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The Dark Side of the Moon é o oitavo álbum de estúdio da banda britânica de rock progressivo Pink Floyd, lançado em 24 de março de 1973. O disco marca uma nova fase no som da banda, com letras mais pessoais e instrumentais menores, contendo alguns dos mais complicados usos dos instrumentos e efeitos sonoros existentes na época, incluindo o som de alguém correndo à volta de um microfone e a gravação de múltiplos relógios a tocar ao mesmo tempo.

Os temas explorados na obra são variados e pessoais, incluindo cobiça, doença mental e envelhecimento, inspirados principalmente pela saída de Syd Barrett, integrante que deixou o grupo em 1968 depois que sua saúde mental se deteriorou. O conceito básico do disco foi desenvolvido quando a banda estava em turnê, e muito do novo material foi apresentado ao vivo muitos antes de ser gravado. A banda produziu o trabalho no Abbey Road Studios de Londres em diferentes seções em 1972 e 1973 ao lado do produtor Alan Parsons, diretamente responsável pelo desenvolvimento dos elementos sonoros mais exóticos presentes no disco, e a capa, que traz um prisma sendo atingido por um feixe de luz o transformando em um arco-íris, foi desenvolvida para representar a iluminação de palco da banda, o conteúdo íntimo das letras e para atender os pedidos da banda por um trabalho "simples e marcante".

The Dark Side of the Moon foi um sucesso imediato, chegando ao topo da Billboard 200 nos Estados Unidos e já fez mais de oitocentas e três aparições na parada desde então, tendo vendido mais de quinze milhões de cópias e estando na lista dos álbuns mais vendidos da história no país, também no Reino Unido e na França, com um total de cinquenta milhões de cópias comercializadas mundialmente até hoje. A obra também recebeu aprovação total dos fãs e aclamação da crítica especializada, sendo considerado até hoje um dos mais importantes álbuns de rock de todos os tempos.
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The official site for the umpteenth re-release of this old chestnut presents you with a daunting array of statistics that, if you're under the age of 30, will probably seem like the ravings of (appropriately enough) a lunatic. For if, by some freak circumstance (lost in Pacific jungle for thirty years/coma/just plain don't like lousy guitar bands etc.), you hold this CD in your hands for the first time, listen up: Dark Side Of The Moon spent an incredible ELEVEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS in the top 100 and has notched up a total of FOURTEEN YEARS lodged in the same place. That's a lot of Lear jets and football teams. But what new can be said?
Well, it now comes with an extra layer of new enhanced 5.1 surroundsound thingummy with (naturally) Dobly [sic]. And it's got a lovely new stained glass effect cover courtesy of Storm Thorgerson and his hilariously named Hipgnosis cohorts. And the music?
Contextually speaking this was the Floyd's saving grace. By 1972 they'd firmly claimed the avant garde (read: musically unadventurous but prone to hitting large gongs and setting fire to stuff onstage) art rock mainstream as their own playground. Yet these middle-class boys still craved, like, bread, man. After a prolonged period of fumbling soundtracks for European arthouse movies they'd finally emerged from under the shadow of founder/visionary/lost-marble icon, Syd Barrett with a coherently beautiful album, Meddle. Roger Waters had some big ideas about madness, life, death and all that deep stuff. EMI had a rather splendid studio with some top-notch engineers. Six months later...voila!
What made this concoction so popular at the time was a series of coincidences. The western world was now fully stereoed-up; the band hooked up with an immaculate engineer by the name of Alan Parsons (yes, that one with the project) and last, but not least, the band bothered to write some really fine songs. This was a long way from the half-baked nonsense that had plagued Ummagumma or Atom Heart Mother. Gilmour's guitar was now exquisitely tasteful (the heart still breaks over that little phrase about 36 seconds into ''Breathe'') and zen-like in what he could leave out (check the most underrated track ''Any Colour You Like''). The sound effects are as hackneyed as a 70s stereo demonstration record (that this album effectively replaced in most hi-fi stores at the time), yet the overall flow of the album still satisfies as it merges existential ballads (''Time'', ''Us And Them'') with cynical rockers (''Money'') and arena-impressing freak outs (''The Great Gig In The Sky'').
Too much scrutiny reveals a rhythm section that's laughably leaden, song structures that employ the same descending runs that appear on every Floyd album since Meddle (cf: ''Echoes'') and lyrics that embarrass with their sixth-form triteness. Yet how many writers will be saying the same of Radiohead's cosy attacks on globalisation and 21st century ennui on OK Computer (which owes such a huge amount to this album) in thirty years time? Ultimately it matters little. DSOTM is still a lovely record made brittle by overuse. One almost wishes that instead of spicing it up one more time, EMI had deleted it for a while to give us all room to breathe again...
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