I'll keep an open mind, but we'll see. My expectations are not high.
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I am like Mapman. I will give it a shot. Also excited about the new Bryan Ferry "Avonmore" and Simple Minds "Big Music".
Avonmore sounds like Bete Noir/Mamouma solo efforts crossed with Avalon era Roxy Music. Johnny Marr plays guitar in the band with Flea on bass. The challenge with these older artists is the inevitable effect of age on the vocal chords. That being said, quality arrangements and strong supporting casts can overcome some deficiencies and nothing can replace a keen ear and experience creating why we liked the artists in the first place.
Its supposedly using material done a good ways back, like early 90's I recall, with Wright.
That makes me skeptical. If teh material were anything special, we'd probably have seen it a long time ago already.
But you never know. We'll see.
I'm hoping they do something to attempt to make this material more in step with the times. New Pink FLoyd material in 2014 would be a curiosity at a minimum.
You know, something like Porcupine Tree, Muse, and Radiohead all rolled into one. Oh and with both Waters and Gilmour.
Toss in some Dream Theater, Mars Volta, and Broken Social Scene for good luck.
"My guess is that it wouldn't have seemed special then, but when compared to the majority of today's market it will seem special now."
There is lots of current and recent music that might be of interest these days for an old time PF fan to explore these days.
It might be special in that it has been so long since a new PF release, but what I wonder is if it will be special in comparison to say Steven Wilson, Muse, Flaming Lips and other current acts that are somewhat "out there" and also fairly popular.
IF you skip the "popular" part, then there are too many to mention.
The Flaming Lips might be the closest thing today to what Pink Floyd was in their early days before they hit it big, though Flaming Lips have been around for quite a while and may have actually evolved more away from the mainstream over time while maintaining a level of success.
Will listen, but Division Bell was imo not their strongest effort.
Never know though- one of my favorites is Obscured by Clouds. They recorded that album/movie soundtrack -during- the time they were making DSOTM. I believe they took a break, did the soundtrack and returned to finish DSOTM.
I've always liked their early stuff up to DSOTM the best, so we will see.
Working with Roger Waters has to be close to unbearable. The guy is so overly full of himself.
How about Sid who was even more unbearable? However, nevertheless, He's my favorite Pink Floyd.
Music isn't about who's bearable and who's not and it's even not about albums or recordings. Musicians, composers create music and that's the only fact. I betcha many would not bear Toscanini in NBC orchestra when he was living
I'm disappointed that there are essentially no lyrics to the album. I know Dave would never, ever let it happen, but I think it would have been cool to let Roger put some lyrics to the music.
As much as I don't care for him personally, I think Roger's lyrics really make Floyd what they are in the post Syd era.
I think it would have been a fitting ending to the band.
RIP Syd and Rick
I think it is fantastic we get a chance for new Floyd music, I mean, this is Pink Floyd ,they made me want to listen closer,they opened up the world of high end audio to me. They are in a class of their own, my God I saw them live doing Dark Side of The Moon in 4 track quad, holy shit words can't describe that nite. God bless this band , don't you guys remember ?
Don't think I'll buy this one. Listened to some samples, not bad but music seems out of context. No unifying structure or concept"
I have passed up some great music because the samples didn't move me. I've found that can be a big mistake. This CD is well worth the money and it reminds me more of Gilmour's On An Island than anything else. And actually it does flow pretty well.