Sound — 10
The sound on Wish You Were Here is far different from what the band had been doing up until then, you hear a lot of synth and keyboard action but it's different from what people were hearing on Dark Side and Meddle. The sound is very good, probably the best out of all the Floyd's albums. You go from hearing acoustic melodies like Wish and then straight into a synth-rock-guitar song like Have A Cigar, which also boasts a fantastic bass line by Waters.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics like most post/Syd albums have meaning and clarity to them. Waters writes about things happening currently yet he is also writing about the past and everything in between. It's a fairly light hearted album (besides Welcome to The Machine) and I find that it's the only Floyd album that I can just enjoy without trying to find out what Waters is saying. It's incredibly detailed and well written but it's also very well sung. From Gilmour's strong touch and his scat singing on Wish to Roy Harper's agressive stint on Have A Cigar it is, through and through, a perfect vocally arranged album.
Overall Impression — 10
Wish is the best Floyd album in my overall opinion because of it's beauty and it's dynamic. It's a strong rock album but it delves deeper than that and reaches something in all of us. Songs that really stick out in my mind are Shine On and Wish because of the lyrics and how one (Shine) talks about Syd's life before and after and the other (Wish) talks about dealing with life without Syd and it is really beautiful and extremely meaningful. If anything were to happen to my personal copy, of course I would buy another and anyone who doesn't yet have a copy, do your self a favor and buy this album, it won't change your life but it will give you some good times to be remembered.