Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wish you were here

Still 4 weeks before I see my wife again - here is a fitting song that both of us have been playing a lot lately. The ninth studio album by space rock kings Pink Floyd was their best: there are few albums that can compete with the beauty that is Wish you were here. The album is understandably dominated by the encompassing Shine on you crazy diamond, but the title track is fantastic as well. The song starts with the sounds of a radio switching stations, after which David Gilmours tranquil guitar playing sets the scene for the most passionate song in the Floyd catalogue, the nearest they ever came to writing a straightforward love song, although it was actually inspired by the absence of former lead man Syd Barrett. The Roger Waters lyrics are stunningly beautiful as well, with immortal lines like "We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year, running over the same old ground. What have you found? The same old fears".
Art Rock score: 9/10 (very strong song, one of 650 best songs of all time)