The Endless River is the fifteenth and final studio album by Pink Floyd, released in 2014. Their first album after twenty years and their first double-LP since The Wall nearly 40 years priornote , it is also the first after the death of both Richard Wright and the long-departed founding member Syd Barrett.
Most of the album is comprised of instrumentals, with only one song with lead vocals by David Gilmour. Much of the album is composed of out-takes from The Division Bell, and so features Wright posthumously. It was the first album since The Final Cut not to have a supporting tour, owing in part to the sense of finality that Gilmour and Mason wanted out of the record.
Compared to previous Pink Floyd albums, The Endless River is a far more ambient-oriented affair, with considerable focus on mood and texture than conventional melody (largely due to it consisting primarily of old instrumental outtakes). The broad majority of the album is purely instrumental, with the only lyrical song on it being the closing track, "Louder Than Words". Like most previous songs from the Gilmour-led incarnation of Pink Floyd, the lyrics for it were penned by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson.
Preceded by The Division Bell.
- "Things Left Unsaid" (4:26)
- "It's What We Do" (6:17)
- "Ebb And Flow" (1:55)
- "Sum" (4:48)
- "Skins" (2:37)
- "Unsung" (1:07)
- "Anisina" (3:16)
- "The Lost Art Of Conversation" (1:42)
- "On Noodle Street" (1:42)
- "Night Light" (1:42)
- "Allons-y (1)" (1:57)
- "Autumn '68" (1:35)
- "Allons-y (2)" (1:32)
- "Talkin' Hawkin'" (3:29)
- "Calling" (3:37)
- "Eyes To Pearls" (1:51)
- "Surfacing" (2:46)
- "Louder Than Words" (6:36)
Blu-ray Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Edition):
- "TBS9" (2:28)
- "TBS14" (4:11)
- "Nervana" (5:31)
CD and Blu-ray releases are on a single disc each
- David Gilmour - guitar, lead vocals, keyboard, piano, VCS3, bass
- Nick Mason - drums, percussion, vocals
- Richard Wright - organ, piano, keyboard, vocals, synthesizer, vibraphone
With world-weary grace, we've taken our places; we could curse it or nurse it or give it a trope...:
- Bookends: If you listen closely, the very start of "Things Left Unsaid" and the very end of "Louder Than Words" contains these.
- Call-Back: Multiple feature throughout the album.
- The album's title is taken from a lyric from the song "High Hopes" from The Division Bell.
- The song "Louder Than Words" is taken from a lyric from the song "Sorrow" from A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
- "Autumn '68" derives its title as a play off of "Summer '68" from Atom Heart Mother.
- The song "Talkin' Hawkin'" samples from a British Telecom advert, which was also used for "Keep Talking" from The Division Bell.
- The synth-trumpet lead in "It's What We Do" recalls the Minimoog synth-trumpet lead in the instrumental sections of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond".
- Distant Finale: The band's final album, released 20 years after the previous one.
- Epic Rocking: "It's What We Do" (6:17). and "Louder Than Words" (6:36).
- Fading into the Next Song: As is standard for Pink Floyd, with the only gaps being fade-outs at the end of each side; this is even the case on CD and digital copies.
- Grand Finale: This album for Pink Floyd as a whole. "Louder Than Words" in particular is explicitly structured as a final closing of the door on the band.
- Gratuitous French: "Allons-Y".
- Instrumentals: The whole album bar "Louder Than Words".
- Loudness War: Averted. The album comes in at DR11, which is an astounding amount of dynamic range for a modern recording.
- Non-Indicative Name: "Autumn '68" features an archival recording of Richard Wright playing the Royal Albert Hall pipe organ during the late 60's, but contrary to the title the recording was from June of 1969.
- One-Word Title: "Sum", "Skins", "Unsung", "Anisina", "Calling", "Surfacing".
- Shout-Out: The title of "Autumn '68" to "Summer '68" from Atom Heart Mother.
- Siamese Twin Songs: Almost the entire album, with the only cutoff points being the gaps between each side. To this extent, the CD release has the entirety of each side sequenced with the songs in such close proximity to one another that the disc seemingly appears to only have four tracks (the songs are still sequenced individually though, meaning you can skip across all 18 tracks at will.
- Special Guest:
- Killing Joke bassist Youth provides supplementary keyboard/synth parts for the album.
- The electronic string group Escala plays string parts on "Louder Than Words".
- Textless Album Cover: Par for the course for Pink Floyd.
- That's All, Folks!: The last Pink Floyd album.