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The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd

  • By Okami
  • On 26/03/2018

Go back to the very beginning, the big bang and witness how one spark of light breaks into multiple colours. Watch as galaxies and universes are being created while still being held in a prism of darkness. This is The Dark Side Of The Moon.

The album begins  slowly then builds with a thumping beat and as it gets louder more layers are introduced; cash machines, helicopter propellers, laughter, alarm clocks and the beautiful yet haunting screams of Clare Torry. These have all been squeezed into one moment before being released and seep into the rest of the album, making it unclear if a song has begun or just ended.

It moves from a mellow, easy flow sound which is heard on songs like Breathe (In The Air), Us & Them and Any Colour, to a bold, experimental and ambitious sound that's apparent on songs like Speak To Me and On The Run.

The entire album however has struck a perfect balance between the progressive and classical tones both being tied in by the simple yet engaging lyrics from Roger Waters which tackle philosophical ideas, prejudice, violence and our fear of death. This is futher strengthened by the interviews heard throughout the entire album with words from Gerry the doorman saying "There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact, all of it is dark."

Time is arguably the most noticeable song on the album. Not only does it bring all the different elements together, but this is also the only song where the entire band is each significantly recognised for their contribution on record and paper. It starts with ticking clocks and alarms going off, a contribution made by the engineer Alan Parsons, then followed by a drum solo introduction by Nick Manson; David Gilmour finally breaks the suspense with his breathtaking vocals and guitar chords while Rick Wright's grand keyboard  and musical direction pull everything together with, of course, the help of Roger Waters' lyrics a repraise of sort for Breathe (In The Air)   

The sultry "ooohs" and "aaahs" heard on Time  give way to The Great Gig In The Sky vocally charged by Clare Torry. Her voice is used as an instrument, wailing alongside delicate soft plays of the piano.

Money wakes you up from any ethereal hangover you might have felt before. The cash machines, coin drops and paper tearing bring you back into a cold reality. It has a heavier rock sound than all the other songs and takes a sarcastic jab at capitalism. The track is accompanied by a beautiful, relentless saxophone that doubles up as a leading instrument on Us & Them.

Brain Damage is a gateway to the end and is sang by Roger Waters, which is fitting as it references someone dear to him, Syd Barrett the "lunatic". 

 Eclispe sounds like a standing ovation, everything giving rise, getting higher and louder, fighting the battle of possibly  getting obscured by the sombre words, as if looking back to the creation with appreciation and apprehension hearing the thumping beat again and knowing that the cycle will carry on. 

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