Pink Floyd, one of the most influential rock acts within the last (nearly) fifty years, released their final album, “The Endless River,” last week. I finally managed to find the time to listen to the album in its entirety, which I have now listened to several times. Yes, it is that good! The album features all of their signature elements and sounds, which is sure to please any hardcore Pink Floydian.
What’s interesting about this album is that a lot of the tracks were originally recorded twenty years ago during the release of “The Division Bell.” Since Richard Wright’s death in 2008, David Gilmour and Nick Mason have revisited these tracks and selected many to re-record, enhance, and overall beef-up for this album. As sad as I am to realize that this will be the last original album released by the band, I am glad to hear that David plans to release a solo album in 2015 with help from Nick.
The album’s main theme is communication, which is something the band has never fully maintained among the members (please refer back to Syd Barrett’s dismissal and Rodger Waters’ exit from the band). It’s like Gilmour says in the track “Louder Than Words,” “we bitch and we fight, dis each other on sight, but this thing that we do… It’s louder than words.”
Overall, I would say that “The Endless River” is an amazing finale to an incredible journey that will never fully end. Like most of Floyd’s work, this isn’t just an album, it’s an experience.