The good news is that Pink Floyd will be releasing its first studio album in twenty years. The bad news is that, for whatever reason, Roger Waters won’t be involved, so what we’re going to get is probably 60 minutes of elevator music. It will be very good elevator music. It will be Pink Floyd. But it won’t be nearly as good as it could have been. Their best albums were highly collaborative, at times highly experimental, and pushed the boundaries of recorded music. Floyd then degenerated into the Roger Waters show, and then the Without Waters show. I wish everyone involved would take this album seriously as a good chance to make at least one more fantastic Floyd album. That would have been the best tribute to Wright possible. Listen for yourself:
Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock, Women in Romanticism (Routledge, 2023); David Bowie and Romanticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022); Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)); Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019); Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at jamesrovira.com for details.
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