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A Momentary Lapse Of Reason [Original recording remastered]

Pink Floyd Audio CD
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1. Signs Of Life
2. Learning To Fly
3. The Dogs Of War
4. One Slip
5. On The Turning Away
6. Yet Another Movie (6a Round And Around)
7. A New Machine (Part 1)
8. Terminal Frost
9. A New Machine (Part 2)
10. Sorrow

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Though many predicted that Roger Waters's acrimonious split with the band after 1983's aptly named Final Cut would ultimately spell the end of Pink Floyd, the remaining band members confounded pundits by extending their status as classic rock's most ponderous dinosaurs into the 1990s and beyond. And if the title was a gentle jab at Waters after a years-long legal struggle over the Floyd moniker, the music was all too familiar; some would say even formulaic. And lest anyone doubted that the absence of Waters's dour soul would lighten things up a bit, guitarist and post facto leader Dave Gilmour gamely took on the Mantle of Conscience for topics ranging from the cold war ("The Dogs of War") to yuppie self-indulgence ("On the Turning Away"). And if this album sometimes evokes an uncomfortable feeling of a band on autopilot, it's one that can still turn out the likes of the anthemic "Learning to Fly" on cruise control. --Jerry McCulley

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Pink Floyd ~ A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Whatever you think of Roger Waters, Pink Floyd was clearly never the same after his rather acrimonious exit. Having won the right to continue using the band's name, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright recorded and released A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987. It's a far cry from the incredibly successful concept albums largely controlled by Roger Waters (e.g., The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon), and it has its inherent imperfections, but A Momentary Lapse of Reason is still an impressive album featuring some great musical moments and awesome Gilmour guitar riffs.

Freed from the controlling influences of Waters, David Gilmour dominates this album - he wrote or co-wrote every track, took up the mantle of lead singer, and did much to prove himself the greatest guitarist in the business. One can read certain things in the album title and some of the songs (e.g., Sorrow) about the whole Pink Floyd turmoil of the previous years, but the main problem with this album is its seeming lack of a unifying theme. There is unquestionably a great deal of intensity in the words and music, but there's no real depth. To me, the whole album has an artificial feel to it - especially compared with the Waters-dominated Pink Floyd releases. There are no bad songs on this album (although some Pink Floyd fans don't think very much of The Dogs of War), but few seem to work up any real emotion. One can get a feel for this in the opening instrumental track; there may be Signs of Life in the initial sounds of plodding movement through water, but these are lost in a cacophony of artificial voices speaking unintelligibly in the background. I have to admit that I don't always understand what Gilmour and the guys are trying to do in some of these songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Floyd, still good July 19 2004
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Many people say of this album, "Good, but not Pink Floyd." To them I say that Pink Floyd, if anything was a band that was constantly on the move and changed its sound from album to album. This album isn't any less Pink Floyd than Saucerful of Secrets, or Obscured by Clouds; both of which differ from this recording as well as each other quite a bit.
To those of you not concerned with whether this album is like other Pink Floyd albums, consider the music itself. This album was made in the 80's and it shows. Gilmour and company (minus Waters for the first time) experiment as many bands did with synthesisers and synth drums. The effect is distracting and umpleasant if you hate, hate, hate 80's music.
I, Myself, felt this at first, but the music itself is strong enough that soon, I listened beyond the 80's plastic sound and heard the songs themselves. The music here is as good as any that came before it, although maybe not as complex lyrically. Gone also is the dark broodiness that Waters brought to the table, but David Gilmour has a much more clear and pleasant singing voice than Waters. If you liked Gilmour's previous vocal performances (such as Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here) you will like this music.
For those of you who have listened to and like this album, I highly suggest The Divison Bell and both of Gilmour's solo albums if you can find them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars late gasp Aug. 2 2012
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Seems to be more disconnected and random than previous albums. Pulse woud be a better choice for post-waters floyd.not really worthy
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebirth Of Pink Floyd Feb. 7 2003
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This is the first post-Waters album released by Pink Floyd. How good this actually is really depends on who you talk to. Clearly the band lost a monstrous talent when Roger Waters decided to leave. His lyrical and conceptual ideas, as well as his sense for dramatic presentation (both on stage and on record), are unmatched. Pink Floyd became the band that it is in large part because of Waters. Equally responsible for their direction and success, however, is David Gilmour. He is a masterful musician and a brilliantly passionate guitarist who has helped shape the band with his unparalleled playing. Arguably it was Gilmour's emotional guitar and musical talent that gave power to Waters' words. Though noone can dispute the vital contributions both Rick Wright and Nick Mason made to help forge the band (nor founder Syd Barrett who laid the template for the rest to follow), most would certainly agree that Gilmour and Waters have always been the main driving force.
Now where does all this leave A Momentary Lapse Of Reason? With Waters gone, obviously a large portion of the chemistry that spawned such classics as Animals and Wish You Were Here is missing. The band's direction and approach to writing would naturally have to adapt, in much the same way they had to adapt after Barrett's departure. Lyrically the album is weak in spots. It contains no conceptual thread nor does it even begin to approach Roger's level of clever wordplay and stinging sarcasm. The lyrics are more poetic generalities than they are deeply held convictions. That being said, this album is a gorgeous work of music that, in certain ways, harkens back to Wish You Were Here and Meddle. Sounding like neither, but capturing the spirit of both, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason is absolutely a return to form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Momentary Lapse of Excellence...
To hear people say this is one of Pink Floyds not-so-great albums makes me want to throw fists. This cd is simply stunning and I LOVE it. Read more
Published on July 20 2004 by "calico_katt"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definitely Awesome Album
The Final Cut was terrible so it was really great that they did this album. There are so many great songs. Yeah Roger Waters was not there, but it's a true Floyd album. Read more
Published on July 12 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars On the turning away
"A momentary lapse of reason" is considered one of Pink Floyd's poorest albums. Sure, Roger Walters was not on it, but it did generate two massive eighties singles:... Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Admit it. You miss Roger.
All in all, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason stands as a pretty decent David Gilmour solo record with the Pink Floyd name tacked on for the sake of album sales. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by William J. Eichelberger
4.0 out of 5 stars Un-Floydian
"A Momentary Lapse of Reason" came out after Roger Waters (the main songwriter up to this point) left the band in pursuit of a solo carreer. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Lens Fortwright
5.0 out of 5 stars The grand return of Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd's triumphant comeback A Momentary Lapse of Reason was released in September of 1987. The album was the first without original member Roger Waters whom acrimoniously... Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd's Instrumental Cold War
The album indeed has an an 80's sound, but this is certainly not the 80's of "Safety Dance". Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Justin Wakefield
3.0 out of 5 stars a disappointing album.
i am a huge floyd fan. i consider them THE best of the '70s. they did so much things for rock and should be getting the respect the beatles (favourite band of the '60s.. Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by lost_weasel
2.0 out of 5 stars WORST FLOYD ALBUM!
This is easily the worst Pink Floyd album. This album sounds like your typical cheesy 80s record meets Pink Floyd. Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by jxst
4.0 out of 5 stars Ethereal
I had the pleasure of hearing A Momentary Lapse of Reason during my first year of college. I was relatively new to Pink Floyd then and I've got to tell you, it was this album that... Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by "danahfrancis"
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