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Jul. 29th, 2014

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Last night I listened to The Division Bell for the first time in years. For me, it's the definitive Pink Floyd album.

Yes, I'm aware that makes me some kind of uncultured music dunce. To add to that perception, I have always preferred David Gilmour's contribution over Roger Waters'. I find Roger Waters' stuff harsh on my ears and his overwrought angstifying somewhat annoyingly whiny. Gilmour also seems to have graduated from the School of Whinge, but at least his music is pleasant to listen to and threaded with the occasional glimmer of hope.

Anyway, yeah. The Division Bell was released in 1994, and so it formed part of the soundtrack to my escape from Dargaville and all the crap that went along with it. I played it endlessly between 1995 and 1998, so for me it's the music of transformation and healing. I think perhaps given some of the lyrics, there's some introspective stuff in there about the Gilmour/Waters split, but for me, two songs stand out as relevant to my own situation at the time; Poles Apart and Coming Back To Life.


Did you know...
it was all going to go
so wrong for you?
And did you see
it was all going to be
so right for me?


I am not above feeling the joy that comes with the revenge of a life well lived. Just saying. And then there's this:

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life.


That was totally me hiding out in the boonies and chasing sheep and avoiding people while I started to rebuild myself. Nothing at all subtle there, eh? I don't have Gilmour's vocal range, especially in the low notes, but you can bet your arse I was singing along like a champ. Loudly.

I've come a long way since those days. I'm glad I still like the music from then though.

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From:ms_danson
Date:July 28th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
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That is the only pink Floyd album I bought. I very much enjoyed it.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 28th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I have several, but it's the only one I listen to.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 28th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)

"that makes me some kind of uncultured music dunce"

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You know far more than I do about Pink Floyd, and people like what they like.

So I think you should not be so deprecating about your musical taste, nyah! ;-p
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From:tatjna
Date:July 28th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)

Re: "that makes me some kind of uncultured music dunce"

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;-p

I totally like what I like, and I've often been amazed at how many people think that Roger Waters was the only thing that made Pink Floyd good, and will be quite horrible to anyone who disagrees.

Luckily, I care zero what those people think.
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From:fbhjr
Date:July 28th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
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I've got a bunch of their albums, but still think Division Bell is one of the best.
Most of the others there is a song or two I like. On Division Bell it is almost every song.
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From:richaarde
Date:July 28th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
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I wasn't the biggest fan of Division Bell, but I do think David Gilmour is an excellent front man.

Roger Waters is a great writer, but ugh, that screeching voice of his. Sometimes it fits the song, but sometimes it just sounds awful.
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:July 28th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
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I love Division Bell and saw them perform it live on tour. Gilmour is a genius.
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From:nick_101
Date:July 29th, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
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Not a big fan of the Division Bell, but they do have some very good songs like High Hopes and Coming Back To Life. Momentary Lapse of Reason was the better post-Waters album to me. Gilmour is the best PF vocalist, IMO.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 29th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
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There are several songs on Momentary Lapse that I like*, but there are more on The Division Bell. Both are in my top 10 though.

* I saw them live in 1988 on the tour for this album. ;-)
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:July 29th, 2014 02:46 am (UTC)
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i love that album also! some of my very favorite songs. lovely transformative stuff. i had no idea we had that in common!
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From:tatjna
Date:July 29th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I guess I don't post much about music here. I'm surprised how many people have responded saying they like it! ;-)
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From:blue_eye
Date:July 29th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
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I'm a Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall kinda gal.
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From:pundigrion
Date:July 30th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
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Ditto!
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From:alphamatrix
Date:July 29th, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
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I love the Division Bell, but for me, it's High Hopes. Mainly because I first heard it with images from the Pulse Tour, watching the DVD with my Dad.

We have a shared love of Pink Floyd, though Dad seems to love Money, which is one of my least favourite songs :/
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From:pythia
Date:July 29th, 2014 11:38 am (UTC)
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Yep, I go with High Hopes as well. Still gives me goosebumps.
Amazing album.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:July 29th, 2014 11:47 am (UTC)
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I like Money, but mostly because I used to play bass guitar and it has a solid (and pretty easy) bass line.
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From:damnitnicole
Date:August 5th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
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Whatevs, I love that album, too. :D
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