Like most of the world, I’ve been a fan of Pink Floyd. Listening to The Wall is still an amazing experience after all these days. And the albums they did without Roger are really good. “Learning To Fly” is the perfectly amalgam of Floyd and pop. Everyone knows of the animosity between Roger Waters and David Gilmour, so the prospect of having any new Pink Floyd music was very very remote. Add in that keyboardist Richard Wright had recently passed away, it seemed even more remote. So everyone was shocked when it was announced that there would be a new Pink Floyd album coming out. David announced that The Endless River would be made of up tracks left over from The Division Bell sessions.
This is a tough task that David and drummer Nick Mason decided to undertake. Material that is left over was left over for a reason. Add in that your using material from a guy that is no longer on this mortal plane. When the album starts you hear signature Pink Floyd sounds. Big keys holding one note for a ling time while David Gilmour noodles. It’s very atmospheric and transcendent.
For about 10 minutes.
And then it continues and continues doing the same thing. It’s nice and relaxing but gets monotonous after a bit. The tracks are grouped together on “sides” and then “parts”. There is only one song with vocals the fittingly titled “Side 4 Pt.4 Louder Than Words”. The Endless River only kicks up the tempo on the three non-”Side” tracks but they are instrumental.
After listening to the album it is obvious that these were leftover tracks. There’s no real theme, no excitement, no emotion, no feel, nothing.
This seems like something that a label would do and not David Gilmour. He wants it to be a fitting swansong for Richard Wright but comes across like a cash cow for his accountant. If David would have released an EP or added some of these tracks onto a Best Of or Live album as incentive, I would understand. What you get here is a bunch of tracks you think you’ve heard of before but and not really sure where. The Endless River is 60 minutes of glorified New Age music that is a very unfitting swansong for a legendary rock band.
Sometimes it best to leave things in the vault.
Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-buy it as a used CD
$1.00-streaming it on Spotify
$0-Not worth the drive space