Pink Floyd – Animals
With this album, Roger Waters really started taking control of the band, coming up with the concept for the album and writing all the lyrics and most of the music. Gilmour and Wright still add a lot of their own personal touches on guitar and keys though, so the disc still has the “feel” of a Pink Floyd album, rather than a Waters solo album.
The band had been playing two of the three major songs on this album for quite a while in concert: “You’ve Gotta Be Crazy” and “Raving and Drooling” became “Dogs” and “Sheep” respectively, although the lyrics were modified for the studio versions.
The reviews that already exist on Ground and Sky as I write this have covered the album pretty thoroughly, so I’ll just mention that this disc contains what have to be Water’s most pessimistic lyrics ever: “You have to be trusted by the people that you lie to, so that when they turn their backs on you you’ll get the chance to put the knife in”. I bet Roger’s lots of fun at parties.
Overall, this is a great disc, easily as good as Dark Side and Wish You Were Here. I’m not sure why it doesn’t seem to have the “classic” reputation that those albums do – possibly just because of its ultra-dark lyrics.