The remaining big guns from England’s finest progressive outfit Pink Floyd released ‘The Endless River’ 20 years on from ‘The Division Bell’ the classic 1994 album. The albums title ‘The Endless River’ is a nice way of tying it back to the time this material originated with it being a line in the song ‘High Hopes’ from ‘The Division Bell’. An album which is still as powerful today as it was when I first listened. Prog has since only been successful in the wings or rock and metal and is lacking a modern-day Pink Floyd.
Much of the nation had held high hopes for what ‘The Endless River’ would produce and while the presence of the Floyd ladies, the mellow tones of David Gilmour’s guitar and a return of Stephen (talking) Hawking makes this a class piece to end on. This album is not the album to get into Floyd instead the albums brings memories of everything from Dark side to another album that was made for fallen band mates ‘Wish You Were Here’ this seemed like goodbye.
This was just final cut of Floydian cloth which like your favourite blanket as a child still has a place in your wardrobe or that special place for artists in our bleeding hearts. This is a goodbye but what they left can still fill our empty spaces. The feeling you get from the classics is not lost as it plays like a best of album this is a must have for Floydians everywhere.
Briefed as a tribute to Richard Wright who died of cancer in 2008 it stood up to that test. Much of this was material that never made it onto ‘The Division Bell’ , as such there were few hard-hitting songs but acts as the closure never experienced 20 years ago.
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