Pink Floyd – The Endless River | A (not too long) Review

coverA review about a Pink Floyd record should be biased, in my case. I’m a huge fan since for ever, and bands like Pink Floyd are the major part of my musical imprints, this (Progressive Rock) is the music I grew up with. But I guess this review isn’t as biased as one would expect, for a simple reason: I’m not a boy anymore, but a professional musician myself, and here’s some anticipation: the record is no masterpiece at all. We’re talking about this product  (Deluxe CD\ Blu-ray Casebook Edition), to be precise.

So, I’ve listened to all material twice, in 24bit / 96khz audio quality, on my dry and natural sounding YAMAHA NS-G 30 speakers. If something sounds good on those, they sound fabulous on every system.

Let’s start there, at the mix and mastering of the album. To make it short: it’s crap, if you ask me. You don’t need 24bit / 96khz at all when you have a mix and mastering that is as bad as this. I really have no idea how a band with this history and financial background can deliver a bad sounding album like this.

The mix is muddy, intransparent, lacks a real stereo imaging and filling of the panorama (some things sound totally mono to me), especially the guitars and pianos are too loud and sharp, the drums go under and totally lack presence.

The mastering lacks everything from punch to richness and brilliance … this record just has zero BOOM and WOW, something that was always present on other Pink Floyd records. All of this isn’t given, “Louder Than Words” sounds like a bad rip off a crappy radio station.

Nick Mason has never been an exceptional drummer, but on this record most of the drum parts sound like he’s a total beginner. Bad timing (not even audio-quantized in post production), and same goes for some parts of Richard Wright. I mean, when the band brags about more than 2 years of work on an album, I expect things to be on point, at least.

Of course, David Gilmour IS an exceptional player, and his guitar play is actually the only thrilling element on the whole album. There are some really good moments, but all of this isn’t enough to touch or move me emotionally. The album sounds unprofessional, unfinished and uninspired.

The artwork is ‘nice’ at best, but nothing like the Storm Thorgerson artworks of the past. Okay, the guy is dead (so is Richard Wright), but I think the band could’ve come up with something more original.

One more thing on mix and mastering … please, take the time to listen to those 2 pieces and compare the qualities:

This one is recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by myself (you might wanna skip to 6:35 for the fabulous Gilmour-esque guitar):

This the “Making Of …” video, showing the recording, narrated in German by guest guitarist Alex Schweigert:

Make up your own mind. My rating for “The Endless River”:

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4/10 for David Gilmour’s guitar play and the bands legacy.

OMFG Of The Year: Pink Floyd – The Endless River

Pink Floyd is coming. My excitement knows no limits. 😀

Pink Floyd has revealed details of its upcoming album, The Endless River, which marks the band’s first new release in 20 years.

According to a new interview in Uncut (via SteveHoffman.TV), the album has a release date of November 10th. David Gilmour and Nick Mason began the recording process in November 2013 and spent 30 days overdubbing guitars and recording drums. Roxy Music guitarist and producer Phil Manzanera was also heavily involved in the creative process.

Pink Floyd’s website has revealed the album’s artwork (above) and tracklist (below). Spanning 18 tracks, the album will be available on standard CD, double vinyl, and as a deluxe box set that includes 39-minutes of extra material. Pre-orders are now ongoing.

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The cover artwork: “Life Of Pi” above the clouds?

Remove iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes music library and purchases

Apple has reacted. At least. Remove iTunes gift album “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes music library and purchases.

To remove this album:

  1. Go to itunes.com/soi-remove.
  2. Click Remove Album to confirm you’d like to remove the album from your account.
  3. Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.
  4. You’ll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.

U2 & Apple: Probably The Biggest PR Stunt In The History Of The Music Industry

Bono reiterated that Apple bought Songs of Innocence to thank their users for their patronage, and that the band was appropriately compensated.

Of course they did. I said that in the moment I heard the news of Apple acting as a major label, because this is what major labels do: pre-paying for a deal like that, regardless of later royalties.

This is probably the biggest PR stunt in the history of the music industry.

My opinion? This is what brought the whole whole world of music into trouble in the first place (greed). I’m zero interested in listening to that album, and I won’t. I don’t give a fuck, to be precise. To me, Bono is nothing but a hypocrite, and a brilliant business man. As a musician I lost all respect.

“Songs Of Innocence” is exactly not this: innocent.

via Bono Talks ‘Songs of Innocence’, New Music in Letter to Fans | Rolling Stone.

POLL: How should my next album be?

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Part of the artwork concept. Video still by John Sobek, artwork will be done by 3D artist Adam Martinakis.

As some of you know, I’m already working on my next album (which was due in 2013, sorry, I got “distracted” 😀 ), to be released in 2014, alongside my latest album THE GREAT ESCAPE. The new album shall be called “WHEREVER YOU ARE”, and I want to have great music videos and a stunning 3D artwork  for it, too.

I have lots of material and sketches/ideas already, so I’d have a lot to choose from, but I’m a bit unsure about the general direction for the album. This is why I ask you about your opinion/feeling.

Be a part of the creation process! What would you like to hear most? 🙂

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