year, this album is mostly instrumental, showing a beautiful ambient side, long forgotten by the band itself, since the days prior to The Dark Side of The Moon.

If you’ll die-hard fan, this is a must-have since the album has touches of Soundtrack from the Film More, Ummagumma and of course, the “David Gilmour era” of The Division Bell with his trademark guitars.

Also, the drummer Nick Manson has really cool drum fills to show up, attesting that he’s in perfect form in 2014!

Although this is a tribute to Rick, there ARE additional keyboards played by non-line up musicians such as Jon Carin and Damon Iddins, so one can infer this is not ENTIRELY based on the works of Wright.

Oh and Canadian producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss) , albeit not producing the album, does some additional bass guitars.

There is a sung track – Louder than Words  – that was deemed anticlimactic by the mainstream press, but it sounds good, maybe because I heard the deluxe edition which contains 3 additional tracks which gives the impression that the album is back to its initial intentions.

The Endless River, like ANY Pink Floyd album is already a classic that will stay for generations to taste the finest sounds the old Floyd could get, with calm ambient parts and solid rock parts intertwined. It’s not a downer (forget what the great press says, they don’t understand rock music), it’s indeed a beautiful final (???) statement of the only and one Pink Floyd!

The Endless River is going to be release on November 7th via Parlophone in UK and November 10th via Columbia Records in United States.

(Daniel Death)

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