Pink Floyd Album Review: The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you The Dark Side of the Moon, the iconic eighth studio album from Pink Floyd.
In green is my opinion. I am familiar with some songs off of the Wall and have listened to this album a few times, but there is a large amount of this band’s music that I have not listened to.
In blue is my cousin Robert’s opinion. Thanks to his dad, he was exposed to Pink Floyd ever since he was little. It is one of his favorite bands of all time!
Let’s start our track-by-track review!

Speak to Me

The Dark Side of the Moon begins with a steady heartbeat paired with cha-chinging cash registers, alluding to Money, a song that the listener arrives to later in the album. Speak to Me, which climaxes with maniacal laughter and desperate screaming, indicates that Pink Floyd is approaching this album with a sense of humor while retaining a kind of darkness.

We begin our psychedelic journey on one of the greatest albums ever made with a bunch of noises that reoccur throughout the album. Speak to Me is a nice buildup to the song tied with it, Breathe.

Breathe

Pink Floyd launches us from Speak to Me to Breathe, which is an easy, floating track that is guided by psychedelic electric guitar. Grooving drums as well as tight bass join with the guitar to create a relaxed vibe this album retains for its entire duration. Thoughtful lyrics complement the spacey sounds. Breathe is a chill song that feels whole and full.

Breathe is musical genius. Waters’ vocals are music to my ears. I really love the lyrics as well. Gilmour’s legendary guitar-work shines through the simplistic percussion. The song in its entirety takes you away to a different world. 

On the Run

Trippy. The fact that this kind of music was conceived and recorded in the early 70’s is mind-blowing to me. Pink Floyd was way ahead of their time, experimenting with synthesized sounds to this degree. A steady, subtle rhythm is kept throughout the entirety of On the Run, borrowing that floating quality from Breathe and implementing it here. The clock-ticking at the end of this track creates a bridge to the next song of the album, Time, in such a way that doesn’t feel forced or tacked on. On the Run is a track that is ambient yet full of substance. I dig it.

On the Run starts off in a hurry. Then, sounds that emulate a sort of space station seep into the track. The ending reminds me of an airplane taking off, so this song is perfect for those who are running through an airport to get to their flight on time. Honestly, I can imagine myself getting high  (that will never happen) and having a bunch of weird hallucinations to this song. As a side note: I am in no way promoting drugs to any of you. That stuff will mess up/end your life.

Time

It has just occurred to me that Time would make an excellent morning alarm. I would not mind waking up to this great feat of a song. The first couple minutes of Time could be stand-off music for a western film, and damn good stand-off music at that, but it’s all rock once the band comes in. A wicked, passionate guitar solo adds a lot to this already stand-out track. Breathe creeps into the song at times, even before the Breathe reprise, which is by no means a negative thing. Time is a bold track with plenty to love.

Time is a timeless Pink Floyd classic! Yes, those ringing clocks at the beginning are a pain for headphone listeners, but the thought of them disappears when you are hit with western-sounding guitar, bringing more psychedelic noises. Two and a half minutes into the song, the band takes over and blows you into space! Once again, the lyrics are brilliant, as is the guitar solo! The ending, which harbors the Breathe reprise, is a smart touch provided by Pink Floyd!

The Great Gig in the Sky

The Great Gig in the Sky is a combustive, powerful, passion-fueled piece of music. The stellar piano, which drives the song, rises in intensity along with the wordless singing/screaming, provided by Clare Torry, who belts out insane vocals. There is an abundant amount of feeling embedded within this track. The Great Gig in the Sky is a song that speaks despite its lack of lyrics, and that is truly a feat in itself.

I would love to go to that great gig in the sky! Oh wait, it’s heaven? No! There is still so much I want to do in my life! Anyway, The Great Gig In The Sky starts with unforgettable piano. Then we get some yelling that rivals Freddie Mercury’s high notes. The whispers included within the song make me shudder. Honestly, this song is very haunting, and that is mostly to the credit of the piano. 

Money

The groovy bass-line that drives Money is a strong foundation on which the rest of the song shines. The lyrics to this song are humorous yet serious at the same time. Most songs about money fall short, and that’s because a majority of them have to live in this song’s shadow. Pink Floyd jams hard on this track. The saxophone solo is less impassioned than the other solos on the record, but it holds its own nonetheless. Money is notably less ambient than anything else on the Dark Side of the Moon, so it does stand out a bit more as an individual, single track, yet it glows with the extra attention it gets.

Cha ching! Ah, where to begin with money? It runs the world, controls our life, our countries, and pretty much everything else. This song covers many of the good and bad aspects of money! That riff is just unforgettable, and Waters’ vocals are great as always. It is so catchy and fun to listen to! The saxophone solo is genius, and it ties in well with the rest of the instruments. What’s the best way to follow a sax solo? A damn good guitar solo of course! These two solos are obviously the highlight of this masterpiece of a record, and my favorite aspects of the song. Money is pure classic rock and is a great display of how timeless this music is compared to the crap we have today. This song is an oddball compared to everything else on the record, but it is as great as music will get.

Us and Them

Us and Them is a song that has a very grand air about it. Whether that is due to the powerful yet mellow sax or the booming, Queen-like explosions, this song feels very big. The constant progression and deceleration gives the song brisk yet effective speed-bumps among the laid back, worry-free core melody. Us and Them is an anthem that emulates Queen while still retaining Pink Floyd’s individual sound. It’s a big feat altogether and was pulled off quite nicely.

Us and Them is another mellow song, and it is very poetic. It is hard to believe this track comes right after the heavy-hitting Money, but it still holds onto the saxophone that highlighted the previous song. The sax is more quiet this time around, and I love it! It reminds me of good old DMB! The guitar is pleasant and, as usual, the lyrics are beautiful. They have great meaning. As I often say in our reviews, I can fall asleep to this song despite how the energy does pick up at some points. It is always nice to hear the piano get some spotlight as well! Us and Them is just pure bliss.

Any Colour You Like

Any Colour You Like, while it is experimental in its predominantly electronic/synthesized sound, doesn’t do it for me. There isn’t a ton of substance here. The ambient quality that allowed the other instrumental tracks to work is not present in Any Colour You Like. I’m not a fan of this song. It’s listenable, but it sure hasn’t been given the time or the care that was put into the other tracks.

It’s not shocking that Pink Floyd starts off a song progressively. I love all of the electronic noises we hear in this song. The guitar is really cool, nearly putting me into a trance. You can have any color you like, as long as it’s black (or in my case, black and yellow! STEELERS NATION REPRESENT!)!

Brain Damage

Yes! I hear some touches of Breathe in here. I love Breathe. Every track should sound like Breathe. Every. Track. Ever. Brain Damage had me swaying back and forth. It possesses an uplifting air largely due to its upbeat chorus and the openness of the music. As much as this whole album defines itself, Brain Damage could arguably be called the anthem of the record. It is a tight track that connects the beginning of the album to the end.

Oh man, that guitar hook is amazing! The keyboard, the vocals, the laughing, and the lyrics all come together in a satisfying way. “I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon” ,“There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.” Classic, just classic!

Eclipse

In this little song, I hear elements from The Great Gig in the Sky, Us and Them, Breathe, and Speak to Me. Eclipse brings this whole album around full circle (or, should I say, sphere?). Eclipse is a grandiose conclusion to this grandiose album, making yet another connection to the collective sound of the Dark Side of the Moon. Pink Floyd says goodbye on a satisfying note, wrapping up this experience of an album.

This song is such a perfect way to end this timeless album. The harmony is beautiful and the lyrics describe everything so well.

Words cannot describe how wonderful and legendary this album is. Our review doesn’t do it justice! When I first heard this album, I did not get why it was regarded as being so amazing. Once you sit down and carefully listen to the entire record, however, and notice how every song flows with one another, you really come to appreciate the work Pink Floyd has done. This album is considered the greatest of all time for a reason. Pink Floyd is just pure genius. The Dark Side of the Moon is filled with progressive and psychedelic sounds that define the group. This album is a must-have for anybody who enjoys music. It has stood the test of time. We will never get another album like this. It truly makes you appreciate music.

My Top 3

Breathe

Time

Brain Damage

Rob’s Top 3

Time

Money

Us and Them

This album will forever be a monumental musical accomplishment. Pink Floyd somehow combined an array of similar yet dissimilar sounds into a record that is essentially one big song. A wildly successful concept album that is worth your listen, the Dark Side of the Moon is a Filet that is out of this world. If you don’t have a copy already, go out and get one. This review has been a pleasure.

Thank you, Pink Floyd, for this album and as always, thank you all for reading yet another album review. If you hate this album, hate Floyd, find Pink Floyd overrated, or do not own a copy of this record, then you are a person who has Brain Damage, is Out of Time, On The Run, and going to The Great Gig in The Sky during an Eclipse. Guess all that Money couldn’t help you. Good luck Breathing up there! 

*Facepalm* Thank you for that, Robby.

~Juck

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