Pink Floyd, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 06.08.11 in Reviews

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason (2011 - Remaster)

Pink Floyd
Proving the lasting value of Pink Floyd

If 1983's The Final Cut was a Roger Waters solo album in all but name, then 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason marked David Gilmour's turn to impose his musical will upon Pink Floyd. Waters had left Pink Floyd in late 1985, assuming that the band wouldn't be able to carry on without him; but after extended legal wrangling, Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason won the right to keep the band name. Comprised mostly of material that had originally been intended for Gilmour's third solo album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason proved the lasting value of the Pink Floyd name, selling millions of copies despite the fact that it sounded very little like a Pink Floyd album. Recorded with a veritable army of session musicians, and co-produced by Bob Ezrin (who'd previously twiddled knobs on The Wall), AMLOR has the lushness of classic Floyd, but little of the life; even the album's best tracks, like "Learning to Fly" and "On the Turning Away" — both of which were co-written with Anthony Moore (aka Anthony More) of '70s avant-garde pop band Slapp Happy — are little more than agreeably memorable trifles. Waters may have been a difficult personality to work with, but a little bit of his difficult personality would have gone a long way here.