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A Momentary Lapse of Reason Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Though many predicted that Roger Waters's acrimonious split with the band after 1983's aptly named Final Cut would ultimately spell the end of Pink Floyd, the remaining band members confounded pundits by extending their status as classic rock's most ponderous dinosaurs into the 1990s and beyond. And if the title was a gentle jab at Waters after a years-long legal struggle over the Floyd moniker, the music was all too familiar; some would say even formulaic. And lest anyone doubted that the absence of Waters's dour soul would lighten things up a bit, guitarist and post facto leader Dave Gilmour gamely took on the Mantle of Conscience for topics ranging from the cold war ("The Dogs of War") to yuppie self-indulgence ("On the Turning Away"). And if this album sometimes evokes an uncomfortable feeling of a band on autopilot, it's one that can still turn out the likes of the anthemic "Learning to Fly" on cruise control. --Jerry McCulley


1. Signs Of Life
2. Learning To Fly
3. The Dogs Of War
4. One Slip
5. On The Turning Away
6. Yet Another Movie (6a Round And Around)
7. A New Machine (Part 1)
8. Terminal Frost
9. A New Machine (Part 2)
10. Sorrow

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 16, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002C1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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275 of 293 people found the following review helpful By Philip Snyder on February 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the first post-Waters album released by Pink Floyd. How good this actually is really depends on who you talk to. Clearly the band lost a monstrous talent when Roger Waters decided to leave. His lyrical and conceptual ideas, as well as his sense for dramatic presentation (both on stage and on record), are unmatched. Pink Floyd became the band that it is in large part because of Waters. Equally responsible for their direction and success, however, is David Gilmour. He is a masterful musician and a brilliantly passionate guitarist who has helped shape the band with his unparalleled playing. Arguably it was Gilmour's emotional guitar and musical talent that gave power to Waters' words. Though noone can dispute the vital contributions both Rick Wright and Nick Mason made to help forge the band (nor founder Syd Barrett who laid the template for the rest to follow), most would certainly agree that Gilmour and Waters have always been the main driving force.
Now where does all this leave A Momentary Lapse Of Reason? With Waters gone, obviously a large portion of the chemistry that spawned such classics as Animals and Wish You Were Here is missing. The band's direction and approach to writing would naturally have to adapt, in much the same way they had to adapt after Barrett's departure. Lyrically the album is weak in spots. It contains no conceptual thread nor does it even begin to approach Roger's level of clever wordplay and stinging sarcasm. The lyrics are more poetic generalities than they are deeply held convictions. That being said, this album is a gorgeous work of music that, in certain ways, harkens back to Wish You Were Here and Meddle. Sounding like neither, but capturing the spirit of both, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason is absolutely a return to form.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By j_benj on September 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Being a Pink Floyd fan since the 1970s, I've amassed a huge collection of their music. I remember being really excited for this album when it hit in 1987. At the time, it was quite controversial being the first album without Roger Waters. As much as I hate to say this, this album needed remastering from the day it was released. Even the "remaster" that was included in the original Shine On boxed set didn't sound as good as it should have. Thankfully this re-release fixes that. Gone is the muddy, bled-together sound, replaced by crystal clear bliss. Nothing seems buried in the mix this time around. The subtleties are all there, so slap on the headphones and enjoy!
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179 of 207 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Brenner on September 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm a HUGE fan of Waters as a lyricist, and if there's one point against A Momentary Lapse of Reason, it's the lyrics. But they aren't bad - just not Waters. But there seems to be absolutely no objectivity in many of the reviews here of this album. A few points I'd like to Counter:
1) "This doesn't sound like a Pink Floyd album." - Perform a little experiment: take someone who has never listened to Pink Floyd before and have them listen to Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and Momentary Lapse of Reason back to back. Now ask them if the albums are by the same group.
2) "This album sounds so obviously eighties." - Next experiment, have the same listener as before listen to Piper At The Gates of Dawn and The Wall and have them try to identify which decade they were produced in.
3) "There's more filler here than good music." - Now that the "new" listener has heard The Wall and A Momentary Lapse of Reason, ask them which album contains more filler.
I prefer A Momentary Lapse of Reason to Animals and The Division Bell, two albums that I think are great. I'm happy to have purchased the remastered AMLOR, because a second criticism that could be aimed at it was that the sound fidelity on the original cd was terrible.
AMLOR contains several tracks that should be considered in any `best of' compilation and many secondary tracks that overshadow those musically. It's a solid album from start to finish songwise and is held together by a soundscape that is lavish and well executed. The filler arrangements of A New Machine Parts 1 & 2 play well in the soundscape, even if they can't be considered proper tracks. This is a great album and should be highly regarded.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. Brockman on May 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan since the very first time my dad danced me to sleep to "Cpmfortably Numb." I love The Wall, Dark Side, and all the other recognized greats. I have to say, though, that Momentary Lapse is my favorite. Even without Waters, the group pulls off a stunning ensemble of sound complimented with excellent sound effects, awesome guitar solos, good lyrics (as good as they can get without Waters), and an overall theme that you come to expect from Pink Floyd. A few of the songs could use tweaking- "Dogs of War" comes to mind- but overall I was very impressed. I had expected the band to flop after Final Cut.

I would highly recommend this album.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Adam on July 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Setting aside Waters exit from the band and Gilmours song writing abilities, I have come to thoroughly enjoy this album. Granted, it took me longer to get a feel for this one then say 'Dark side of the Moon' or 'Wish You Were Here'.
It really is underrated and under appreciated. I encourage all Pink Floyd fans and newcomers to give this a try without comparing it too much to Floyds past. Gilmour and crew deserve a chance.

AMLOR manages to capture the essence of Pink Floyd nicely without Waters involvement. In fact, I'd say the remaining band members have managed to recapture some of there creative essence featured in their earlier material that was lost as the turmoil in the band grew.
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