Pink Floyd – Meddle
Meddle, released in 1971, is a transitional album between the more experimental early incarnation of the band and the later, more “vanilla” progressive rock band of the mid-late 70s. Unfortunately, this album captures the stronger aspects of neither era.
The opening track is one of the strong parts of the album, built upon a monster riff from Roger Waters of all people, entitled “One of These Days (I’m going to cut you into little pieces)”. This is a powerful six minutes in which we get to hear the “Dr. Who” theme briefly. The rest of the first side of the album consists of pop ranging from mediocre to annoying.
The side-long epic, “Echoes”, is a pretty good stab at prog greatness, but falls somewhat short. It seems like there is about ten minutes worth of themes and ideas here, yet the song is 23 minutes long. I don’t mean to be overly harsh, because the good stuff here is certainly good, but it could have been great and it isn’t. I simply can’t agree with those who claim it is the Floyd’s greatest hour either.
So there you have it. While I’m sure this album has its supporters, I would mainly recommend it to established fans of the band. Depending on if you are a Waters fan or a Barrett fan, the best was either yet to come or already behind them. Either way, it isn’t here