Wish You Were HerePink Floyd
pink floyd has an ability to make their extremely long songs sound very short. they take you on a beautiful experience, and every second is full of amazing music. they do use their lyrics to make a point or message (which are noble!), but i couldn't care less about what roger waters wrote (okay i do). the actual music is the best part of this album! i can't think of a single aspect that is lacking. as a fan of musicals, i love when musical themes repeat. the iconic diamond melody is beautiful and peppered throughout the album to give it a cohesive sound. there are a lot of little touches that make this album stand out. the barely there sound effects--wind, soft laughter, tv static, and so on--aren't overdone. the variety of instruments and how the instruments were used stands out, too. the timpani instrument in "welcome to the machine" creates the beat, and i swear it feels like a heartbeat pounding away. this album easily stands as one of the most influential, forefront progressive rock albums. it's incredible from start to finish, and it's so easy to lose yourself in the music. really, for being experimental, the album sounds so beautiful. i'm happy to add it to my 5 stars and my regular album rotation.