2020 Album Draft- Round 7- Pick 10- Run-Sew-Read- selects- Pink Floyd -Animals.
First, there’s the album cover. A pink pig flies above the huge 4-chimney Battersea Power Station in South London. The album cover might be more well-known than the album.
The album is full-length, but only has 5 tracks. This says to me, “No singles here; just listen and enjoy”. It contains a serving or sampling of every Pink Floyd sound and vibe I want to experience, with the added bonus that I don’t have to hear ‘Money’ or ‘Have A Cigar’ in the process.
My favorite tracks are the ‘Pig’ ones:
‘Pigs on the Wing’ is about having someone who is shelter from the people in the world who will use you up, bring you down and then discard you.
‘Pigs (three different ones)’ starts with a pig snort, and then a tempo and lyrics that emphatically draw me in. Then it goes into an extended instrumental that eventually transitions on to Sheep.
“Big man, pig man
Haha, charade you are”
The way the songs are arranged, extended and interrelated, the album is much like a symphony with rock instruments rather than merely a themed rock album. It starts gently in a safe place with Pigs on the Wing Part 1. Then the angst starts building with Dogs, describing the suits who will resort to anything to advance their positions. Pigs (three different ones) shouts with disdain at the upper crust stereotypes: The ‘well heeled big wheel’, ‘bus stop rat bag’, and ‘house proud town mouse’. Sheep signifies the lowly workers and followers who do what they’re told even when it leads to their demise. Then the album comes down gently with Pigs on the Wing Part 2.
I surprised myself by not picking ‘The Wall’, which I love and is a two-album set, i.e., double the music. But, I decided The Wall has too many songs that are downers. Not good for a desert island. Animals is angry and distrustful, but in a succinct and inspiring way.