If (Pink Floyd song)
|Song by Pink Floyd|
|from the album Atom Heart Mother|
|Released||2 October 1970 (UK)
10 October 1970 (US)
|Recorded||August 1970 at Abbey Road Studios, London|
|Genre||Psychedelic folk, progressive rock, progressive folk|
|Producer(s)||Pink Floyd, Norman Smith (executive producer)|
Written and sung by Roger Waters, like "Grantchester Meadows" before it, "If" carries on a pastoral and folky approach, but instead deals with introspection. The song is in the key of E Major.
The song was performed live at a John Peel session on 16 July 1970, at BBC's Paris Theatre, London. Waters performed it on several occasions, during the 1984/85 'Pros and Cons' tour, and in support of Radio K.A.O.S. in 1987. For these performances, "If" was expanded with additional lyrics and chord sequences.
In a review for the Atom Heart Mother album on release, Alec Dubro of Rolling Stone gave "If" a negative review, calling the song "English folk at its deadly worst. It's soft and silly." Dubro said the same for "Fat Old Sun". In a more positive review, Stephen Deusner of Paste described "If" as one of Roger Waters' best compositions. In another positive review, Irving Tan of Sputnik Music believes "If" contains "very introspective lyrics that end up making a memorable outing", but also believed the track was not as well-written as some of his later and earlier pieces. Tan also believed the track was reminiscent of "Grantchester Meadows", another Waters-penned track from Ummagumma a year before.
- Roger Waters – lead vocals and backing vocals, classical acoustic guitar, bass guitar
- David Gilmour – slide electric guitar
- Richard Wright – piano, Hammond organ
- Nick Mason – drums
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