Pink Floyd-The Division Bell (1994)

My Rating: 77% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: 50%

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 64% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Cluster One
  2. What Do You Want From Me
  3. Poles Apart
  4. Marooned
  5. A Great Day For Freedom
  6. Wearing The Inside Out
  7. Take It Back
  8. Coming Back To Life
  9. Keep Talking
  10. Lost For Words
  11. High Hopes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

About to go to sleep.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

One of the classics, I’ve seen this cover everywhere.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yep!

Final Thoughts:

The big argument against The Division Bell is that it doesn’t sound like Pink Floyd, and I could understand the frustration with that, but in all honesty I still don’t know what Pink Floyd sounds like. I’ve listened to a handful of tracks of theirs since high school (Money, Goodbye Blue Sky, Another Brick In the Wall) but besides that I’ve never been too familiar, so when putting on The Division Bell my bias was fairly low, I had little to compare it to so it was a fresh album. I liked what I heard for the most part, laid back, jazzy, epic large vocals, it’s not an amazing album, but it’s a solid one, and I’d be happy to have it in my collection.

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ATA Kak-Obaa Sima (1994)

My Rating: 64% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 64%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Obaa Sima
  2. Moma Yendodo
  3. Adagya
  4. Medofo
  5. Daa Nyinaa
  6. Yemmpa Aba
  7. Bome Nnwom

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some hella funky beats.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah, it’s pretty typical of the genre. Not a huge fan. I don’t hate it either, though.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No thanks.

Final Thoughts:

AKA Kak does one thing incredibly well: their beats. Every tracks beat is incredible, sounding like it belongs on a Sega game at points, as well as in a dance hall at other times. The problem with the record is that it is not that easy for casual listening. For the most part I don’t want this album on my shuffle because it’s awfully repetitive and typically the tracks are a little too long for my liking. A fun experience, but not one I’m signing up for again.

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