Sound — 10
"Wish You Were Here" represents a high point in Pink Floyd's post-psychedelia period. Although Dark Side Of The Moon is an excellent album as well, This is the album which most exemplifies what Pink Floyd are capable of creating with a more purely "progressive" sphere. Alos, it may very well represent the last time that Gilmour and Waters actually seemed to be collaborators on the music in question, not to mention the last time that Richard Wright (Keyboards) had a truly substantial role to fill (Nick Mason (Drums), not surprisingly, is generally irrelevant). With "The Wall" and especially "The Final Cut", Waters had completely taken over the direction of the band. "Wish You Were Here", however, actually shows a band working with some sense of solidarity, and benefits because of it.
Lyrics — 8
"Wish You Were Here" is among the greatest prog ballads ever written, with lyrics suggesting a dangerous mystery (unquestionably referring to Roger Barrett, a hero in his own right) which still have the slightly elusive quality which they possessed on the initial release of the song. A triumph.
Overall Impression — 10
Arguably one of Pink Floyds best albums, and a historic milestone in the history of the band. Excellent.