**This review originally appeared on the website Scribes of Metal**
Pink Floyd – The Endless River
Release Date – November 10th 2014
Label – Parlophone UK
Marks out of 10 – 10/10
Let’s get the basic facts out of the way before the emotions kick in:
- 20 years since the last studio album.
- This is probably the Last Pink Floyd album.
- The majority of this release is made up of material not used on the Division Bell album.
Those are the three facts that everybody seems to have had on the tips of their tongues the past weeks whenever this album has been mentioned. Once I listened to it today, I just got an overwhelming sense of peace and closure for an epic band that had finally found that their journey might just have come to a finite end.
That may sound like a bunch of new age hippy mumbo jumbo, but if you take the 52 minutes to actually sit back and listen to this album (preferably with a set of half decent headphones on), without interruption, then I think you’ll hear the same thing as I did.
From start to finish the album is a blatant, passionate farewell to a lost comrade in Rick Wright who passed away in 2008 from Cancer. Each track has some form of his undeniable stamp imprinted on it. They even have a track that was recorded back in 1968 at the Royal Albert Hall where Rick wanted to play the large Pipe Organ in the auditorium there, so they set up some microphones and recorded him doing so. 46 years later we have the track “Autumn ‘68” on side 3 of the album.
Of the 18 tracks on The Endless River 17 and half of them or instrumental. The half-track is one that is one that has the “vocals recorded” by Dr Stephen Hawking – “Talkin’ Hawkin”. This is a follow on track to the track on The Division Bell Keep Talking in which a voice box that resembled the one used by Dr Hawking’s was used on the track. This time they got the bloke himself to do the duties. The other track is “Louder than Words”, which is Gilmour’s explanation at how the band seem to be able to get stuff done through the years even though they had a hard time being in the same room with each other let alone creating some of the greatest music ever made. Kind of makes you feel like the argument you had with wife at the weekend was a bit petty.
David Gilmour has gone to lengths to suggest that this album is one that should be listened to as one used to listen to an album… as a whole. Not to be sliced up in an iPod Shuffle mix (not a quote!). After my initial listen I think I get where he is coming from on this, it is just too big and flowing of an album to be split up and “sampled”. Whilst for a double vinyl LP it may seem short at just over 50 minutes, but those 50 minutes seem to defy logic. They go by so quickly, yet they take you on a journey that will get you so lost that the journey will last for ages.
All in all, I am not reviewing this album track by track; each track is as good as the one before and the one coming next. This is the biggest album of the year sales wise…. and musically it will outshine everything else that comes after it for quite some time.