October 13th, 2014
It was quite a surprise to read over the summer that Pink Floyd was going to release a new album called Endless River.
The album features 18 songs which were crafted from outtakes/jam sessions from 1993 sessions for The Division Bell. Overdubs were applied and some parts were re-recorded. From what I’ve read, the album is is a tribute to the late Richard Wright who passed away in 2008. It’s rather appropriate as The Division Bell marked the first time Wright received any songwriting credits since Wish You Were Here and his first lead vocals since Dark Side of the Moon.
Of course fans are debating whether or not this is a “proper” Pink Floyd album. Personally I don’t see why it shouldn’t be considered so. Adherents to the theory that the Floyd ended after Roger Waters left have no compunction ignoring Syd Barrett’s time as leader of the band and I have no qualms in thinking that A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell are just as Floydian as DSotM and The Wall.
Endless River comes out on 10 November here in the States.
The song “Louder Than Words” has been released in its entirety. It’s got the female backing vocals, Gilmour’s trademark soaring, melodic soloing, and plenty of organ. What do Floyd fans think?