Sound — 10
This album is excellent in every aspect from start to finish. Shine On Part 1 is perfect in every way. The key/synths are great, and the solos are regarded as some of Gilmours finest. Welcome To The Machine is the perfect blend of acoustic guitars and synths with some of the albums darker lyrics and vocals. Have A Cigar is one of my personal favorites from the opening palm muting and riff to the one of Gilmours rawest and better solos. Wish You Were Here is an absolute classic. The riff is so simple (as is the Floyd's stlye), yet so moving and memorable. Everybody knows and loves the song. Shine On Part 2 is the perfect way to close one of the greatest albums of all time. Some more keys and synths, a slide guitar solo played with a Zippo, David Gilmours way of paying homage to Syd. And a funk-jazz jam session in the middle with some of Rick Wrights finest piano/organ work that fades back into the rythm of Shine On Part 1. The overall sound of the album varies, from electronic synths to acoustic guitars and jazz organs and funk bass. This is classic Floyd, ever progressing and always doing things differently.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on Wish You Were Here are simply genious, because, well, Roger Waters is after all a lyrical genious. Heavily metaphorical, as is most of the Floyds lyrics. Obviously reffering to Syd Barret, Pink Floyds original frontman and lead guitarist. Syd went schizophrenic after too many acid trips and maybe a mental illness that went unrecognized since birth. Roger started to miss Syd, and wrote Wish You Were Here about him. Some of the metaphors are in Shine On You Crazy Diamond, if you skip over every word and put the first letters together, you get SYD ((S)hine On (Y)ou Crazy (D)iamond). Another is the lyric, "You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon", the "secret" is A Saucerful Of Secrets, the first album the Floyd realesed without Syd (with the exception of the song Jugband Blues) and the "moon" is reffering to Dark Side Of The Moon, the last album before Wish You Were Here.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is perfect in every way, shape and form. It is definately one of, if not the best Pink Floyd albums. My favorite songs are Shine On and Wish You Were Here (who doesn't love that song?) I love everything about it. If it was stolen I would immediatly buy another one, after hunting down the person who stole it, and congradulating him on their choice of album to steal.