City Paper is not for tourists
Pulse marks the second time in a row that Pink Floyd—or, at least, what passes these days for Pink Floyd—has followed a studio album with a steeply priced live package. Like The Delicate Sound of Thunder, Pulse contains too many of the tepid songs from post- Roger-Waters-era Floyd. And, like Thunder, Pulse employs the talents of several fabulously talented musicians to try to cover up for the fact that Floyd vocalist David Gilmour can’t sing to save his life. Why would anyone buy it? Well, Disc 2 contains the entirety of Floyd’s classic Dark Side of the Moon presented in concert, and the whole thing has a neat-o package (including a blinking LED light on the spine). However, listening to Gilmour’s ham-fisted presentation of Moon material will send any self-respecting fan scurrying for the real thing and, after a while, that blinking red light gets really, really annoying. Your money is better spent elsewhere, say, on that new Warrant album.