Sound — 9
If anything, Pink Floyd, itself, as a total magnum opus of rock music, with their heavily-processed guitars, sound effects, and lyrical style. PULSE heavily emphasizes David Gilmour's guitar solos, making Comfortably Numb, a usual 6 minutes, 25 seconds, a whopping 9 minutes 32, thanks to an extended guitar solo. The (interesting) cover of the double-disc set is a dilated pupil, surrounded by an iris, and orbited by the moon, with various photographic and painted imagery around it. The cover itself was designed by Storm Thorgeson, a long-time painter for The Floyd, with a distinctive style himself, and has also worked with some computer effects, on albums such as Wish You Were Here, Dark Side Of The Moon, Animals, and the photography on the Piper at the Gates Of Dawn. Their use of sound effects to blend each song into the next is quite effective, and one last thing: look out for Learning To Fly. Personally, I liked the album version better, with the guitar intro.
Lyrics — 8
Although Roger Water's lyrical style is quite a distinctive sound, David Gilmour and Richard Wrights vocal cords can't exactly pull off that Waters sound. David sings rather low, and Wright has a tendancy towards The Beatles sound. However, I enjoyed the music, and some songs were better than others, so I've relingquished a bit.
Overall Impression — 6
As for overall impression, PULSE is a pathetic attempt at a 'Best Of' album. I'm sorry, but there's always Echoes. I also think that among all the fancy packaging, there is a message. A message that says "We want Roger back, we're trying to get back into the scene" thing. As for me, I'm off to listen to DSOTM again.