Inside The Wall: Pink Floyd's 'Final' Album Is Process On Display While The Endless River may not satisfy song-hungry fans, it does make clear the group's knack for lush textural explorations.
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Inside The Wall: Pink Floyd's 'Final' Album Is Process On Display

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Inside The Wall: Pink Floyd's 'Final' Album Is Process On Display

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Pink Floyd has released what's described as the band's final album. Their last studio release was 20 years ago. The new album is called "The Endless River." Critic Tom Moon says it's not groundbreaking work, but it is a glimpse into the legendary band's songwriting process.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IT'S WHAT WE DO")

TOM MOON, BYLINE: In typically grandiose fashion, Pink Floyd has created its own requiem.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IT'S WHAT WE DO")

MOON: Inside these gussied-up fragments from the archives are all of the band's trademarks. There are majestic processional's moving at glacial pace, and otherworldly synth-scapes, and, of course, the gorgeous, perpetually questing lead guitar of David Gilmour.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IT'S WHAT WE DO")

MOON: Just one thing missing - songs. You know, like, with words and melodies. There's only one of those and it's called "Louder Than Words."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LOUDER THAN WORDS")

PINK FLOYD: (Singing) It's louder than words, this thing that we do. Louder than words, the way it unfurls. It's louder than words, the sum of our parts, the beat of our hearts, is louder than words, louder than words.

MOON: This new album was recorded mostly in 1993 during sessions for "The Division Bell." The band recorded 20 hours of ambient interludes intended to connect the songs and then left them on the cutting room floor. After keyboardist Rick Wright died in 2008, Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason revisited the material. In some cases, they added new parts to the atmospheric pieces.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AUTUMN '68")

MOON: This vivid film score stuff might not be for those who are just discovering Pink Floyd and have yet to spend the wee hours with "Dark Side Of The Moon." But for the super fan it offers a peek into the inner workings of the Pink Floyd architecture. The absence of narrative makes it possible to focus on the musical details - the ornate tones and plush textures, the peaks and valleys this band spun into enthrallingly epic journeys.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SUM")

SIEGEL: Tom Moon reviewed Pink Floyd's "The Endless River."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SUM")

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