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Album Review: Pink Floyd - The Division Bell

As The Division Bell holds the distinction of being the final Pink Floyd album recorded and released, it's developed a bit of a dark horse reputation. Some fans hate it, while others consider it one of the band's finest albums. So what exactly do I think about it? The truth is, while it definitely is nowhere near the best of the Pink Floyd discography, it certainly didn't deserve the lukewarm reaction or legacy that followed its release. It won't mesmerize you like Wish You Were Here or Dark Side of the Moon Will, but it's a memorable album nonetheless.

A bit of background first. Following the depature of original bassist Roger Waters (as well as frontman since the departure of the original Syd Barrett) due to the rising difficulties he encountered with the rest of the group as he began to take on more of a control freak role after the release of the forgettable Final Cut album, guitarist David Gilmour eventually reformed Pink Floyd much to Roger Waters' chagrin. The first release by the Gilmour-led Floyd was A Momentary Lapse of Reason, which turned out to be an utterly forgettable effort that felt more like a solo Gilmour album that occasionally let Pink Floyd's Roger Wright and Nick Mason take part. It lacked the strong themes that had united the best of the earlier Pink Floyd albums and allinall was just a mere footnote. Yet somehow, on the tracks in The Division Bell, the band truly sounds united (or as united as they could be, as Roger Waters was still sort of mad about that whole reforming Pink Floyd thing) in their playing. The album is united by a single theme this time around, the breakdown of communication between people (one of the things is supposed to address Gilmour and Waters's relationship) hence the title of The Division Bell.

Even when missing the lyrical genius and bass playing of Roger Waters, Pink Floyd manages to pull through. The album has a haunting and somber atmosphere, and both Gilmour and Wright composed a multitude of brilliant songs on the album from Poles Apart to A Great Day for Freedom. Many critics have called out both the playing and lyrics of Floyd in The Division Bell as tired, and yet I fail to see it. Sure, there are some missteps like Take It Back in the album but in the end it's a powerful product that evokes the feeling of the Floyd of old and provides a fitting farewell to the band. The highlight of the album comes in the final track, High Hopes. A majestic 8-minute epic with Gilmours providing some of his finest guitar work and Wright doing an equally fantastic job on the synthesizers, the song deals with both the loss and decay that aging brings while simultaneously expressing the beauty of life in spite of the sentimentality traps that memories create.

"The grass was greener
The light was brighter
The taste was sweeter
The nights of wonder
With friends surrounded
The dawn mist glowing
The water flowing
The endless river

Forever and ever..."

I couldn't imagine a more fitting end to the career of the band known as Pink Floyd.

Final Rating: 8/10

Apologies if the review read awkwardly. I normally don't review albums and sh*t.

Better than: The Final Cut, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Obscured by Clouds, and everything before Meddle
Not as good as: Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here
In the same tier as: The Wall, Meddle, Animals.

God Tier Albums #11

So it looks like it's back to my good 'ol routine of spamming blogs about albums I like

Radiohead - OK Computer (1997)


  1. Airbag
  2. Paranoid Android
  3. Subterranean Homesick Alien
  4. Exit Music (For a Film)
  5. Let Down
  6. Karma Police
  7. Fitter Happier
  8. Electioneering
  9. Climbing Up the Walls
  10. No Surprises
  11. Lucky
  12. The Tourist

Kid A, In Rainbows, and The Bends all coming soon

The Silver Age of Gaming Comes to an End

After over a decade on the shelves and over 150 million units sold, Sony has finally ceased production of the Playstation 2, the console that for many defined the Silver Age of Gaming. The massive success of the PS2 introduced many during this generation to the wide world of gaming and in a revolutionary move, the PS2 paved the path for the pseudo-multipurpose consoles of today with its inclusion of a DVD-player within the system. It crushed the struggling Dreamcast (R.I.P.) leading to Sega's fallen status as a maker of third party titles. Microsoft and Nintendo could only dare dream that the Xbox and GameCube could match the success. Even without the allure of Mario or Master Chief, adopters of the Playstation 2 still found one of gaming's most memorable libraries: from the open-world mayhem of Vice City to the story-heavy espionage of Snake Eater to the all-ages appeal of platformers like Ratchet and Jak. Like the previous generation, where three dimensions were still stumbling to find solid footing, Sony's Playstation brand emerged as the leading face of the industry.

By the time the world had moved on, the Playstation 2 hardware and its titles remained on storeshelves selling as remnants of its two major competitors in business faded. In fact, some of its most memorable titles such as Okami and God of War II had arrived close to or after the launch of the Playstation 3. The Playstation 3 failed to replicate the success of its predecessor as its expensive components like blu-ray ensured smaller production and for a large part of its lifespan, ridiculous pricing. Undergoing a dark period of drought, the PS3 struggled to create a library like the PS2's which would attract the gamers it craved. As such, the Internet meme "PS3 Haz No Gamez" originated, and it didn't help that many third-party exclusive series that helped entice purchasers of hardware from the previous generation went multi-plat this era. Doing so ensured Xbox 360 owners who were fans of Devil May Cry or Final Fantasy needed not to purchase new hardware to play the latest installments of the series. The PS3 eventually found its place in the world with new ips like LittleBigPlanet and Uncharted developing devoted fanbases and holdovers from the last generation like Ratchet and Clank enjoying new iterations. Nonetheless, it never came close to enjoying the PS2's popularity and success, having barely sold half of what the PS2 did in the same amount of time.

This is for a console that defined an era of gaming for many. This is for Vice City, San Andreas, Devil May Cry 3, Snake Eater, the Jak trilogy, the Ratchet trilogy, Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, and the other memories of gaming that the system provided.

Sleep well, PS2.

2012 was crap, moving onto 2013

In requiem - all the crap in 2012 worth mentioning at least

  • F*ck Crysis 3
  • Assassin's Weed Tri
  • The Talking Dead Season 1
  • Greatest Hits - Journey
  • The Bioshock/Assassin's Creed Crossover
  • Max Injury 3
  • Virtua Dead or Alive Street Tekken Tag Tournament 2 all these fighters are the same f*ck it
  • XMEN: Enemy Identified
  • Cel-shaded Gun Fetish First Person RPG
  • Agent 47 kills Kone & Lunch

In utero - everything that will likely be crap that I'm still looking foward to 2013 and beyond

  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC minus Mortal Kombat
  • Bioshock sequel that so far has nothing to do with other Bioshock games
  • Uncharted 4: Teh Lost of Usula
  • Grand Theft Auto 4 1/2 - Now ruining your memories of San Andreas
  • Hopefully we see something like this game in Episode VII
  • Inevitable rehash of Assassin's Weed Tri that I'll still play anyways
  • Metal Gear Solid May Cry
  • Metal Gear Solid Not 5
  • hopefully The Talking Dead Season 2, not the FPS by Activision
  • Deadpool
  • Watchdog Academy - Puppies in Training

british shorthairs just for you, nintendo warrio:

kitties :)

God Tier Albums #9

Queen - Innuendo (1991)

Track Listing

  1. Innuendo
  2. I'm Going Slightly Mad
  3. Headlong
  4. I Can't Live With You
  5. Don't Try So Hard
  6. Ride the Wild Wind
  7. All God's People
  8. These Are The Days of Our Lives
  9. Delilah
  10. The Hitman
  11. Bijou
  12. The Show Must Go On

Next up to celebrate Number 10:
[spoiler] iron_maiden___album_single_and_live_albu

God Tiers Albums #7

Are you pleased with today's album, stephenage?

Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)

Track Listing

Side A

  1. In the Flesh?
  2. The Thin Ice
  3. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1
  4. The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  5. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
  6. Mother

Side B

  1. Goodbye Blue Sky
  2. Empty Spaces
  3. Young Lust
  4. One of My Turns
  5. Don't Leave Me Now
  6. Another Brick in the Wall, Part 3
  7. Goodbye Cruel World

Side C

  1. Hey You
  2. Is There Anybody Out There?
  3. Nobody Home
  4. Vera
  5. Bring the Boys Back Home
  6. Comfortably Numb

Side D

  1. The Show Must Go On
  2. In The Flesh
  3. Run Like Hell
  4. Waiting for the Worms
  5. Stop
  6. The Trial
  7. Outside the Wall

Exclusive User Review by stephenage

That album is so annoyingly self indulgent. Movie is pretty good though.stephenage

The Wall is a self indulgent mess that mostly doesn't count as music as Roger Waters just concentrates on himself for two hours.stephenage


The fruits of that concetration are pretty fantastic, though. You have to admit.

Also, art is concentrating on oneself, and sometimes the outcome is quite fabulous.


The fruits of it are not pretty fantastic, art is not just that.

The fruits of his self indulgence is the weakest Floyd album since Syd left.


There's absolutely nothing wrong with drawing inspiration from personal experience.

My problem with The Wall is that it's just not musically amazing all the way through; the concept is great.


There is something wrong with basing the music of an entire band all around yourself, especially when the story you are tyring to tell cannot be well told through music. The reason for the issue in musicality is Waters' self indulgence, neglecting the abilities, lyrical and musical of others, and forcing through his agenda.

Brilliant may be over selling it. There are a handful of very good tracks, but it just doesn't compare to some of their earlier pure brilliance.stephenage