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Let’s go to the Dark Side

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By Austin Metz
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“Dark Side of the Moon” is the perfect album. Whether it’s the complex lyrics, the brilliant guitar work, the smooth underlying piano, or the screaming almost orgasmic singing of session singer Clare Torry, the album offers something for all types of music listeners.

While most albums use musical instruments and voices to tell a story, “Dark Side of the Moon” uses silence to open and then starts to unravel the complex and brutally honest story Pink Floyd is trying to tell.

The album touches on topics ranging from greed, money, time and psychological trouble stemming from former band member Syd Barrett’s mental issues.

At the time of the release, the band was made up of bassist Roger Waters, guitarist David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright.

Although the band was known as much for its interpersonal spats as it was for its array of psychedelic melodies, “Dark Side of the Moon” is a testament to the greatness that’s possible when four musicians put all issues aside and work together.

As the album kicks off, listeners won’t find driving instrumentals, wailing lyrical notes or even the acid rock Pink Floyd sometimes plays. Instead, the album starts with over 30 seconds of complete silence which eventually gives way to a thumping heart beat and a chilling, blood curtailing scream.

Following the opening, the album flows into songs such at “Speak to Me,” “Breathe,” and “On the Run.”

The forth song, “Time,” is the pinnacle of the album and some even consider it the pinnacle of Pink Floyd’s greatness. Whether you look at it from a lyrical standpoint or the instrumental standpoint, “Time” is strong from all angles.

David Gilmour is at his best while performing the main guitar solo in the song and the complex lyrics will make even the most avid listener stop and wonder.

Session singer Clare Torry lends her voice during “The Great Gig in the Sky” which turns into Torry wailing away for over three minutes while the band jams out in the background.

“Money,” “Us and Them” and “Any Colour You Like” follow in the album and provide three completely different but powerful songs for listeners to enjoy.

During “Money,” the band plays the hardest it ever does while it seems to express its hate for the concept of money and the issues it provides for the world.

“Us and Them” serves as an avenue to showcase the lyrical side of the band while the instrumentals lay a gentle path for the voices to follow until the band transitions into the purely instrumental jam “Any Colour You Like.”

While the middle of the album seems to provide the meat, the concluding songs serve to calm listeners as it ends not only the album but also the struggles that make Pink Floyd who they are.

I must confess, this album has always been one of my favorites. While you may not enjoy Pink Floyd, I challenge you to sit down and really listen to the album. Start it at the beginning and listen without interruption. There is so much more to the album than meets the eye.

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