Sound — 8
In early 1969, and after first frontman left the band, the Floyd were comissioned by Barbet Schroeder to make the soundtrack for the film "More", a stark portrait of the European hippie life on the late sixties. That's why many people complain about this soundtrack, a beautiful listening experience at many times. So, "Music from the Film More" isn't one of the Floyd most praised or known albums, but is sadly underrated, when I find some gems. First, the bad news. Floyd was trying to be metal. Bad move. Both "The Nile Song" and "Ibiza Bar" share the same melody, and they are so stupid. They inspired some other boring "hard rock" songs in the future, but that's another story. Also, hear the Floyd going ambient with the 7-minute pseudo-"space rock" borefest "Quicksilver", that presages the worst moments of Ummagumma's studio album. Just a lot of keyboard nonsense. Well, that were just the bad news. The good news are that, after trying to find his style btween singles and albums, Waters finally finds a sound akin to his lyricism: folk rock. You know, he is a Bob Dylan fan, after all. And here we get a lot of real great folk songs: "Cirrus Minor" (beautiful sequence of chords, great organs), "Crying Song" (with Waters trademark bass line that you can hear clearly on "Careful with That Axe, Eugene"), "Green Is the Colour" (beautiful, great keyboards), and the best song here: "Cymbaline". Yeah, I adore that one, great singing, and nice piano parts. All of these songs receive the usual Floyd treatment, some keyboards, and some ocasional electric guitar. Also, you get some oddities here: the closing "Dramatic Theme" (which ripoffs the bass line from "Let There Be More Light", but it's OK, also, the ending guitar by Gilmour is pretty good), "Main Theme" (a "krautrock" sound collage, combining "Dramatic Theme", some keyboards, and a gong), the amazing blues jam (appropiately titled) "More Blues", some percussion and keyboards highlights with "Up the Kyber" and "Party Sequence". Oh, and the novelty "Spanish Piece", with pseudo-Spanish guitar, and funny pseudo-Spanish phrases ('pass the tequila, Manuel') inserted by Gilmour (it was, in fact, his first composition with the band).
Lyrics — 7
OK, yes, they're just trying to recognize their sound, but just as I said, and for that reason half of the album is instrumental, but the folky ballads are beautiful, they sound Dylanesque at times. Also, it's the first (of three) soundtracks in which the band contributed, so, the lyricism is perhaps influenced by the movie. But only 3 years, the band demonstrated their real potential when they made soundtracks.
Overall Impression — 8
A highly underrated album, is pretty good, perhaps not one of the band's stronger showings, but still, it's overall a very listenable (with three exceptions), and sometimes fascinating soundtrack album. Oh, and I've never seen the movie, but well, with reading the liner notes is more than enough for me. Good luck with this album. It will reward you at some point.