News just in: Roger Waters' reworking of The Dark Side Of The Moon actually works

Roger Waters has rerecorded The Dark Side Of The Moon. Because there was so much wrong with the original

Roger Waters: The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux
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At the start of this Redux’s version of Brain Damage, Roger Waters asks: “Why don’t we re-record [the album]?” before answering his own question: “He’s gone mad.” 

As it turns out, the actual record – timed for the 50th anniversary of The Dark Side’s release is fine: neither a massive gutting of the original nor a slavish copy. It opens with Waters intoning the lyrics of Free Four from Pink Floyd’s Obscured By Clouds, and takes it from there. Time now sounds like a boulder rolled up a hill, weary and aged. Brain Damage and Us And Them are half-crooned and very effective. 

The music of On The Run is now the backing track for Waters reciting a story about good and evil, as is Money, sung in the voice of a distracted bear. The Great Gig In The Sky is Waters’s tribute to a deceased friend, the poet Donald Hall. 

There is also, apparently, a bonus 13-minute original composition, but you'll have to buy the album to hear that. Redux is well thought out, and it works.

David Quantick

David Quantick is an English novelist, comedy writer and critic, who has worked as a journalist and screenwriter. A former staff writer for the music magazine NME, his writing credits have included On the HourBlue JamTV Burp and Veep; for the latter of these he won an Emmy in 2015.