Pink Floyd – Animals 2018 Remix (1977 – 2022)
Released in the days of punk rock, and generally hated and ignored by the new generation. But dig a bit deeper and you’ll find ‘Animals’ to be much more ‘punk’ than most punk albums.
‘Animals’ by Pink Floyd is a piece of sarcastic, ironic, sour and exceptionally accurate social criticism. Lyrically, the album has more in common with punk than prog. But ironically, musically, “Animals” is also the closest Pink Floyd ever got to Prog.
This 2018 remix largely corrects what was found to be wrong with the original mix – the slightly mushy and “flat” sound. The 2018 remix sounds so much better.
The details emerge more clearly, and each instrument has been given more room to ‘breath’.
At least that’s how it sounds to my ears. My original vinyl copy was purchased in Greece way back in the late 70s, and although I don’t know much about Greek pressings, I don’t think they are known for their superior quality. My 1994 CD copy sounds better, but yet again, no cigar (pun intended).
But this one is ace. It’s like having something clogged up in your ears for 45 years, and suddenly your ears pop and you can hear clearly again.
I’ve been involved in countless discussions about whether Pink Floyd was prog, space rock, cleverly disguised art rock or simply a straight-up pop group throughout the years, and I’m none the wiser. But when it comes to this album, in particular, I feel that Waters & Co. closed in on the philosophy of prog rock – at least musically if not lyrically.
And it is a glorious album. Almost as good as ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’ (and soooo superior to “The Wall” IMO). Gilmour has never sounded better than here, and the songs ebb and flow so naturally. Especially ‘Dogs’ breaks down into the different movements so in such an elegant way, that you are hardly aware of the time changes and all the musical antics that are happening in the song.
‘Animals’ come across as the most complex of all Pink Floyd albums, and it really rewards repeated listening, especially now that the muffled sound and production have been cleaned up.
And that David Gilmour guitar solo that comes in at 3.45 on “Dogs” is undoubtedly one of his crowning moments.
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