Review of "The Endless River - Pink Floyd"

published 17/11/2014 | jcneil
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"The Beautifully endless river"

**Introduction**

As a massive fan of music I like to follow bands history and get into their discography so when I heard that there was a new Pink Floyd album coming out I was very intrigued. Many thought that it would have been the end when Roger Waters left the band but David Gilmour led the band alongside Nick Mason and Richard Wright who Waters had fired during the recording of The Wall to record two more studio albums and go on a huge tour which interestingly saw them perform in the same City as Roger Waters as he was doing his tour of "The Wall". It looked like "The Division Bell" was to be the bands last album when it was released in 1994 but as they were a very experimental band a lot of the recording process was about just playing so they ended up with plenty more material than what made the album.

**The Endless River**

The Endless River was put together from material that was recorded during the Division Bell sessions and later Nick Mason and David Gilmour added music to the selected tracks. The album serves as a tribute to Richard Wright who died of cancer in 2008. The album features session musicians including Guy Pratt, Bob Ezrin and Andy Jackson and there's also an appearance from Escala who are an Electronic string quartet that gained fame from Britain's got talent. The Endless River was produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Andy Jackson and Youth. Damon Iddins was co engineer with Jackson. The album has received mixed reviews with most critics being very positive. The Endless River was released on 10th November 2014 and has gone to number one in the UK Album charts.

Side One

1. "Things Left Unsaid" 4.26
2. "It's What We Do" 6.17
3. "Ebb and Flow" 1.55

The album is separated into sections as sides and the first three tracks make up the first side. Richard Wright's voice opens the album with a spoken segment and then some big beats kick in with a gentle orchestral mood. The arrangement has some beautiful sounds and gets things off to a great start. As the instrumentation develops it rises the beautiful feel of the track. Gilmour's guitar work is gentle and meanders slowly. All three tracks were co written by Gilmour and Wright and their hand prints are on the tracks for sure. The drums come in for track two and the segment begins to really showcase itself. This track is very reminiscent of the work on The Division Bell which you would expect. There's some wonderful guitar work from Gilmour and the punch of Mason's drums is just excellent. Great stuff. "Ebb and flow" just closes things with a short fade.

Side Two

4. *Sum* 4.49
5. "Skins" 2.38
6. "Unsung" 1.08
7. "Anisina" 3.17

Here we have side two where the mood changes slightly, The first two are written by all three but the closing two of this side are solely written by Richard Wright and David Gilmour respectively. The opener "Sum" features some intricate keyboard tones which soon are joined by a screaming guitar and the punch of Mason's drums, things kick in around half way through and there's some excellent musicianship on show from all three as well as the additional musicians. Mason's drums are varied and add a nice touch as Gilmour bends the strings as well as ever. Excellent stuff as we blend into "Skins" which slows a little and then brings a more experimental sound with some more punchy drums and different guitar sounds. Very good little moment. There are some steel drum sounds which change the feel of the track. Things slow as we move into "Unsung" which has a gentle electro sound to open with some grand piano tones and soaring guitar tones. These shortly lead to "Anisina" which has some lovely piano and a gentle drum sequence, Gilmour's guitar is excellent as ever. There's some lovely sax to close things with the band as Gilmour's solo tops things off.

Side Three

8. "The Lost Art of Conversation" 1:43
9. "On Noodle Street" 1:43
10. "Night Light" 1:43
11. "Allons-y (1)" 1:58
12. "Autumn '68" 1:36
13. "Allons-y (2)" 1:33
14. "Talkin' Hawkin'" 3.30

This takes us back to a more relaxed sound here as the piano comes in with a dark tone and the strings are mournful. There are some Jazz moments here as the sound changes. The blues tones of Gilmour's guitar gets things going and the lovely strings are a very good touch, There are some beautiful moments on the album and this is one of them. the opening tracks on this side are intricate little gems that have some wonderfully subtle music. Only the closer of side three is over 2 minutes. On the penultimate track on this side the tempo rises and Gilmour's guitar work comes to the fore as Nick Mason's drums back him up well. We close the side with "Talkin' Hawkins" which has a jam session feel with the drums and keys but the overall sound is very well performed with some excellent guitar work as Gilmour's guitar soars. There are some wonderful backing vocals too which raise the bar even higher. This is a superb track to close the third side with and features a recording of Stephen Hawking.

Side four

15. "Calling" 3:38
16. "Eyes to Pearls" 1:52
17. "Surfacing" 2:47
18. "Louder than Words" 6.37

Here is the closing side of the album, It opens with an electro sound which has a slow start but then as the instruments come in together it becomes an interesting sound with some piano work and some stark percussion, this has a dark sound but with moments of beauty too. I really like the way it develops, it's just one of two tracks that were written by a non Pink Floyd member as the closing track was written by Gilmour's wife Polly Sampson. "Calling" is a lovely, dramatic piece with clear beauty. "Eyes to pearls" features an interesting guitar sound and the orchestral parts come in as this is a subtle yet progressive track which soon brings drums into the fore. "Surfacing" develops the sound of the previous segment by bringing in crashing drums and developing the guitar sound. It's a good progression and showcases superb musicianship as well as some fine backing vocals. The album's closer is the only track on the album which features lead vocals and it's the longest track on the album at over six minutes. It develops slowly with some gentle piano and guitar and once in full flow it's an excellent track. There are some beautiful moments on this closer and Gilmour's vocals are expressive and well judged. The track has very much a story teller feel and develops wonderfully well. Gilmour's guitar work is superb and the backing vocals are superb too and really compliment the overall feel of the music.
Excellent stuff.

**The DVD**

I bought the DVD version of the album which comes in a box with artwork and the DVD includes footage of the band recording the album, including Richard Wright working on the album from the sessions. It also includes several videos of the songs and also the album in various formats. The booklet also shows photos of the recording sessions and pictures of Gilmour and Mason now. It is certainly worth the extra money if you are a big fan of them like I am, certainly as it's their last album.

**Overall**

So there we have it, 18 tracks over four sides and all I can say is this is a brilliant album which is unmistakably Pink Floyd and is certainly worth the work put in. David Gilmour has been working on his next studio album but it looks pretty certain like this will be the last ever Pink Floyd album and if it is indeed the last then at least they have made a fantastic record that will be praised by critics and fans alike. It is certainly no dud from a band who should have finished years ago. This is an album that is about real music and it shows with some fine musicianship. Richard Wright's work showcases what a fine musician he was. The music on the album comes from as early as 1969 and as up to date as this year. It really represents Pink Floyd as a band and has some really special moments. I am glad they released it as it is a fantastic album. This has whet my appetite even more for the new David Gilmour solo album.

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Product Information : The Endless River - Pink Floyd

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Sub Genre: Progressive Rock

Original Release Year: 2014

Title: CD

EAN: 0825646215423

Performer: David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Richard Wright

Label / Distributor: Parlophone UK

Studio / Live: Studio

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