Pink Floyd- More
Written on January 4, 2010
Definitely for collectors only. More is a soundtrack album to the British film by the same name. There’s nothing bad about the album, but there’s nothing really exciting about it either. The music can be split into three groups. The main group of songs contains instrumental soundscapes. The second group contains some nice acoustic slow pieces that include vocals, and the third group contains two very heavy songs that also include vocals.
These instrumental soundscapes make up the bulk of the album, and 6 of he 13 tracks are completely instrumental. They are all pleasant enough, and I’m assuming they provide background music to different scenes in the film (which I haven’t seen). The best of these is the “Main Theme,” and it stands out due to some spacey keyboard work from Richard Wright. “Dramatic Theme” also stands out as a soundscape due to some cool sound effects. (Click here to listen to Main Theme)
Slow Acoustic Pieces:
This group contains 4 songs: “Cirrus Minor,” “Crying Song,” “Green is the Colour,” and Cymbaline”. “Green is the Colour” is the best of these, and it is my favorite track on the album. It has a great Celtic texture to it, and it reminds me of the Jethro Tull song “Broadford Bazaar,” from their 1978 Heavy Horses album. (Click here to listen to Green Is The Colour)
Then there are two uncharacteristically heavy songs for Floyd, especially for this time period. Floyd incorporated a certain amount of heaviness in Animals from ’77, and The Wall from ’79, but it was almost the bitterness and cynicism of those albums that made them sound Heavy, where as “The Nile Song” and “Ibiza Bar” from this album are both just straight up hard rock songs with lots of distorted guitar and scratchy vocals. Ultimately, I don’t think either song is performed very well, mainly because they just don’t sound like Pink Floyd, and I don’t think Floyd plays this type of music very well. I’ll also point out that both songs remind me of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter,” and I don’t really like that song for the same reasons I don’t like these two Floyd tracks. (Click here to listen to The Nile Song)
All in all, I’d skip this one unless you’re a completest and want to own every Floyd album. I will close by saying that although this album doesn’t do much for me, don’t count Pink Floyd out of the film soundtrack business because their 1972 release Obscured by Clouds is also a film soundtrack album, and it is fantastic and probably the most underrated album in their catalog.
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