Some bands turn into shorthand for a certain sound or style, and Pink Floyd belong among that elite group. The very name connotes something specific: an elastic, echoing, mind-bending sound that evokes the chasms of space. Pink Floyd grounded that limitless sound with exacting explorations of mundane matters of ego, mind, memory, and heart, touching upon madness, alienation, narcissism, and society on their concept albums of the '70s. Of these concept albums, Dark Side of the Moon resonated strongest, earning new audiences year after year, and decade after decade. Throughout, Pink Floyd's sonic signature was always evident: a wide, expansive sound that was instantly recognizable as their own yet was adopted by all manner of bands, from guitar-worshiping metalheads to freaky, hippie, ambient electronic groups. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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