Pink Floyd ‘The Endless River’ Review

By Louie Wieseman
     It’s been 20 years since the last Pink Floyd album, The Division Bell, was released in March 1994. One of the most influential and progressive rock bands are back with a new album, The Endless River. The effort was led by David Gilmour, as were most of the efforts put out by the band since Roger Waters’s departure in 1985. The Live 8 Music Festival was Pink Floyd’s only major reunion since the band’s break up in 1994. Roger Waters did solo tours, playing Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall. (Note: The Wall was absolutely insane to see live. A must see for any Pink Floyd fan!)
     So how doesThe Endless River hold up? Well, it’s spacey music, good for a background of a scene in some crime drama. Granted, it’s a bit of a stretch, but the mood of the album changes from the beginning on out.

The album is split into four different parts (well, at least on Spotify). The first part sounds like the soundtrack to a mystery scene and is completely instrumental.

Part two dives into something similar to the first part, only a bit more upbeat. The guitar stays consistent, soloing over the drums and organ ambience, and playing the occasional power chord to keep energy up. By the fourth track,  the mood changes to something completely different.

Part three heads in a different direction, then shifts back to spacey material from parts one and two. Track four, “Allons-y (1)” (a possible Doctor Who reference), has the same vibe as The Wall, making this song a likely hit, but it doesn’t last long. This part left me wondering if they actually get Stephen Hawkins for vocals on “Talkin’ Hawkin’?”

Part four is more of the same sounds and drags the rest of the album along. The last track of part four is where the singing finally happens. The lyrics? Pure Pink Floyd, a great thing!

If the full album was just one of these parts without the other three, I would have been satisfied. However, much of the album’s songs sound the same. Sadly, it’s much the same thing for an entire hour. I wouldn’t know where one song ends and other begins without looking at the tracks. It’s disappointing for a Pink Floyd album fans were dying to hear. We should look at the positive: it’s a new Pink Floyd album.