Carter’s Catalog: Pink Floyd Explores Dark Themes on “Animals”

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The classic Pink Floyd album Animals celebrated its 36th anniversary Monday. In the latest Carter’s Catalog, our own Carter Alan talks about the five-song LP’s dark themes and its progression toward the next Floyd record, The Wall.

Animals would be the last time Pink Floyd did a full world tour with Roger Waters as frontman. They would tour live for The Wall in 1979 and 1980, but not for many dates. Pink_Floyd-Animals-Frontal It was during the Animals tour where Waters began to conceptualize the themes behind The Wall, sensing a growing disconnect between himself and the fans in the crowd.

Beyond being one of Pink Floyd’s darkest albums, Animals is also one of their most unusually structured – five tracks spanning a vast 41 minutes, including three songs over 10 minutes long and the 17-minute opus “Dogs,” bookended by two shorter tracks, parts 1 and 2 of “Pigs on the Wing.”

In essence the structure of Animals is the opposite of its predecessor, Wish You Were Here, but it still represented a natural progression for the band into the epic double-album that would continue to define their career.

– Matt Dolloff,

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