Classic Rock Corner

Is Pink Floyd's A Momentary Lapse of Reason Misunderstood or Just Bad?

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Bad openings plague the entire record. Four of the six full length noninstrumental tracks have intros that last over 30 seconds and none of them add anything to the songs. "Yet Another Movie" starts with over a minute of synth sounds that don't feel connected to the rest of the song, which is a shame because once the song starts it's actually pretty good.

It makes for a frustrating listen because buried behind the long intros and unnecessary sound effects is the foundation of what could be a good record.

"On The Turning Away" isn't a bad song, it's just a song that's trying a bit too hard. Imagine how great the first two minutes could have been if they had stripped away everything and just let Gilmour and his guitar breathe. The added synths and drums take a song that feels emotional and makes it corny. The song does recover nicely because Gilmour is a very good guitarist at the end of the day.

The standout track on the album is "One Slip." It also happens to be the only track where everything seems to come together for the band. The long intro is actually pretty interesting (although still unnecessary) but it does lead in to the first part of the song instead of feeling completely divorced from it. The song is almost funky and it's full of energy energy that is lacking from most of the record.

I can't help but think that if the band had just spent a few more months refining the songs this could have been something great. A track like "Sorrow" has potential, but the version on the album is four minutes too long and not particularly memorable.

If this was Pitchfork I'd give the record a solid 5.0. I can't forgive awful tracks like "The Dogs of War" and both parts of "The New Machine" but I can acknowledge that the record was a lot better than I was expecting. It even made me appreciate "Learning To Fly", although I don't seeing it popping up on my next air travel mixtape any time soon.

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Cory Garcia is a Contributing Editor for the Houston Press. He once won an award for his writing, but he doesn't like to brag about it. If you're reading this sentence, odds are good it's because he wrote a concert review you don't like or he wanted to talk pro wrestling.
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