Sound — 8
A Saucerful Of Secrets expanded "The Pink Floyd Sound" greatly. It was definitely a transitional album. Pink Floyd started out as a psychedelic rock group with a bit of space rock sound. But with the deteriorating mental state of their leader Syd Barrett, they decided change was in order. David Gilmour was enlisted to become a full time member of the band. I've always appreciated this album a bit more than their other albums for two reasons. Firstly, it's the only album of theirs in which they have five members of the band. Most people overlook it as it was only a short period. The other reason is that Rick Wright contributed extensively to this album. His songwriting is very underrated. He proves that he is just as capable as David and Roger at writing with his songs "Remember a Day" and "See Saw". The band continues their fascination with spacey sounds by including the track "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun", a hypnotic song filled with vibraphones and timpani. A lot of oddities can be found on this album. "Corporal Clegg" is a very playful song that is very beatlesque. The title track "A Saucerful Of Secrets" is a four part track that is chaotic, avant-garde, and just a pure sonic delight. Syd Barrett wrote the final track. Never has a song been so happy and so sad at the same time.
Lyrics — 8
Typical Pink Floyd lyrics can be found on this album. Obscure. Introspective. Well, aside from the more silly tracks such as "Corporal Clegg" and "Jugband Blues". Rick Wright provides the majority of vocals on this album. He sings wonderfully. Roger occasionally lends his "vocal ability" to the group. David isn't quite out of his shell yet so he sticks to backing vocals mainly. Barrett sings his final song, marking an end to the first era of Pink Floyd.
Overall Impression — 8
As previously mentioned, this is a transitional album. It's not as structured as "The Piper At The Gates of Dawn". Pink Floyd is beginning to take chances and experiment. This trend would continue from "Ummagumma" to around "Meddle". This has always been my favorite era of Pink Floyd, simply because of the unpredictability. Sure "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wish You Were Here" are excellent albums. I love them to death. But they are predictable. "A Saucerful Of Secrets" is not without it's flaws though. The album can slow down at points such as "Set the Controls" and during some parts of the title track. The band also lacks the maturity and discipline that they would later show. Nonetheless, "A Saucerful Of Secrets" is a great effort. All serious Pink Floyd fans and fans of psychedelia in general should check this album out.