Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

★★★★★

  1. Speak to Me: 👍🏻
  2. Breathe (In the Air): 👍🏻
  3. On the Run: 🤷‍♂️
  4. Time: 👍🏻
  5. The Great Gig In the Sky: 👍🏻
  6. Money: 👍🏻
  7. Us and Them: 👍🏻
  8. Any Colour You Like: 👍🏻
  9. Brain Damage: 👍🏻
  10. Eclipse: 👍🏻


I honestly can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Dark Side of the Moon. I know I’ve listened to it in a planetarium with a laser show once. And “synced up to the Wizard of Oz” twice. And I’ve eaten at a place called “Dark Side of the Moo” twice. But beyond that, I’ve lost count. I can tell you that I’ve loved it every time. Dark Side of the Moon was the first album that made me realize that an album isn’t just a collection of songs and a medium by which to deliver singles but can, taken as a whole, be its own art form entirely. There are a few legitimately great songs on this album that just can’t exist outside of the context of the whole thing (at least Speak to Me and Eclipse; arguably also On the Run and Any Colour You Like).

Given how much I love this album, it was only a matter of time before I listened to it for this project, but there was a particular impetus for getting to it so early. As I said in my post about 808s and Heartbreak, I was surprised at how bad it sounded (not that I didn’t like the music, but that the recording didn’t sound well mixed / engineered). I said similar things about a lot of the albums my brother recommended. Precisely because I’ve heard Dark Side of the Moon so many times, I wanted to listen to again so I could see if the equipment I’m using is the real cause of the problem. Having now listened to it on the same gear I listened to all those other records, I still don’t have a good answer. The style of music is too different. I will say that I definitely heard parts of this record that didn’t sound right to me this time listening through. The problem with this evaluation, though, is that most of those problems were in the high end, while my biggest complaints about the other albums were in the low. Ryder has recommended a couple albums to me that I am passingly familiar with that are known to be of high quality in the ranges where I was complaining last week. I’ll be listening to those tomorrow and Wednesday.

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