Sound — 8
A sophmore album not unlike their LSD-induced (but wonderful) "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn," "A Saucerful Of Secrets" has many great moments as well as the all-too familiar weak points that often surface in sophmore albums. The impeccable David Gilmour makes his debut (one that would later change the face of Pink Floyd alltogether) after replacing the insane genious Syd Barrett during the recording of this very album From Roger Water's eerie bass line that begins the psychadelic journey of "Let There Be More Light" to the final, bittersweet note of Syd Barrett's swan song, "Jugband Blues," A Saucerful Of Secrets proves to be one of Pink Floyd's most interesting efforts to date.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics of many of these songs seem to be written in an LSD induced haze, and although they often don't make much sense, they strike a deep chord with all true Pink Floyd fans. While many songs do feature the infuence of psychedelic drugs, songs like, "Remember A Day" show advances in the songwriting department while songs like "Corporal Clegg" are merely silly, fun compositions that are reminiscent of the Beatles "Sgt. Peppers" Many voices surface in this album, from David Gilmour to Roger Waters to Nick Mason, and ending with a bizarre yet appealing vocal from infamous Syd Barrett. All of the singers' voices mesh very well with the music, and the songs would not sound the same without them.
Overall Impression — 8
While it pales in comparison to albums like "Meddle," "Dark Side Of The Moon" and "Animals," this album is incredible in its own right, for after this one, Pink Floyd was leaning away fro their pschedelic rock and venturing more into progressive space rock. My favorites on this one are "Let There Be More Light", "Corporal Clegg" (Kazoo solo included), and "Jugband Blues." This is a worthy addition to any Floyd fan's collection, and it makes for an entertaining lidten.