Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Reviewer: Mujtaba M Badr - 2014-11-20
Highlights: Louder than Words
I don’t think Pink Floyd need any introduction, or even need to be reviewed. Because, unless you are coming from the stone ages, Pink Floyd is one of the greatest, if not THE GREATEST, bands in history of rock, and music in general. Their entire career and work, is louder than words, oh wait!
When earlier this year, the news of new Pink Floyd release started to circle around, it was the best news to ever hear in years, even if it was just a left out music from the Division Bell sessions, and even if it was later confirmed as mostly instrumental, I was highly thrilled to hear it. Why, you may ask, it’s simply because what is unique about Pink Floyd is their instrumental parts, mainly David Gilmour guitar playing. I know I know, nothing will tops The Wall, which is relying on narration than instrumentation, but in the heart, a real Pink Floyd fan should love both sides of Pink Floyd, lyrics and music.
Now, let’s get more into “The Endless River”. Firstly, the artwork, which was a proud moment for the Arabic/Middle Eastern rock scene, since an Egyptian young man fill on the boots of legendary Hypnoses (the guys who made most of Pink Floyd cover), and he pulled a quite great artwork, that continue the Floydian tradition and capture the spirit of the music within the album at the same time.
To describe “The Endless River”, the best way to describe it, as an instrumental journey through the entire history of Pink Floyd, there are moments that will satisfy each Pink Floyd era fan. You have for example, “Skins”, which sound like something as old as “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun”. While on the other side, you have “Allons-y” that sounds like instrumental parts from “The Wall”, and “Talkin’ Hawkin’”, sound more parallel to the late Division Bell.
After the instrumental journey, you will be treated with the only song with vocals, “Louder than Words”, (while neglecting Stephen Hawking samples in Talkin’ Hawkin’). Louder than Words is most probably will be the last song we will hear from Pink Floyd, and it fits, both lyrically and musically. Lyrically, it’s written by David Gilmour wife, and it’s a tribute to the Pink Floyd legacy, and their impact on the whole music. Despite the band trying to only focus on their latest line-up, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and the late Richard Wright, even in the song promo video. I, as Floyd fan, believe that the entire legacy of Pink Floyd, including Syd Barrett and more importantly Roger Waters, is louder than the words, and I will always think of this song, as a tribute for their entire career. While musically, the song is more of a David Gilmour song moment, filled with his signature guitar work, it’s as classic as his early 70s work.
This album is more than a Richard Wright swan song, it’s a Pink Floyd swan song, an elegy if we may say. Pink Floyd, will always be louder than words, larger than life, it will be a name to be remembered generations after generations. Thank you Pink Floyd, for everything
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