The Division Bell

Label
EMI UK
Release date
2 Oct 2006
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
64:06

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Cluster One 5:58 189,536
2 What Do You Want From Me 4:22 258,538
3 Poles Apart 7:05 188,606
4 Marooned 2:03 288,775
5 A Great Day for Freedom 4:17 237,685
6 Wearing the Inside Out 6:50 178,946
7 Take It Back 6:13 192,273
8 Coming Back to Life 6:20 241,474
9 Keep Talking 6:11 297,734
10 Lost for Words 6:14 175,776
11 High Hopes 8:33 401,119

About this album

The Division Bell is the final studio album by Pink Floyd, released in 1994 (30 March in the United Kingdom and 5 April in the United States), and the second album without original bassist Roger Waters. It was recorded at a number of studios, including guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour’s houseboat studio called The Astoria. It went to #1 in the UK and debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts in April 1994, spending four weeks as the top album in the country. By contrast, Pink Floyd’s previous album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, had peaked at #3. The Division Bell was certified Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum in the U.S. in June 1994 and Triple Platinum in January 1999. Its release was accompanied by an extremely successful tour documented in the P•U•L•S•E album released the following year.


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Before the Roger Waters-led period, David Gilmour stated that the music and lyrics were in balance, and the importance of the music was understood. The Division Bell’s atmosphere is spacier, sounding more like Meddle or Obscured by Clouds than the grittier and harsher tones of Animals or The Wall. David Gilmour and keyboardist Richard Wright stated on “In the Studio with Redbeard”, which spotlighted The Division Bell (including interviews which were recorded for the world premiere special of The Division Bell aired one week before its U.S. release) that the album was the band’s best since their 1975 release Wish You Were Here.

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