Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pink Floyd, A Momentary Lapse of Reason

Something about this cover impresses me.

It’s probably the great effort the designers put in to make it happen. Instead of relying on studio tricks and effects to get good cover art, they took 700 beds to a beach in Devon in England, setting the stage for an amazing picture.

Now that’s dedication.

I have not been able to discover, however, whether the hang glider above the scene--probably a reference to the "Learning To Fly" single on the album--was actually live in the shot. I hope so; it somehow seems a much better cover if it's real.


Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, a decent album but truly a work of art cover-wise

March 4, 2009 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

There's a reason it's so good. It was done by Storm Thorgerson (of Hipgnosis which produced so, so many great covers).

As far as the music goes, the "Learning to Fly" single was a really good song and "On the Turning Away" can sometimes hit me the right way, but the rest is among the worst music to ever carry the Pink Floyd name. "Dog s of War" is downright painful to listen to. Two things played into this: First, the band, like it was over the last two Waters-era albums (which also sucked), was disjointed with little to no creative input from the underrated and essential Rick Wright. Second, Bob Ezrin had too much control. He only has two writing credits, but his dulling influence is heard throughout. Rick Wright tremendous presence on Division Bell far outweighed Ezrin and resulted in the best Pink Floyd (if you can call it that) record since Animals.

March 6, 2009 at 6:58 AM  

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