|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)|
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.
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.Read more ›