Is there anybody out there? It’s time to review one of the greatest albums of all time; The Wall by Pink Floyd.
I’ve listened to this many times through, and every time it pulls me through a pretty good range of feelings and moods. It’s one of the few albums with lyrics that my brain pays attention to. The theme of the album is of course the fictional character, Pink, who represents the feelings of being rock stars that the band (mostly Roger Waters) began to get after some time in the spotlight. It’s a pretty good emotional journey through something that can relate to life experiences that many people have gone through. If you want a full visualization of all that, watch the movie, aptly titled The Wall. Good stuff.
So, on to the music. I really can’t put into words how complete and wonderful it all is. I especially begin to get into the album when Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1 comes on at the third track. The mellow, somewhat dark version of the recurring guitar riff is introduced here and sets the mood for the ensuing journey into Pink’s mind.
The next few tracks are kind of the end of being out in the public and dealing with the pain Pink feels from authoritative figures and mobbing fans. After that comes what may be called the departure track. It’s also the motivation for the name of this blog! How about that! Goodbye Blue Sky is a beautiful guitar and vocal piece that turns from happy to dark and back again. And who doesn’t love the “Look Mummy! There’s a little plane up in the sky.” Pretty good innocence to pain feel there.
From here on out, Pink’s journey into building a wall between him and all his problems brings us some real good music and some fantastic lyrics. A favorite between me and my Dad is “I have amazing powers of observation.”
Then of course we have what I, and many others, hold as possibly the greatest song of all time, Comfortably Numb. If you have never heard this song performed live and you are a music fan, I urge you to go see a Pink Floyd tribute show. They happen all over, the best is The Australian Pink Floyd Show. I think I’ve heard it performed live four times now, and each time my mind gets blown. It really is musical perfection. Few guitar players can match David Gilmour’s brilliance on the guitar solo, but there are some real talented performers out there who do a stellar job trying to come close.
After Comfortably Numb are some tracks where Pink’s world is about to collapse, and the songs get real interesting. I’ll stop trying to translate stuff here and just tell you again to take a couple hours out of one day soon and listen to this whole album. It will be something you won’t soon forget.