Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Learning to Fly

While post-Roger Waters Pink Floyd has mostly been dismissed by disciples and critics alike as colourless and lacking a firm direction, there are a few moments of inspiration throughout the two studio albums and two live documents that the David Gilmour-led line-up recorded. One of these moments is the spacey "Learning to Fly" from 1987, a classic Floydian tale of loneliness and angst. While it doesn't hope to compare with the unshakeable Floydian classics of yore, it's still a muscular piece of adult-contemporary rock that easily stands up to anything similar prog-rock contemporaries like Yes and the Moody Blues churned out during the late 1980s. Perhaps 1987's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and 1994's "The Division Bell" do deserve reappraisals after all, based on the not-at-all horrifying aesthetics at work here. Check out the typically cinematic video clip for it here.


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