Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pink Floyd: Animals

Pink Floyd had a nice run with the four LPs Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. But where Dark Side and Wish You Were Here are great, they are a bit vague regarding their meaning. And The Wall is far too pretentious for my taste, although I still kinda like it. But Animals. My God, what an album! The music is tight and dramatic and the 'theme'...the 'concept', hits the bulls eye. A tirade against capitalism and the mindless masses, and using Animal Farm as a template, it never fails to both entertain and inspire. I saw the Animals show back in '77 in Portland with all the props and stuff, which was cool, because it always added a bit of fun to an otherwise grim and depressing piece. But that's what all great albums, films and books do. That is, have a bit of a laugh to break the tension.


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