Pink Floyd ‘The Endless River’ Review
Delving into ‘The Endless River’ is an experience much like slipping into an alternate universe. The opening tracks resemble what one would imagine to be playing as you arise into space, gazing out into unlimited realms, leaving the earth far behind. This is a quality that Pink Floyd mastered long ago; an other-worldly pleasure in their music. It is the distinctive and adored sound of one of history’s most ingenious and influential bands. It is the psychedelic transcendence that they expertly produce from synthesizers, electric guitar, bass guitar, drum, vibraphone and organ – to name a few. This extraordinary enchantment is present in ‘The Endless River’ just as it was long before, in the musical path that Pink Floyd have carved so remarkably.
The opening track, ‘Things Left Unsaid’ feels particularly ethereal and transcendental, a commendable aspect indeed as it evokes our excitement from the outset. Slow and celestial, it creates an awareness of surroundings and draws us in, to a moment in time.
However, ‘The Endless River’ is much more than tranquil. It too jolts with a divine rock groove – as in ‘Allons-Y (1)’ which when absorbed, gives us the urge to move. That energetic impact is an essential injection of vitality for this album – primarily achieved from spectacular riffs and chords. The devastatingly beautiful piano composition in ‘The Lost Art of Conversation’ is another mentionable instrumental success. With running water looming in the background, it is a significantly soothing piece. Brief, but beautiful.
‘Louder Than Words’, the only track with prominent vocals is undeniably a highlight. Its fascinating lyrics provide the song with immense charisma and leave us wishing for a greater use of lyrics and vocals throughout the album. David Gilmour’s mature, deep voice is so very warming – and when matched with the breathy rasp of a backing vocalist, the result is even more satisfying.
With its length, dominating instrumental and rare vocal usage, this album admittedly may be a little hard to endure with a constant level of engrossment. However that said, each track is individually captivating. ‘The Endless River’ is an adequate final bow for a band that have always delivered what they have here – stunning instrumental and a unique, timeless, unforgettable sound.
Review by Shannon Welby