Louder than Words (Pink Floyd song)
|"Louder than Words"|
|Single by Pink Floyd|
|from the album The Endless River|
|Released||14 October 2014|
|Recorded||1993/2014 on the
Astoria (London, England)
|Genre||Progressive rock, soft rock|
|Pink Floyd singles chronology|
"Louder than Words" is a song written by David Gilmour and Polly Samson. The song, featuring lyrics written by Samson to accompany a composition by Gilmour, was originally recorded by British rock band Pink Floyd as the closing track of their fifteenth studio album, The Endless River. The track, which had its roots in the 1993 sessions for the band's previous studio album, The Division Bell, features a posthumous appearance by former keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd, Richard Wright, and an appearance by electronic string quartet Escala. "Louder than Words" is the only song on the album with lyrics, sung by lead vocalist Gilmour.
The track was released to US mainstream rock radio on 14 October 2014, serving as the first release in promotion of The Endless River.
The music accompanying the song, composed by David Gilmour, has been described by various music critics and writers, including Exclaim! writer Josiah Hughes as a "A slow-burning, melodramatic track complete with plenty of intense guitar and synth work" and by Clash writer Robin Murray as a "sparse, trippy track, one which is heavy on guitar led atmosphere and ominous electronic production". The lyrics, written by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson, depicts "stately depiction of undying love, a tribute to Richard Wright and the importance of overcoming petty differences". Gilmour spoke about the song with The Guardian, stating:
Well, Rick is gone. This is the last thing that'll be out from us. I'm pretty certain there will not be any follow up to this. And Polly, my wife, thought that would be a very good lyrical idea to go out on. A way of describing the symbiosis that we have. Or had… I didn't necessarily always give [Wright] his proper due. People have very different attitudes to the way they work and we can become very judgmental and think someone is not quite pulling his weight enough, without realising that theirs is a different weight to pull.
The majority of the music video for "Louder than Words" was shot in Kazakhstan on what was once the Aral Sea. Director Po Powell said to Rolling Stone that the arid landscape that once held one of the world's four largest inland lakes was now "A surreal image if ever I saw one ... a shocking example of human mismanagement and one of the planet's worst environmental disasters. ... The river has shrunk to 10 percent of its original size, destroying the fishing industry and whole townships." As the disaster is somewhat well-known, Powell tried to focus on what the climate changes meant to a younger generation that was now growing up without the fishing and maritime influences of their forefathers. In contrast, the opening of the music video features a man paddling through clouds and photos of the band when they were younger, including Gilmour, Wright, and Nick Mason, Pink Floyd's drummer.
"Louder than Words" has received generally positive reviews from music critics. Tom Breihan of Spin Media music webzine Stereogum wrote positively of the song, stating that "the song is a lovely piece of work, a slow prog-rock elegy with a gospel choir and some classic Floyd guitar". Brad Bershad of Zumic also gave the song a positive review. "Gilmour's guitar parts are stellar, although perhaps softer than the classic jagged tone of the '70s records.", he said. "Time has softened The Floyd a bit, but this is still a beautiful song. The autobiographical lyrics, referring to the power behind Pink Floyd's music and infighting are excellent." The song reached number 1 on Polish Radio 3 Chart on 24 October.
|US promotional single|
|1.||"Louder than Words" (radio edit)||David Gilmour, Polly Samson||4:40|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||89|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||38|
|US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)||29|
|Region||Date||Radio format||Label||Catalogue no.|
|United States||14 October 2014||Mainstream rock radio||Columbia Records||unknown|
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