The Endless River [CD]

  • Artist: Pink Floyd
  • SKU: 9492271
  • Release Date: 11/10/2014
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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A decent final album

    Posted
    Bat15
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    THE ENDLESS RIVER. This is and will be the final Pink Floyd album. It is based on music recorded by Richard while they were making Division Bell. David and Nick added much material to it, thus turning it into a real group project. (Nick gets his first writing credit since Dark Side.) Out of the 18 songs (21 on the expanded version), there is only one that is not an instrumental. (Two if you count Stephen Hawking's narration on one instrumental.# Louder Than Words was written by David's wife, and is sung by him. The song deals with the alienation among friends. It is a good song. The music can't be described as rock music. It is astral, new age music. #My wife, who is not a Pink Floyd fan, described this as planetarium music.) I generally prefer songs over instrumentals; so initially I liked only Louder Than Words and the last song on the extended version, Nervana. However, on further listening the album has grown on me. It is somewhat dominated by Richard. This album is driven by Richard as it was based on his recordings, mostly from 1994 but some dating back to the 1960s. The instrumentals are at least good, with some of the better ones harking back to Echoes and Shine On You Crazy Diamond. Many of the songs have small cues to previous albums, which is appropriate for the final album. Between the album being almost entirely instrumentals and the good lyrics on the one song, Roger is not missed. It's a very pleasant sounding album, but it's not that memorable. The only great song is Nervana. Nervana is the only rock oriented instrumental, harkening back to Interstellar Overdrive from the very first Pink Floyd album. Unfortunately Nervana is only available on the extended version, which comes with a DVD or Blu-Ray and costs almost twice as much. The other two songs on the extended version are completely forgettable, which makes the one great song very expensive. On the whole Pink Floyd are going out neither on a high note nor a low note.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice summation.

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    Gorn
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    I had some advance notice that the latest (and probably final) album from Pink Floyd had 'droppings' from Rick Wright's efforts from the 1994 album "The Division Bell" and again did not feature Roger Waters (even though the thaw between him and David Gilmour had subsided of late). As such, I had little expectations yet wanted to buy this CD to see what it offered. I found this album to be mellow, yet again mind-drifting as many of their albums have provided over the years, as all the songs on "The Endless River" are instrumental except for the finale and the 'Talkin' Hawking song featuring the unique voice there-in. I found this album to have some really nice chord progressions worthy of Pink Floyd's final effort while giving praise to its deceased member Wright, and his final efforts, while bringing some music whose style was reminiscent of some of their earliest work from the days of "UmmaGumma". That was nice to listen to. Is it a great album? No, however it is a good album that does seem to go full circle and back to some of their earliest work while providing some new sounds that keep that mind-drifting abilities that so many Pink Floyd songs and albums induce. 3 stars out of 5, and thanks to that entire band (Waters and Barrett included) for some great music these past 40+ years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Music is simply mesmerizing its chords!!!

    Posted
    Streletcz

    I could hardly wait for the release of the new album to be on sale. Yesterday I had bought it !!! Well, what to say? This album is like a good brandy made in the good old tradition: the more it withstood the stronger, aromatic and delicious it becomes. It was a great pleasure to listen to that! Music is simply mesmerizing its chords. A soul of this group merged in this album for all the years of its existence. Sometimes audible notes of farewell and separation and this is somehow sad that such a rock band will never release any album. I can say only one thing - a beautiful and stunning final album, which is at the level of the previous one. Thank you Pink Floyd for this gift !!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Fitting Tribute To Richard Wright

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    tmaxx
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    The Endless River has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions, when David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason played freely together at Britannia Row and Astoria studios. This was the first time they had done so since the Wish You Were Here sessions in the seventies. In 2013 David Gilmour and Nick Mason revisited the music from those sessions and decided that the tracks should be made available as part of the Pink Floyd repertoire. If you liked "The Division Bell", you will like this album. If you like the sound of Gilmour's guitar, you will like this album. If you liked the music on "The Division Bell", but were disappointed by the lyrics, (as I was) you will love the fact that most of these songs are instrumentals.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very disapointed

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    Dino
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    I was pumped when I got the album as I have been a Pink Floyd fan for 35 years. The Wall was a soundtrack to my teenage years and and the other releases from the 70s are all clasics. Even with Roger Waters departure both Lapse of Reason and Division Bell were excellent. Saw them in the Dome in the late 80s and they were fantastic. Honestly this album just seemed like outakes. Stuff thrown together that was not good enough to make there prior albums. And only 1 vocal track which was ok but I expected much more. I will miss them but younger fans would be better off getting anything other than this one. Average at best and Pink Floyd was anything but average.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lost gems or leftovers...you make the call.

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    Stillrockin55
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    This album is a collection of music apparently left off of either 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason' and/or 'The Division Bell'. All but one are instrumentals which might cause some to hesitate on getting this album. Many of the pieces here compare well with the instrumentals on the other albums but, quite honestly, some may feel these are just pieces that 'didn't make the cut'. I prefer to think of them as pieces that, while good, didn't fit into the theme of the above albums. If you like this version of Pink Floyd, you should like this...but you'll have to make the call yourself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A very tranquil Pink Floyd album

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    LadyJerrico
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    I've heard people slam this one, but for me, I find it very peaceful. Those who are more into Pink Floyd and know all their albums have said these songs are "left overs" of instrumentals they put together for this album, it flows beautiful and after a stressful day, sans the last song (which is why I gave it 4 stars, that somewhat ruined the tranquility of the entire album because of vocals in a dark way), I would highly suggest this for anyone who is high stressed, and in need of an anxiety relief, just skip the very last song.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Coda to a career

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    CoryC
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    Unfortunately, Pink Floyd already has a song named "Echos", becuase that would be a perfect name for this album. This album is a mostly instrumental tribute to Rick Wright and he features prominently on this album, but this album is much more than a reoworked batch of outtakes from the Division Bell. This album has the ebb and flow and the bluesy and jazzy grooves of all the great Floyd albums. This is an album, meant to be listened to from start to finish, and while it features little touches of past, it stands out a great ending to the greatest career in rock.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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