If there is one album out there that I have never understood the praise for it is Nirvana’s Nevermind. It is a badly produced, horrible album with too much filler to be considered a classic. As far as the second most popular album I could never understand, that was Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.
Listening to this album in 2016, I still have no idea where the endless praise for this album comes from. Virtually every music critic rates this album top marks and considers it an all time classic, it is also one of the biggest selling records of all time and the vinyl edition has become quite a collectors edition. But when you brush away these things, all we have is an extremely well produced mellow rock album. Nothing more, nothing less.
The main selling point for me is the production values. Whether I like this album or not, it is quite a delight on the ears. The clear quality, clever use of panning and other techniques makes this record fascinating on technicality alone. Hearing the likes of On The Run in a pair of expensive head phones or blasting out a large speaker system, it is quite disorientating and quite fascinating, even if it doesn’t add much musically.
The songs on the album are for the most part enjoyable. They’re all quite relaxing, have a lot of competent musical moments and some fairly average vocal tracks. David Gilmour whacks out some great guitar licks every now and again, but the slow nature of the music makes it droll on a little too much for my mind to care. The howling from Clare Torry on The Great Gig In The Sky was also a little too much for my ears. I rather enjoyed the song but when that backing vocalist starts wailing like she was the star of a tacky porn movie, it becomes quite unbearable. Time is a good catchy tune and so is Money, one of the more well known album singles.
As someone who did not grow up with the nostalgia and novelty of this record, I still don’t get it and I never will. The music is good, but it is far from the greatest thing in the world. The creativity pales in comparison to their following prog rockers King Crimson, Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the mad genius Frank Zappa. In reality, The Dark Side of the Moon is nothing but enjoyable drug induced dribble. There is nothing special about the music at all and I wouldn’t recommend going out your way for it. Your enjoyment of this album will vary depending on the circumstances, and perhaps relies a little too much on how much green leaf you have in your system at the time.
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Track Listing :
- Speak to Me
- On the Run
- The Great Gig in the Sky
- Us and Them
- Any Colour You Like
- Brain Damage