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Floyd '77 - Animals
Animals - Pink Floyd
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Animals - Pink Floyd
Advantages: Psychedelic sounds and excellent vocals and guitar from Waters and Gilmour.
Disadvantages: Length of the songs is just insane. some are incredibly short, others overly long!
'Animals' is British band Pink Floyd's tenth studio album released in January 1977. It is a concept album focusing on the political implications of the 1970s, and entales a considerably different musical sound from the bands earlier albums. Described as a progressive-rock band, Floyd were at the forefront of world music for several decades from the late 60s onwards and were widely known for their large scale live shows, elaborate album art and experimental 'psychedelic' sound.
1. Pigs on the wings, part 1
3. Pigs (three different ones)
5. Pigs on the wings, part 2
'Pigs on the wings, part 1' is a 1 minute 25 second opening song focused around a lightly strummed guitar chord progression and a wonderful vocal performance from Roger Waters who is reported to have wrote the whole song himself. It has to said, the song is over far too quickly, and this isn't a good thing because its really well put together, despite its lack of many instrumental layers or depth of sound.
'Dogs' opens with a similar acoustic sound experienced in track one, however this time David Gilmour's voice appears through the mist of sound. Shortly after, an excellent opening guitar solo is sounded as the drums, bass guitar and key board heighten in intensity. Gilmour displays great technical accuracy with his magnificant guitar sounds - through both solo and background performance.
One thing I love about this song is the use of actual dogs. Remarkably, when recording their live album of Animals, they actually let a dog bark and 'sing' along with the band, which seemed to work really well - unbelievably. Annoyingly, Dogs is the only track Gilmour performs lead vocals in, which is a real shame as I do prefer his voice, despite how much I enjoy Waters.
'Pigs (three different ones)' begins with guitar, keyboard, and yes, pigs! Pigs sound in the background momentarily before Richard Wright and Nick Mason enter with drum and organ sounds. I really enjoy the lyrics in this track, but more particularly the way Waters expresses those lyrics - the tone of his voice is excellent.
"Bus stop rat bag, ha, ha, charade you are, you f**cked up old hag" - The chorus is unusual yet strangly catchy.
The track is 11 minutes and 21 seconds, but yet again you're left wanting, needing more. Gilmour's tranforming guitar sections are utterly encapsulating, you never want to stop listening. It's a good job Floyd made so many albums - and even better that the majority of the band are still producing music through their solo careers.
Gilmour's solo which enters at 9:39 is full of reverbed guitar note bends and complex workings of the scales.
'Sheep' enters with, yes, sheep! Sheep sounds are heard before and during the entrance of a bluesy keyboard section from Wright. Then bass tapping begins to build and increase from the belly of the track. Before long the keyboard and bass have collided with a simple yet and effective drum beat, but thats shattered by Waters and his amazing vocals as he shatters across the track to a strengthening of instrumental sound. The song is up-beat and catchy as anything. Waters drawn out vocals add to the intensity of the track, and Gilmour's jittery guitar sections only build the song up to greater heights.
It's at the centre of the track that everything begins to die down, only to be unsettled by a suttle but striking guitar phrase from Gilmour, and inevitable return to up-beat tempo of the song.
I love how well produced and formatted this track is. To say electrical technologies weren't that impressive in the 1970's, the pyschedelic sounds Floyd produce here in the interludes are truely immense. Even today it sounds futurely!
'Pigs on the wings, part 2' seems to litterally continue from where part 1 left off, the only difference is it's 1 second shorter in length. Whether that has any significance it's unclear, but I'm sure theres some kind of political reference in there somewhere.
The album is very well put together, despite having all sorts of oddities within. For one, the length of songs changes more dramatically than any album I've ever listened to... whether that's a bad thing,I don't know, but to be honest I just find it interesting. This is clearly a band that was trying to break as many barriers in music and music production as they could, and for that I applaud them.
Summary: A first class album from one of the UKs greatest ever bands in album sales and world appreciation