Album Review: Pink Floyd – Endless River

Cited by David Gilmour to be the last album ever by Pink Floyd, Endless River is their first release since 1994. The album mainly consists of unreleased material written by late keyboardist Richard Wright and is truly a tribute to him. It comprises of four compositions, divided into several parts each.

It is Gilmour and Wright who are the center of this largely instrumental release; ‘It’s What We Do’ focuses on both of them. The by-far most interesting that happens on the album is in the third piece – it is more emotional than any other and all parts are connected in a coherent and dynamic way. Eerie ‘Autumn ‘68’ is pure church organ orgasm and builds up to the rocky ‘Allons-y (2)’. Atmospheric ‘Talkin’ Hawkin’’ is filled with layers of epic choir. Despite occasional brilliance, this album should be enjoyed in its entirety.

It is a revisit of the band’s catalogue through a new lense and it’s in that where the strengths of this album lie. It is a salute to Wright, the fans and their career. A must for the devotee.

[Fred Lindahl]

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