Although not in the same vein as the deliciously hallucinogenic earlier Floyd works such as Ummagumma and Dark Side of the Moon, Animals is innovative and musically diverse in its own right. Inspired in part by George Orwell's political fable Animal Farm, Roger Waters condemns the avarice and inequalities of capitalism, metaphorically and musically grouping humans as pigs, dogs, and sheep. The pigs are self-righteous hypocrites inflicting their beliefs on everyone else, the dogs greedy money-grabbers, and the sheep witless followers. Dark, cynical, and brilliantly composed, Animals is an ingenious and under-acknowledged album. --Naomi Gesinger
Lengthy, but yet another favorite! At first I couldn't understand the whole concept of "Animals". But then I was like "Ok, this one pretty much has Roger Waters' name all over it so of course there's a whole 'nother meaning behind the songs and the overall content". The songs are pretty long but pretty interesting. For quite some time, I had this cd playing non-stop in my stereo. All my friends (who were also Pink Floyd fans) were like "why this one"? Why not "Dark Side" or "The Wall"? I just told them to give this a chance and they all ended up lovin' it. Give it a listen and see what I mean....more info
Oh my. Roger's mad about something. Pink Floyd - Animals
Oh my. Roger's mad about something.
Starting with DARKSIDE, Roger Waters began to gradually assume control of Pink Floyd, a reality of life that would culminate in their last Waters album, FINAL CUT. DARK SIDE and WISH YOU WERE HERE was at the beginning of this process.
ANIMALS, however, is where you could tell who had set the controls for the heart of the sun, and it sure as hell wasn't Gilmour, Mason, or Wright. Waters not only took control lyrically, but decided the whole album would be a concept record about the dividing people up in three classes as animals: pigs, the ruling class, sheep, people who do whatever they are told and have no backbone, and dogs, who are cutthroat and only in it for themselves, often subservient to dogs. Then there's the two brief recordings of "Pigs on the Wing", which is only two halves of the same song.
This is commonly thought of as Pink Floyd's `Punk album'. While as far as the music goes this definitely is not punk, the attitude and the lyrical anger definitely coincide with what was going on in the punk movement during the late 1970s. And make no doubt - Roger's angry. Real angry.
Going back to the longer song format, oddly enough after the great success of Dark Side and WISHING YOU WERE HERE, there were no real potentials for a single. The three main songs that formed the bulk of the album were LONG. "Dogs" is a 17 minute epic, and Roger just rails against the coatthroat nature of the doglike nature of people. This is one of Pink Floyd's best epics, both musically and lyrically, with several amazing instrumental passages. He likewise has some anger-fueled commentary about the sheep and pigs as well, and in the pigs track has a backward track section that is a parody of Psalms 23. "Pigs" also has the amazing effect where Waters' main vocal metamorphizes into an guitar note and then that note is broken up with the drums. Amazing stuff. Overall, the album sounds very much like Waters was reading a lot of George Orwell at the time he was writing the music. The album is also notable for the famous Pink Floyd flying pig that went on tour wit them.
As far as the "Pigs on the Wing" song, I have bee spoiled by the version floating around on the track that was actually released on the 8-track version of the album. Snowy White, Thin Lizzy's Guitarist and occasional tour musician for Floyd, actually recorded a guitar solo, and this solo was used to link the two halves into a whole, turning the Pigs on the Wing songs from two bookend recordings on the album to a completed song with a running time of 3:25. Like it much better that way.
And while lyrically there's much akin to punk, ANIMALS stays true to the Pink Floyd sound in ways that only Pink Floyd could have come up with. The music is both ethereal and spacey and drawn out, yet somehow concise, fast moving, and with some great, hard playing all at once. Phenomenal stuff.
This was one of my Pink Floyd albums, and I've always enjoyed it. My tape actually broke Pigs into two portions, with half of it on Side A and the other on Side B, so I always thought there were six songs on it. While the songs themselves are a little long, overall the album holds up very well.
a classic masterpiece one of the greatest rock albums in history! ethereal, deep, complex, and at the same time rather simple compared to their other works. The theme and guitar riffs are amazing. ...more info
Memorable contrast Animals is another powerful, cohesive work during their best stretch in the mid-late 70's, sometimes overlooked in favor of surrounding material. It does lack some of the profound production power inherent in Floyd's more unforgettable sonic landscapes, but was always trying to be a different beast altogether, coming across in may ways as the most down to earth (in a good way) output they've offered.. Consider it the first one to grab after you've polished off the obligatory must-owns. ...more info
In all honesty: a 4.5-rating THis album is conceptually different as well as musically different from the previous two albums. The songs take a more sinister view on humans and veiwing them as animals. THe backup singers and Dick Parry's saxophone have been replaced by David Gilmour's fine guitar work. And most noticably, Waters has taken control and read a lot of George Orwell. Also the unusual length of the songs make the album stand-out.
A great album nonetheless but still not nearly as good as its predecesors(DSOTM, WYWH).
1. Pigs on the Wing 1: Not conceptually linked but adds a touch of flavor to the album as a love song to Waters' wife. This should have been combined with part 2 and have including Snowy White's bridging guitar solo that was on the 8-track. (1:26)
2. Dogs: Great Beginning and end however the interlude and bridges makes the song slightly loose momentum. Good Song Nonetheless. (17:08)
3. Pigs: Another good song with political metaphors pertaining to the 1970s. A hard-edged song that seems to be influenced by the emerging Punk scene. However like Dogs it seems to drift endlessly. (11:28)
4. Sheep: My favorite song on the album the describes the rise of the proletariat, so to speak. The only song that doesn't feel like it is 10 minutes. The ending is truly great in that the simple guitat solo creates a profounding effect. It would have been better to have this song as the album-closer. (10:20)
5. Pigs on the Wing 2: See Pigs on the Wing 1. (1:26)
Amy's the best Amy was my friend's friend and man oh man was she hot. She has a great pair of (expletive) t*ts and a wonderful (expletive) as*
she said Hubert please throw all of these Pink Flood CDs in the fireplace we'll have ourselves a ball.
Fabulous I might be biased because this is my favorite floyd album- but anyone who likes Floyd, MUST own this album!...more info
Pink Floyd's classic musical missing link from the 1973-80 timeframe 30 years on Pink Floyd's Animals album was released in February of 1977 here in the US and the previous month in Europe (as they were on EMI Europe and Columbia/CBS for the rest of the world).
I first got this album on cassette in February of 1985 (when I was 9 and had Pigs (Three Different Ones) cut in half but on CD the track is uncut) and I have the remastered CD today.
The album was coming hot off the heels of two chart-topping studio classics Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.
The sessions for Animals took place between April and December of 1976 at the band's own studio Britannia Row Studios in London and like the last few albums was produced by the band members themselves.
If tensions were bad during Wish, they got worse during Animals.
This was the first album where bass player/singer Roger Waters wrote practically every tune on the album and vetoed anything keyboard player Rick Wright came up with and restricted guitarist/singer David Gilmour's contributions to one track, the classic Dogs.
The album kicks off with "Pigs on the Wing (pt. 1)" which was a love song to Roger's then-wife Carolyne. Part two of Pigs on the Wing ends the album. Next, was the aforementioned 17 minute epic "Dogs". This song was originally called "You Gotta Be Crazy" but the lyrics were changed to tell the tale of the Donald Trump tycoon types whom are power-hungry people whom kick, bite and claw their way to the top and then eventually grow old and die of cancer caused by the weight of their self-importance.
The album's second half kicks off with the 11 and a half minute epic "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" which talks about bigoted political leaders. The last verse, "hey you Whitehouse" was misconstrued as an attack on President Ford but is about the late moral majority leader Mary Whitehouse. That track had great guitar work from David (whose guitar dominates throughout the album as a contrast to synthesizers, saxophones and choral sounding backing vocals that dominated DSotM). The track "Sheep", originally called "Raving and Drooling", is the final epic on the album and is about the weak-minded people who follow what the dogs and pigs say before finally rebelling at song's end parodying one of the psalms in the bible. We end with "Pigs On the Wing (pt. 2)" which is a reprise of part 1 with different lyrics.
When Animals was initially released, the album was seen as a critical and commercial disappointment compared to its two predecessors due to the three awkwardly long songs on this album. Animals quickly went Platinum (eventually 4 million in US sales) and shot to #3 but quickly fell from view because the songs were too long, big deal!
With the 2000 remaster that Capitol reissued from the 1997 Columbia remaster done by James Guthrie and Doug Sax, Animals today sounds fresh and competent unlike most albums that came out in 1977.
The tour to support this album was not a memorable tour for the band. Whilst the rest of the band got used to larger crowds and stadiums, Waters' persona changed from a happy person into a mean, embittered sourpuss (which he is slowly dwindling away from today). On the final night of the Animals tour, Waters admitted to spitting on a fan which would give birth to The Wall (review soon).
Animals is highly recommended! ...more info
The first installment in a Waters-dominated trilogy Animals was the first in a trilogy of Pink Floyd albums dominated by Roger Waters' lyrical and (eventually) musical ideas. I am in a minority on this matter, but I think this domination of the band had a negative impact on the band's music and creativity. While many Floyd fans - particularly those new to the band - will find Animals to be appealing, partly due to the fact that it has not suffered the radio overplay of Dark Side or The Wall - those who like the collaborative and more diverse nature of earlier Floyd albums may be disappointed.
Unlike The Wall and The Final Cut, which moved Floyd to a more radio-friendly, short song format, Animals sticks to the lengthy epics of early albums. The instrumental sound of the music is quite similar to that on Wish You Were Here, and there are still quite a few lengthy instrumental passages. But those passages tend to be fairly straightforward, with little of the spacy and abstract "head music" of Floyd's earlier work. Gilmour's guitar playing dominates throughout; Rick Wright, aside from a very nice electric piano solo at the beginning, is limited to textural work. "Dogs" is probably the best of the bunch - especially the first half - followed by "Sheep". The two "Pigs on the Wing" bookends are actually quite lovely and tend to be overlooked. And I've always found "Pigs" to be completely boring, just mainstream 70s rock dragged to an unnecessary length - but again, I'm in a minority here.
Waters's lyrics are the second key component here, and your assessment of the album will ultimately ride on how you feel about them. I personally find the Animals theme to be uninteresting rather than clever. It doesn't help that Waters's voice, occasionally effective but more often hectoring (it would get worse on later albums), ends up keeping the emotional range of the music very narrow.
Overall, not a bad listen - but Pink Floyd's preceding albums are generally better....more info
Awesome Animals. Had the tape, lost that years ago, and decided to search for it on Amazon. Found it for a reasonable price, and got it. The music is as awesome as I remembered it. The disc was promptly sent and the seller described it perfectly....more info
Brings back memories..... Wow! Having a bit of an adolescent longing vibe going and completely replaced my home entertainment equipment....speakers, amplifier everything. Wanted to get some stuff to listen to and got this and was transported back to my teen years. Cant enhance like I used to...:) but this record is my favorite pink floyd. What great guitar work...more info
Best of the Best Out of the big 4 floyd cds- this is the only one I still listen to often, I cant deny the greatness of DSOTM,wish you were here or the wall, but over the years I ve heard them so often that they dont really spark any awe or wonder- although Ive heard animals as much it just seems like there still something mysterious about it I can still listen to it nad be amazed- I hope they put it out on SACD- but thats why I think its the best of P.F. I consider all 4 to be masterpieces not to be missed....more info
sheep not the first album you would normally buy as a pink floyd fan. of course every album has its own identity. but if you dig on the sheep or dogs, you have graduated to new levels of fanbase....more info
What were they thinking? Animals is perhads the worst Pink Floyd album I ever heard. The songs seem to go on forever, the lyrics are bad, and Roger Waters' singing is not much better. So who Knows what they were thinking when they made this album.
I hate to say it but the only reason I didn't give this album a one star rating was the two part song "Pigs on the Wing" which unlike the rest of Animals is actually a half decent song....more info
Attention Pink Floyd fans Most of their albums are being terrorized by some complete and absolute moron writing one star review after one star review (simply to get attention). It seems they're under the mistaken impression that this is "clever". Click on the button labeled "report this" for every one of them, then write a short letter to Amazon about them. I've done this before, they WILL disappear....more info
and droopy wept as snow white got in the noses of these guys
droopy wept, he wept real tears
My Third Favorite Pink Floyd This is another great album. Not quite in the same league as Dark Side or Wish You Were Here. Those I can (and have) listen to all day. This one gets boring after 5 or 6 plays in a row (yes, I do like Pink Floyd!)....more info
A different direction, but still five stars Animals is another Pink Floyd masterpiece. Stylistically and lyrically it is clearly a Roger Waters opus. However, I suspect that without David Gilmour's contributions the LP would have been just as interesting but not nearly as listenable or enjoyable. I do miss the spacey psychedelic sounds of the band's previous output going back to 1967. On the other hand ten years had passed since Piper and one cannot really quibble if the band decided to explore new territory. I don't quite understand why Animals is not considered by the majority of fans to be the equal of the two records that preceded it and the one that followed. For me each of the records is unique and brilliant. How often in Rock Music history has one artist or band managed the feat of creating four supreme efforts on the trot? The Beatles (Rubber Soul through to White - five records), Springsteen (his first four or six or seven), Stones (Banquet through Exile - five including the very fine live Ya-Yas), Dylan (1963-1969) and Van Morrison (Astral through Saint Dominic) are a few that come to mind. ...more info
like having Hi, my first time hearing this CD Anomalies was when I was staying at my best friend's home in Albuquerque. I vividly remember him chanting along the words of Pigs and the magnomalicious Opus Dogs.....
This was meant to impress and such it did.
it sounded like one having his meat stuck in a grinder ouch!!
rats The first time I heard this would be kind of album I was imagining little brown things dropping from Roger Waters' behind. 12 years later my sentiment's the same but my dad keeps on playing this garbage.
All the six tracks: Cats, Rats, Centipedes, Mammoths and Lice all sound completely interchangable. (yeah I know its Dogs Sheep Fish and the other thing, but it's blatantly the same anyway).
Pink Floyd hit it big in the beginning of their carear but lost it with Meddle and A dark sight of the moon. Take Ummagumma, Soucerful, AHM, Obscured by clouds if you are fan of classic rocK, but avoid this horrible piece of dung from...animals.
Brilliant, terrifying, challenging, what rock music should be... This is my favorite Floyd album, and it's probably the most challenging and prog rock like. There rages a debate across the net and the like about whether Pink is a prog band. With this album, they come close. There are a mere 4 songs on this album, but aside from Pigs on the Wing (a cute little ditty that opens and closes the album), they are all extended tracks. They don't feel like jamming, they feel like every note is supposed to be there. This album contains some of Waters's best and most bitter lyrics. The lyrics on Dogs are probably the most bleak, but Pigs and Sheep give it a run for their money. Gilmour really shines on Dogs, singing and contributing great guitar solos. There is a "Whitehouse" reference in Pigs, which many have mistaken for the American White House. This isn't true. It's a crack against Mary Whitehouse, a Tipper Gore like censor who reaked havoc over the film/music/TV industry in the 1970's and 1980's. Despite this, it's fun to pretend sometimes that it's against the White House. This is the album where Waters began dominating the band more and more, but it's still Floydian and has great contributions from Gilmour, Mason, and Wright. This album is quite profound at times (especially Sheep), and it's amazing that it was released by a major label. Granted, Floyd was at the top of their game in 1977, so they could get away with it, but it's hard to imagine a label (even an indie one) releasing something as artistic and as challenging as this. This is Floyd's best. ...more info
Amy's the best Amy was my friend's friend and man oh man was she hot. She has a great pair of (expletive) t*ts and a wonderful (expletive) as*
she said Andrew please throw all of these Pink Flood CDs in the fireplace we'll have ourselves a ball.
Good Album From A Great Band this is a great album all the key songs were mainly written by roger waters, pigs 3, dogs etc. anyways this is a great album its more heavy than most pink floyd albums also if you have never heard the song Raving And DRooling well it sounds exactly like the song dogs so yeah if you dont have access to this album download it or just buy it...more info
A biting social commentary which is still relevent to this day I first got "Animals" way back in 1996. Being a major Floyd fan, I instantly fell in love with the exquisite lyrics and fantastic music. Eleven years later, being a bit older and a lot wiser, I see "Animals" as a piece of social commentary which is still relevant to this day.
I see the "Dogs" as the jackbooted "Waffen-SS-like" thugs that most soldiers and police officers have become in this day of encroaching tyranny. Have you noticed how increasingly militarized LEOs (law enforcement officers) have become? Have you noticed how thuggish the United States military has acted under not only the command of George W. Bush, but even under Bill Clinton?
I see the "Pigs" as the ones in power, the ones who ultimately call the shots in the world. I see the first group of pigs as the big central bankers (Rockefellers, Rothschilds, etc.) and corporate bigwigs (Ted Turner, Michael Eisner, etc.) who control the power through their fortunes in corporate neo-fascist fashion. I see the second group of pigs as the puppet politicians who are put in the government to give everybody the false assumption that they have a choice when it comes to elections (Republican and Democrat are basically one and the same). Finally, I see the third group of pigs as pro-censorship people such as Mary Whitehouse, Jack Thompson, Brent Bozell, and to some extent social commentators such as Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly and Michael Savage who have frequently called for the American government to impose virtually total tyranny.
I see the sheep as the willfully ignorant "be a follower, not a leader" masses that most everybody has become thanks to them being dumbed down by mainstream media, propaganda masquerading as news, and even violent entertainment. Have you noticed how people care more about "American Idol" than they do about their freedoms? Have you noticed how people care more about Britney Spears not wearing underwear than encroaching tyranny? Ultimately, the end of the song sees the sheeple being pushed too far, so they rebel against the dogs, but little do the sheeple know that the dogs are seen by the pigs as "expdendable" because the pigs are the ones who hold the power. In the end, the pigs remain in power, and soon they will have more jackbooted enforcers to enslave the sheep once again.
The issues that Waters covered in the album's original 1977 release still hold true 30 years later. "Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it." ...more info
Classic Part of any Pink Floyd Collection I became introduced to this album long after I listened to The Wall. Up until then The Wall & the Dark Side of the Moon were the only Pink Floyd I owned or heard. A friend played this album in review for me and I had to have it as part of my collection. I do not believe you'll find any of the tracks on some sort of greatest hits cd. I would encourage a Pink Floyd collector to add this cd as it is definitely a classic!...more info
something's not quite right I have mixed feelings with Animals. While some people are quick to claim it the very best Floyd album, others (like me) are very skeptical of that.
You see, the thing I mostly like Pink Floyd for was their highly unusual and distinct atmosphere that made the band both interesting and complex. By the late 70's, the band stopped including psychedelic elements. Now, I understand that was starting to go out of style by that time as punk, disco and new wave were on the horizon. But to me that means the band should have just broken up after Wish You Were Here, because without that strange atmosphere the band were the masters at, you now just have a songwriting album with nothing to back up the ordinary songs.
That's what happened with Animals. Sure, I can remember how the songs go because the 70's were a very memorable decade. So to some extent I still like the album. There ARE some good guitar tricks too, such as the way the guitar work plays at the end of "Sheep", which is FANTASTIC
But seriously, "Dogs" NEEDED to be about 7 minutes shorter, and the band should have made another song out of those 7 minutes (I don't know, call it "Cats").
But without the psychedelic sounds, the band was rather ordinary to me. How people can put this album on the same level as A Saucerful of Secrets is a mystery to me. It's a good enough effort, but the Wall just further proves the band was heading in a direction that never should have happened in the first place....more info
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Overlooked Masterpiece Always competing with The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon, Animals is often overlooked in classic collections. The songs on the Animals CD are some of Pink Floyd's best. Animals is all Pink Floyd and I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates creative rock and roll music. ...more info
like having Hi, my first time hearing this CD Anomalies was when I was staying at my best friend's home in Albuquerque. I vividly remember him chanting along the words of Pigs and the magnomalicious Opus Dogs.....
This was meant to impress and such it did.
it sounded like one having his meat stuck in a grinder ouch!!
"You better watch out! They may be dogs about...!" Luis Mejia (son): Pink Floyd's global success had already been well stablished with the previous Wish You Were Here and, mainly, The Dark Side Of The Moon. It seems that the contrast that make this three albums is really high, while The Dark Side Of The Moon is far more commercial, light, with a comprehensible psychedelia and possessing an accessible structure and a set of easy compositions, while Wish You Were Here keeps its commercial tendencies but is far more mature and intelectual, although still light, while the following Animals went being a metaphoric, still intelectual and complex concept album about society figures: the the abusive, schizoid business man (Dogs), the over controlling politic figure (Pigs), and the laid back person, abused by these two other figures, being too unconfident to do something about it (Sheep).
The accussing and kind of misanthrope tone of the concept album is the start of a later characteristic mood among their few later works, but here, the emotion is more displayed with a fierceful anger, but this anger is much more reflected on the start of serious tensions between the bandmates, mainly against the self impossed "front man" Roger Waters, this is far much of a Roger Waters' album than a Pink Floyd one, and his over controlling, almost megalomaniac control over the album was really starting to piss off David Gilmour and Richard Wright. Richard Wright's position was really underachieving on this album, while not his blame, the album would've been a thousand times better if Roger Waters would had let him contribute on the compositions, and David Gilmour's position in this album is taken as if he were a musician who was only contributing with a Waters' album, but, in a paradox, this one of their most guitar penned albums of all time, but their growing tensions were serious in this release, as Gilmour and Wright were no "sheeps" for being scared by a dog (Waters).
Despite all of this, Roger Waters' compositional brutality and extraordinary talent are fiercefully displayed in the album, and, into the more conceptual/thematic pieces, the best song that stands as a real Pink Floyd's composition is the dramatic "Dogs", the only composition done by not only Waters but Gilmour, as Gilmour sings the majority of the vocal duties, with Waters on the final verses, although it makes an awkard contrast among the two vocalists, as David Gilmour possesses a much more laid back, low voice, even in the high notes, he barely reaches them, while Waters tends to apply a more screaming voice, he would've reached the higher notes; the metaphoric scent in "Dogs" is highly explicit Roger Waters himself has admitted that his previous socialistic views, oddly led him to be a "dog", its content, combined with its serious but more soft music atmosphere, makes it a valuable composition. While the following "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" is much more of a profound composition, while less metaphoric it still possesses a more complex instrumentation, and its meaning against the discret, controlling social leaders, it keeps a bit of confussion among both compositions, as Waters admits. But these songs get completely clear with the following "Sheep", the most powerful, fierceful and potential song in the album, the more freaky but meaningful style of the song reflects their real power moment, and instead of loosing momentum on later on, it gets refreshing and it even recalls certain parts of "Dogs" like the repeating, distorted word "stone", and Dogs characteristic guitar trace, although in this song is much more memorable, the composition keeps its intentions toward the manipulated people which is abused by pigs and dogs, just as a sheep which instead of atacking, afraid runs away from its predator, and here the most meaningful line is "Our only hope is that sheeps rebel against the dogs and pigs" very metaphoric in the sense that its an almost impossible possibility. All of these politically /socially charged songs are more cooled down by the short, light and even romantic fragments of "Pigs On The Wind" which are really comforting, the song was written by Waters' wife at that time, Caroline.
Animals is not a bad release at all, in fact, its musically one of my deep favourites, and it recalls the more patient but firm style of Meddle, with an unsuccessful vague commercial direction but with a much more profound sensitivity, but the band's tensions, Waters' over controling attitude toward the album's still marvelous songs, and the bandmates' little contributions and discomforting performance, plus the album's socialistic attitude really takes off talent from it, but actually, this still remains as a strong and powerful, eternal release, one of my personal favourite albums ever, but is still a little bit awkward and the situations that it presents are slightly confussing....more info
So. . .so. . .so. . .overlooked A prediction: In time--well isn't that time already here?-- all of Pink Floyd's other work will be divided up and bits of this will be packaged with pieces of that and then repackaged and then re-repackaged. . .
This will stay whole.
A challenge: put Animals on a player now. You won't be able to take it off. ...more info
Floyd's Overlooked Classic I am firmly in the camp of Pink Floyd fans who feel "Animals" is an unfairly overlooked masterpiece. It was the band's response to the evolving British society of 1977, enveloping the boom of punk, Rotten's "I Hate Pink Floyd" t-shirt and countless political and social divides. Roger Waters in typical style confronted his views head-on, creating parallels between society and the animal kingdom presented in three grand pieces.
The pieces each represent a different aspect to Waters' animal theme, with pigs for greed, sheep for thoughtless following and dogs for unabashed selfishness. At times the lyrics become slightly derived and a little too obvious, but this is to be expected as Waters' vision for the album was not to confuse with subtlety - it is essentially a straight-edged, hard-hitting satire. The lyrical content is presented perfectly in three classic and epic Floyd tracks. The first of which, "Dogs", is the band at their best, combining Gilmour's cutting and beautiful guitar motifs and solos, heartfelt vocals from Waters and a typically excellent atmospheric performance from Wright. The song is the essence of Floyd's progressive best, and has over the years become one of my favourite prog rock songs. "Pigs" fashions a catchy chorus hook, more brooding atmospherics and grand guitar antics. "Sheep" showcases the most energy, shifting the tempo up and galloping to its excellent climax. These three songs weigh in at a hefty forty minutes, so patient and repeated listens will reward. The songs are bookended by "Pigs On The Wing", a lovely little two-part piece that finishes off one of Floyd's greatest achievements.
Gilmour's Finest Hour It could be said of most of Pink Floyd's recorded ouevre that it is something of an acquired taste. And the effort of acquiring the taste is made harder still by the subtleties of their music. That is, a Pink Floyd album will not disclose all of its facets to the listener at once. Rather, a certain amount of dedication, repeated careful review, is required to "see the whole", as it were.
This is probably truer of "Animals" than it is of any of their other work. "Animals", to begin with, lacks the lush, atmospheric Leslie-treated pianos and spacey guitars of "Meddle", or the warping, bubbling, synth-work and studio sleight-of-hand of "Dark Side" or "Wish." "Atom Heart Mother" and "The Wall" were recorded with full orchestras to assist in particularly emotional moments. Whether the orchestral experimentation of "Atom Heart Mother" and "The Wall" were successful is another question, altogether.
"Animals," then, is more of a straight-up rock and roll record than the other Floyd albums. It was basically written "on the fly," during the band's tours in support of "Wish" through '75-76. Although this is documented in interviews with Messrs. Gilmour and Water themselves, the fact could be confirmed from listening to live outings of songs from "Animals" -- they sound just like the studio versions, almost as though they were written with live, rather than studio, performance in mind. There are very little in the way of doubled instrumental parts or voices (some acoustic guitar parts are overdubbed in "Pigs", I believe, but other than that, the whole thing is basically just the four players and their voices).
The band's musical values have changed here. Gone are Gilmour and Wright's airy harmonizations from "Dark Side" and "Meddle", to be replaced by the throatier growling and ranting of Roger Waters, who sings almost the entirety of the album's lyrics. Gilmour sings the very beginning of "Dogs" ("You've gotta have a real need/Gotta sleep on your toes").
And the instrumental sound, or the approach, perhaps, has changed as well. Here, the guitar-playing of Gilmour takes on a decidedly more aggressive, charged, attitude. Witness, for example, the ragged outbursts between the first few verses of "Dogs"; Gilmour, although always capable of emotional depth, rarely chooses to depict raw anger in his solos.
The angriest moment comes at the finish of "Pigs." The song, which has built up nice bit of rhythmic tension with its half-time feel and the suggestive in-drawn breaths from Roger Waters in the final verse, suddenly lets loose with Gilmour's cataclysmic outro-solo.
The solo starts with the same note repeated almost a dozen times, picked hard (much harder than Gilmour's usually genteel touch), beat to within an inch of its life. He moves up the neck into stratospheric territory, then, in a musical gesture recalling Milton's description of Satan's defeat ("Hurled headlong flaming from th' ethereal sky/With hideous ruin and combustion down"), plummets back down with a series of triplets that return almost all the way to first position.
The intensity builds back up, until Gilmour finds a rapid-fire sixteenth-note triplet arpgeggio near the top of the neck and rides it out through the fade. This is not the beautiful, sensitive Gilmour we know from "Wish You Were Here," or "On the Turning Away." It is another personality altogether, but one capable of searing intensity.
Perhaps, in the final analysis, Gilmour's mastery is demonstrated by the fact that -- knowing that he could solo in the white-hot vein of an Eric Clapton or Robin Trower, say -- he chooses not to do so all of the time. The rareness of such an outburst -- I could almost say its uniqueness, but for the slightly less brillant solo of a similar emotional tenor at the end of "Comfortably Numb" -- is part of what makes it great.
Gilmour never quite equaled this moment at the end of "Pigs" in any of his subsequent outings. While "Comfortably Numb" is comparable, it does not quite echo the rawness of tone here. Also of note is some of the playing on his first solo album of 1977, "David Gilmour" (although there the emotional content seems to be more "woe" or "tragedy").
Furthermore, these are Waters's best lyrics -- they are by turns creepy, funny (some of the double-entendre in "Pigs On The Wing"), and accurate (the spot-on businessman psychoanalysis of "Dogs"). ...more info
Pigs on the wing Pink Floyd fans tend to be a fanatical, opinionated lot, and I'm no exception. (I remember that my friends and I considered Dark Side of the Moon a sellout album, because most of the songs contained lyrics!) In any case, as I fill in the holes in my music collection, I find that this album must be present in its entirety, which of course is the way it was designed and released. Perhaps only one other (Wish You Were Here) approaches the stature of Animals in my mind, and I'm surprised I was able to go a decade or more without hearing the whole opus start to finish. This is the band at the top of its game, all politics and bombast and good fun....more info
Best Pink Floyd album As a big fan of Pink Floyd, this is their best album in my opinion. Perfect coreography of sound....more info
and she said oNE NIGHT i WAS SPYING ON MY parents who were on the making out if you know what I mean. My dad put on a clAsic rock station and they p[layed the hole oif DOGS from this CD as Richard Waters started singing you gotta be crazy you gotta have a real need my mum burst out and said to my dad: Yah Yah take me sideways Charlie (my dads name's Charlie).
The last flawless masterpiece from Pink Floyd. Well, boom, there ya go! Roger Waters takes absolute control of the group from this point on, and the result is an underrated masterpiece that sounds nothing like the earlier releases, while still having a Pink Floyd stamp on the tunes. Wow. Animals has often been called the Punky Floyd album, but that's only becuase of the angry-as-hell lyrics that Roger penned. Yet another concept album, this one deals with different classes in society being compared to animals. The high class are pigs, the middle class are dogs, and the poor are sheep. As for the music, well it's a definete step over the jamming of Wish You Were Here. The psychedelic factor is just about nil here, so a lot of rock fans can really get into this album. Pigs On The Wing starts off with Roger in a folky mood yet again, with some great lyrics, setting a mood of paranoid love. Dogs, is the brilliant excourse into the pain and violence of the album. The melody is harsh and strong, with a paranoid feel at the same time. Dave's solos are absolutly breathtaking on this song, probably the best of his career. The sound effects really help the songs and the story move along, especially the echoed "stone" that Dave sings. It really feels like someone is being drowned. One of the best "long" songs that Floyd has. Pigs is another classic, which has Roger at his absolute best singing, second only that to The Wall. The synth solo is fabulous, fitting in with the pig noises perfectly. Finally, there is Sheep, the most rocking out song that Floyd ever did. Just listen to that riff David blares out 2 minutes before the end, and tell me that doesn't make you feel like thrashing your head around. Another perfect song from a perfect album. And then we return to Pigs On The Wing, which makes the album seem like a cycle. Problem solved. What I love about this album is that it's a radical depature from the early days. Gone are the loose jams and psychedelic feel, replaced by something resembling rock theater. Hmmmn, rock theater? Sounds like our next album....more info
Animals...one of their best This album is one of Pink Floyd's best albums. It is not quite as good as DSOTM or WYWH or The wall...but it had a feeling to it that was very nice to me. However, it doesn't sound exactly like other Pink Floyd music. As one of my friends said, its like Pink Floyd's weirdness and normal rock mixed together. I got mad at him at first, but I think he was right. This is Pink Floyd as hard rockish/normal as possible. Enjoy it....the songs are great...more info
After 30 years, Animals delivers an optimistic message Although I have been a big Pink Floyd fan since the 70s, when I was a teenager, I didn't pay much attention to Animals until now. 20 years have gone by since I last listened to it - but now it has finally made its mark. Maybe the time was right, or enough time had elapsed, but now I can see that this album may be better, or at least as good as the other classics such as Dark Side or Wish You Were Here. Some very good reviews have been posted here about the guitar work and the lyrics, both of which are superb. To a fifteen-year old, the lyrics are cool, but to a 40-year old, the lyrics are brilliant - simplicity combined with profundity. Regarding the guitars, the three long tracks allow David to really punch home the emotions. I used to think that the Pigs on the Wing Pt. 1 and 2 were kind of useless, but now I see that the album needs the bookends to complete the thought process. We are led through Roger's (or Orwell's) mind, and come around at the end to a somewhat optimistic view of things. I wish The Wall had a better ending, since I tend to be optimistic about the world in general. I used to think that the Sex Pistols were making a statement in the 70s, but that sort of rebellion only lasts a short time because the music sucks. With good music, powerful thoughts can have staying power. I don't tend to agree with the harshness of Animals, but can see that with deep reflection, our society can move in a forward direction. And, hopefully, Roger intended for some of us to learn from his words, and not just get worked up into a frenzy of rebellion....more info
pink floyds forgotton classic a album that has the misfortune of coming between 2 classics. wish you were here and the wall can get overlooked easily. every floyd fan should check this out your doing yourself an injustice by not. this is a very good record....more info
and Pigs do Fly I guess I like Pink Floyd. This is quite a trippy collection, but worth a spin. ...more info
syringe full of electro-chemical substances i could careless what the song means or what the lyrical content is. i have my own beliefs and don't rely on singers to learn things. anyway, the music is killer. the sounds totally stimulate the imagination and the music still ignites my synaptic nodes 30+ years later. the guitar work is about as powerful as a syringe full of electro-chemical substances....more info
Animals Exposes Humanity In All Its Ugliness And Carnality Animals by Pink Floyd exposes the carnal, materialistic side of humankind in all its ugliness. The album divides people into three groups: dogs, pigs, and sheep. The dogs signify people, especially those of low or middle social or economic status, who are so ambitious and competitive that they will step on other people's toes to get to the top of the social or corporate ladder. The pigs signify people, especially big-business tycoons or greedy politicians, who take advantage of people of lower social or economic status in order to advance their own commercial or political empires. The sheep are people of ordinary social status who blindly obey whatever society tells them to do even if they know it will compromise their moral or religious principles. At this point, Roger Waters was exerting greater control in the band and this caused hostility among the band members, particularly among keyboardist Richard Wright. The band began to feel more separated from its fans due to them playing in large venues such as football stadiums. The famous pig balloon that has become a staple in their concerts started here. Pink Floyd have never shied away from the hard realities of the human condition by creating a magical wonderland full of joy, peace, and harmony. They have never created a utopia in their work and probably never will. That's why their albums are so influential and continue to sell to this very day. Their music is objective not subjective. This is life as it actually is, not what we would like it to be, according to Pink Floyd. ...more info
As good as Dark Side, and Wall Pink Floyd is probably the best artistic music group to come out of the Twentieth century, and this album is as good as anything in their discography. The album transcends pop music, and has become an underrated iconic work of art portraying modern humankind. But I could also say that about most of their albums. For me, this one paints pictures in your head about who you really are in this society, and leaves you feeling empty, wondering what it is we are missing. Not to try and bring you down, but by displaying this metaphor, Pink Floyd helps us to understand we are not alone in our misery. By releasing this album, as well as many others, they show us what they are feeling, and it is the same emotions we are feeling. I usually consider myself a Sheep, but have often related to the Dog story as well. Especially the line, "And when you lose control, You'll reap the harvest you have sown. But it is not beyond me to become a Pig in this contemporary age. Which animal do you resemble?
The music is great, but most people don't get the long, meloncholy metaphorical compositions. Everybody likes quick snappy songs that you can dance to, and very few understand that music is probably the most emotional and powerful artform in existence. This music takes time to listen to. It is an album to play whenever, whether you are working, driving, relaxing, self medicating, sleeping, this is the soundtrack to your life. Pink Floyd was so ahead of their time in everything they did; they still sound futuristic here in the twenty-first century.
If you like music as an artform, this is for you, if you like mindless music industry products, go buy the latest American Idol winner's CD. In my humble opinion, it is better than The Wall, and Dark Side of the Moon, but not by much. ...more info
Dark side of the farm Possibly the least pretentious of Pink Floyd's records, "Animals" is also the only of their concept albums in which the concept doesn't wind up buying the farm. In other words, "Animals" is a success: Waters' lyrics are vicious and pointed, the music complements the ugliness of his lyrics, and its punk atmosphere excites at all the points it should. Historical note: this was their last real (and last great) effort as Pink Floyd before Waters turned the group into puppets; as puppets they performed in Waters' repugnant opera of self-pity, "The Wall." ...more info
this is about the music, not the politics politically, Roger Waters is a total idiot, but as a musician, he's awesome....this album is simply about the best rock piece ever....I read this more about (despite whatever Waters' intentions) as commentary about Man, not capitalism....aftyer all, capitalism is NOT an "ism", it is what Man would naturally do without any State apparatus lording over it with the threat of force. a real treat, but not something for a party, or dancing....which is a good thing....more info
ANIMALS (COLUMBIA RECORDS/1977) REVIEW: "ANIMALS" was compiled from two songs ("Gotta Be Crazy" and "Raving And Drooling") written and played on the Pink Floyd tour prior to the "WISH YOU WERE HERE" recording sessions yet were never acutally committed to tape. So Bassist Roger Waters (and guitarist David Gilmour) reworked them a bit and overhauled the lyrics to suit a new concept album whereby the human race is catagorized into three different species of animal (a la George Orwell) locked into a fierce socialist struggle. Thus "Gotta Be Crazy" and "Raving And Drooling" were re-christened as "Dogs" and "Sheep", and a new song called "Pigs" was composed to complete the trilogy. To open and close the record on a more positive note: a gentle, acoustic ballad ("Pigs On The Wing, Part One and Two") was also added as a counter to the excessive, downbeat nature of Waters' lyrics. But it is precisely that bitter, cynical tone which has rendered "ANIMALS" the most difficult Pink Floyd album to listen to even though it highlights their instrumental prowess better than any of their previous LP's. Although an artist may be granted a certain degree of pessimism: the record eventually slips into an exploitation of pure evil (i.e. the blasphemous re-writing of the "23rd Psalm") in which God's so-called "apathy" rallies the docile flock of "Sheep" into violent rebellion that ends with them attacking their Creator and trying to "make the bugger's (slang for a sodomite) eyes water". In that song: Roger Waters has taken the Biblical call for Christians to be "sheep among wolves" as a calling card for allowing everyone to walk all over you. But the example of Christ is one not of "conforming to the herd" (if you will): but of doing the will of God in spite of the will of man. It was the determination of Christ Jesus to do the right thing that enabled him to die not as a coward or for a pointless cause: but in order to save the whole of humanity from the evil of ourselves and from the evil of that same apathy which Waters condemns. A Christian empowered by the Holy Spirit is not some docile wimp who cowers before the Devil and the endless cruelties of man, but is likened to a well-trained soldier who fights AGAINST such evil and thus fights on the side of God Jesus who is the living representation of all that is good and just and kind and holy and righteous. To give in to the darkness of Satan by fighting against the One True God who loves us and who is fighting for us is about as intelligent as shooting yourself in the foot and blaming someone else for your own stupidity. But regardless of its theological/sociological shortcomings: "ANIMALS" is still the hardest rocking Pink Floyd album ever released. No matter if its David Gilmour's slashing guitar on "Dogs", the brutal funk of "Pigs", or Roger Waters' pounding, warbling bass on "Sheep": this is an extraordinary LP that makes a bolder musical statement than the more popular Floydian concept albums "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" and (especially) "THE WALL". If you can handle the pitch-black cynicism and the "cinematic" horror of its presentation then "ANIMALS" should rank high on the scale of classic Pink Floyd releases. HARSH LANGUAGE: 1 f-word and two uses of the slang word "bugger". VIOLENCE: about 13 instances. SEXUAL REFERENCES: none. DRUG REFERENCES: none.
a good buy Classic Floyd experience. Most of the album makes chronoligical, evolutionary, etc sense- its a mixture of wish you were here and the wall for floyd fans. Roger does all the singing, but the lyrics are top notch as usual. Gilmour shredds on the guitar on dogs and pigs. Wright doesn't get a lot of airtime but he does have a jazzy keyboard solo on sheep.
Albumwise it's actually my favorite of Floyd's, but thats not because it has my ultimate favorite songs (Numb, Time), its because the flow of the music and the power of the words are better than all the other albums.
Things I might recommend to improve the album-
read Animal Farm (it's what the book is based off of)
and listen to it loud
The only bad things I've experienced is that the album flows so well that it feels very short. While there are 17 minute songs it still flies by too fast.
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she said joe please throw all of these Pink Flood CDs in the fireplace we'll have ourselves a ball.