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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, Animals is the strangest and darkest, a record that's hard to initially embrace yet winds up yielding as many rewards as its equally nihilistic successor, The Wall. It isn't that Roger Waters dismisses the human race as either pigs, dogs, or sheep, it's that he's constructed an album whose music is as bleak and bitter as that world view. Arriving after the warm-spirited albeit melancholy Wish You Were Here, the shift in tone comes as a bit of a surprise, and there are even less proper songs here than on either Wish or Dark Side. Animals is all extended pieces, yet it never drifts -- it slowly, ominously works its way ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all of the classic-era Pink Floyd albums, Animals is the strangest and darkest, a record that's hard to initially embrace yet winds up yielding as many rewards as its equally nihilistic successor, The Wall. It isn't that Roger Waters dismisses the human race as either pigs, dogs, or sheep, it's that he's constructed an album whose music is as bleak and bitter as that world view. Arriving after the warm-spirited albeit melancholy Wish You Were Here, the shift in tone comes as a bit of a surprise, and there are even less proper songs here than on either Wish or Dark Side. Animals is all extended pieces, yet it never drifts -- it slowly, ominously works its way toward its destination. For an album that so clearly is Waters', David Gilmour's guitar dominates thoroughly, with Richard Wright's keyboards rarely rising above a mood-setting background such as on the intro to "Sheep". This gives the music, on occasion, immediacy and actually heightens the dark mood by giving it muscle. It also makes Animals as accessible as it possibly could be, since it surges with bold blues-rock guitar lines and hypnotic space rock textures. Through it all, though, the utter blackness of Waters' spirit holds true, and since there are no vocal hooks or melodies, everything rests on the mood, the near-nihilistic lyrics, and Gilmour's guitar. These are the kinds of things that satisfy cultists, and it will reward their attention -- there's just no way in for casual listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497914951
  • Catalog Number: 791495
  • Sales rank: 367

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pigs on the Wing 1 (1:25)
  2. 2 Dogs (17:05)
  3. 3 Pigs (Three Different Ones) (11:26)
  4. 4 Sheep (10:18)
  5. 5 Pigs on the Wing 2 (1:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Roger Waters Bass Guitar, Vocals
Nick Mason Drums
Richard Wright Keyboards
David Gilmour Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer, Original Sleeve Design
Nick Mason Producer, Artwork
Pink Floyd Producer
David Gilmour Composer
James Guthrie Mastering
Brian Humphries Engineer
Joel Plante Mastering
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  • Posted October 6, 2014

    This is probably the best Pink Floyd album in my opinion; it doe

    This is probably the best Pink Floyd album in my opinion; it does not have any annoying or irritating moments, it is fully enjoyable, it shows the bands take on the government, and it sounds great..

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