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#1 dorio


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Posted 17 August 2004 - 08:12 AM

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Pink Floyd - Animals (1977)

Track listing
1. Pigs on the wing Part 1 (1:25)
2. Dogs (17:04)
3. Pigs (three different ones) (11:28)
4. Sheep (10:16)
5. Pigs on the wing Part 2 (1:25)

Total Time: 41:38


- David Gilmour / guitars, vocals
- Nick Mason / drums, percussion
- Roger Waters / bass, vocals
- Richard Wright / keyboards

Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, Animals is the strangest and darkest, a record that's hard to initially embrace yet winds up yielding as many rewards as its equally nihilistic successor, The Wall. It isn't that Roger Waters dismisses the human race as either pigs, dogs, or sheep, it's that he's constructed an album whose music is as bleak and bitter as that worldview. Arriving after the warm-spirited (albeit melancholy) Wish You Were Here, the shift in tone comes as a bit of a surprise, and there are even less proper songs here than on either Wish or Dark Side. Animals is all extended pieces, yet it never drifts — it slowly, ominously works its way toward its destination. For an album that so clearly is Waters', David Gilmour's guitar dominates thoroughly, with Richard Wright's keyboards rarely rising above a mood-setting background (such as on the intro to "Sheep"). This gives the music, on occasion, immediacy and actually heightens the dark mood by giving it muscle. It also makes Animals as accessible as it possibly could be, since it surges with bold blues-rock guitar lines and hypnotic space rock textures. Through it all, though, the utter blackness of Waters' spirit holds true and since there are no vocal hooks or melodies, everything rests on the mood, the near-nihilistic lyrics, and Gilmour's guitar. These are the kinds of things that satisfy cultists, and it will reward their attention — there's just no way in for casual listeners.

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Posted 17 August 2004 - 08:44 AM

I have never heard of this album. Your review has inspired me to listen to it.

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Posted 17 August 2004 - 08:54 AM

I have never heard of this album. Your review has inspired me to listen to it.

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 04:58 PM

I don't like this album. And I'm a fan of Pink Floyd...

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Posted 18 September 2004 - 09:21 PM

Not my favorite, but showcases some of Big Dave's best guitar work and Water's best lyrics. The vocals are all roger, and are sorry throughout the album. Dogs has a long interlude section of mainly keyboards and dogs barking that is not the progressive pink floyd that we know and love, and only added to an already overly long song, but the guitar moments are memorable. pigs (three different ones) is hands down the best song on the album due to pure originality, like dave using a voice box to make his guitar sound like a wailing pig. waters' has amazing bass work and lyrics contain a wonderful attack on english prude, mary whitehouse. the cow bell is a nice touch. sheep is a strange song and possibly post-syd floyd's most experimental, what with the robot sounding voice reading a parody of a certain psalm. the pigs on the wing keep the album in check, so the whole thing is not one big whiny hink of filth and is the closest thing pink floyd has ever gotten to a love song.

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Posted 18 October 2004 - 11:11 AM

One of my favorite Floyd albums; amazingly lyrically, guitar...ily dry.gif and vocally
Look out on a Summer's day, with eyes that know the darkness in my soul...

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Posted 03 November 2004 - 08:02 PM

This one is very good, I just wish it was longer. Sheep is great!

EDIT: But definitely not my favoiret

Edited by pooponabagel, 03 November 2004 - 08:02 PM.

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Posted 11 December 2004 - 09:54 PM

I have this and don't think it's a bad album. Would be better if it had more tracks though.
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Posted 07 April 2005 - 07:06 PM

I love Pigs (three different ones), and I think it's the best one on Animals. I think the album's a little short, though.

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 09:19 PM

Dogs is one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs. I like how theatrical it is.
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Posted 06 December 2006 - 04:55 AM

I'm genuinely surprised that a Floyd fan wouldn't enjoy Animals. I've listened to it for twenty years and never get sick of it. I'll admit the 'instumental' sections in the long tracks sometimes don't quite fit the mood but overall this i.m.h.o rivals dark side of the moon and the highly under-rated 'Division Bell'
I think it's their best work of their most powerful period 1970-1980.
Inspired me to pick up the guitar.


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Posted 07 November 2016 - 09:08 PM

This and the Wall are my favorite Pink Floyd albums. I like Dark Side of the Moon, but this and The Wall I could listen to basically whenever, regardless of time or place.


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