This is not an album that can be fully appreciated in just one or two listens. And while its strongest songs are not the long, sprawing title track or the 'psychedelic' closer, the strengths of this album cannot be denied.
The title track has some great moments but I personally find that it does not seem as focussed as some of Floyds better songs. Regardless, it does contain some of Floyds best sounding moments, especially those including the choir. It simply isn't consistent or focussed enough.
Where the intro tried to be big and important, the album follows with 'if', a quiet piece followed with inane yet somehow catchy lines, such as "if I were a swan, I'd be gone. If I were a train, I'd be late." It doesn't go anywhere, but I find that I still feel as though something deeper is trying to be said - what that is, I can't really say.
Summer '68 is perhaps my favorite Floyd song, switching between the wistful vocals and the orchestra sound. Fat Old Sun once again turns the volume down for an attempt at a nice, quiet song.
The closer, Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast, is an optional listen when you listen to this album. The first few times through I loved it because I thought it was hilarious, but the song, overall, lacks the depth of the rest of the album. A novelty, but a good one.
All in all, I'd give this album 4 stars - it really only deserves 3 (4 stars would be Meddle/The Wall, 5 WYWH/Animals), but I'm bumping it up because of Summer '68. Hey, it's my review. I can do what I want.