Sound — 10
The second of many Pink Floyd concept albums, the general theme of this album revolves around previous singer Syd Barrett and the music industry, and evolves on the sound presented in their previous album, Dark Side of the Moon. Late keyboardist Richard Wright demonstrates innovative use of synthesizers on this album, especially in the tracks Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-IV) and (Parts VI-IX), and lyrically, the albums continues it's largely psychadelic and mellow sound, setting a spacey mood that sucks you into the album from the moment you start the CD.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrically, this album pays tribute to ex-singer and guitarist Syd Barrett (Shine on You Crazy Diamond... , Wish You Were Here) as well as criticizes the music industry (Welcome to The Machine, Have a Cigar). Vocally, this album is amazing. The tone and pitch of both Gilmour and Waters match the mellow that the album presents to the listener, as well as add to the psychadelic presence.
Overall Impression — 10
Its impossible to compare Pink Floyd to other artists because they're such an influencial and powerful group, however, compared to other albums of their's, Wish You Were Here definately expands on the work of Dark Side of the Moon, especially in the area of synthesizers and keyboard work. I love the album, and Pink Floyd in general, because of how well their albums seem to 'fit together'. The vocals and instrumental work match perfectly in mood and tone, and lyrically, their ingenious. If stolen, I'd hunt the dude down who stole it and beat him with his own shoe. Why? Because there is no replacing Pink Floyd, nor this album. I suggest this, as well as Dark Side of the Moon, to ALL fans of music, if not for the music itself, but for the philosophical lyrics.