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2017-07-05

The Endless River

From a formal point of view, The Endless River is not so “new”, as in many respects its compositions are based on records and experiments of twenty years ago, made during the work on The Division Bell. On the other hand, in the musical component of the new disc, Pink Floyd, the time of his heyday, the times of The Dark Side of the Moon, is more than Pink Floyd in the last 35 years. But why? And, most importantly, why now? I do not think that the reason for this should be sought in the desire to nostalgic, which usually means the exploitation of previous successes in favor of commercial interest and instead of real creation. No. Pink Floyd belongs to that insignificant category of musical groups that have long been in need of doing something purely for the sake of money. The “official” point of view says that the album is dedicated to Richard Wright, the group’s permanent keyboard player, who died in 2008 from cancer.

But one way or another, with the release of this album, fans got the opportunity to immerse them in the “Pink Floyd atmosphere”, which is not transmitted in other ways, filled with long solos, which cannot be confused with any others, music that speaks in the listeners with a feeling of self-oblivious melancholy, and at the same time – Delicate pleasure. And those who are familiar with the work of the group more deeply can enjoy, as it were, communication (or farewell?) With the past, realized through numerous stylistic and musical hints, “references” addressed to the previous compositions by Pink Floyd. Somewhere, this is a fragment of the solo from Another Brick in the Wall; somewhere – the old recording of Rick Wright playing on the organ in Royal Albert Hall, marked on the track as “Autamn’68” (nothing more than a bow in the direction of “Summer’68” from the album Atom Heart Mother, 1970). Two compositions that open The Endless River: “Things Left Unsaid …” and “It’s What We Do”, with their sad, measured rhythm make us recall the beginning of another album, also dedicated to the memory of a lost friend (we are talking about the founder of the band Side Barrette and Wish album You Were Here, 1975).

There are also direct insertions from the previous works in the album: this is the “radio” – the voice from Loss of Words (The Division Bell), again repeating to us “In the middle of the third minute of the new composition Talking” All we need to do is make sure we keep talking ” ‘Hawking’, and a guitar staccato from The Wall in Sum, and the second part of It is What We Do, which is nothing more than another variation on Shine on…

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