Sound — 10
This album has the widest coverage of the Pink Floyd Sound. From Shine On You Crazy Diamond (synthesized) to Wish You Were Here (acoustic). The album was made basically as a tribute to Syd Barrett mainly the song Shine On You Crazy Diamond. The last album until A Momentary Lapse of Reason to have equal input from the whole band and it shows in a good way.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are meaningful. Shine On You Crazy Diamond talks about Syd's mental disease. Welcome to the Machine is about not breaking out and following the conveyer belt of life (depicted in The Wall movie) could be considered the first dab at The Wall. Have a Cigar is full of sarcastic lyrics (which one's Pink) and features an outsider singing. Wish You Were Here could also be about Syd or a loved one. This is the last album not dominated by Roger Waters vocals until he left the band.
Overall Impression — 10
This is the best Pink Floyd album. Possibly the best album of the '70s other than Boston and Led Zeppelin IV. The album is really 4 songs being that Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts VI-IX is really a filler. That's the only bad thing about the album otherwise flawless and classic Pink Floyd. Wish You Were Here and Have a Cigar stand out as the best songs but Welcome to the Machine is right up there. If it were lost I would definitley buy it again. Here's an overview of the best album of '75. 01. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts I-V - this song features several solos until the vocals enter. Starting with the more noise than music intro followed by a sax solo and a long guitar solo. 02. Welcome To The Machine - much like Crazy Diamond by having several synthesizers and effects. Contains the most obscure vocals ever by David Gilmour. 03. Have A Cigar - a light side to the two previous tracks and much shorter Have a Cigar is about the Pink Floyd story to a point. Some of Gilmour's best guitar work is featured here. 04. Wish You Were Here - one of the greatest Rock N' Roll songs ever and an acoustic no less. Listen for Gilmour's cough at about the 25 second mark. 05. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Parts VI-IX - not much to be said about this song adds more solos and this time Roger Waters sings.