The Division Bell (studio album) by Pink Floyd

The Division Bell by Pink Floyd
Year: 1994
Overall rank: 518th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 1,044 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1994 (17th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (94th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (518th)

Pink Floyd bestography

The Division Bell is ranked 7th best out of 36 albums by Pink Floyd on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Pink Floyd is The Dark Side Of The Moon which is ranked number 2 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 89,135.

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75/100 (from 1,044 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 24% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 74.7/100, a mean average of 73.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 74.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.5.

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90/100
From 08/01/2021 06:57
One of my personal underrated PF albums. Even though this is post Roger Waters era, I find the instrumentals make up for the lack of vocals. Gilmore proves on this album why he is one of the best guitarists of the last century, even without water. The album was just very peaceful to listen to, and in my opinion their most brilliant album since the wall. TDB was able to show the new found creativity that Gilmore and Wright were able show being in control without waters.
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From 07/20/2021 10:08
Decent album, me being born in 1980, it's a bit hard to be objective. So I heard "Learning to Fly" when it came on radio in '87(and without any help, I gathered that "Pink Floyd" wasn't the name of the lead singer or guitarist) and around the same time heard "Brick II" for the first time and was like "How can that be Pink Floyd too? They sound nothing alike". Interestingly I also heard Roger Waters' "The Tide is Turning" when it came out. But for a long time Pink Floyd was to me just a name, but a name more weighty than probably any other rock name(if you list Beatles, Stones etc. separately as pop). When I started taking more of an interest in band membership and history I realized that Roger Waters had previously been a member of Floyd and that almost all of The Wall had been written by him hence the major difference I saw between "Brick II" and "Learning to Fly".

I began listening to Floyd albums buying Division Bell(tape) and Momentary Lapse(CD) cheaply around the same time, late '01-'02. I had just started exploring classic rock and was interested in exploring Floyd next, but regarded "Learning to Fly" as "my Floyd" more so than The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon which were before my time. So I didn't think either album was great, but I guess it was the Pink Floyd name that kept me listening to them and noting the good things, where I otherwise might not have bothered any more with albums were merely OK or decent.

Gradually I noted that unlike MLOR, DB's composition was almost entirely Gilmour and Wright. I also learned that neither Gilmour nor Wright were confident lyricists while in Floyd with Waters and didn't often contribute to them, hence the help from Anthony Moore, Polly Samson, Nick Laird-Clowes, Phil Manzanera, Patrick Leonard etc. Rick Wright's contributions to writing, playing and singing make DB more of a Floyd album and less of a Gilmour solo regardless of how little it sounds like classic Floyd I suppose.
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70/100
From 04/16/2021 00:44
It's good but definitely not top tier Floyd. I've heard at least two people that said this was their favorite Pink Floyd album, I was confused why but you can like what you want, that's the beauty of music. Nothing Earth shattering but it is nice.
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85/100
From 01/12/2021 15:53
A good album, but the lyrical quality is lessened by a lack of Roger Waters
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70/100
From 12/11/2020 09:45
The comparison to the previous albums by Pink Floyd is rather harsh.
The songwriting is below average (for Pink Floyd standards), but the music is just fine.
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70/100
From 06/23/2020 16:23
Relaxing
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80/100
From 12/31/2019 13:09
I always thought that Waters is the main creative mind behind Pink Floyd but this album is the perfect example that Gilmour and Wright are also very talented composers (musicians we already knew). 11 solid rock tracks which aren't as groundbreaking as the classic Pink Floyd but are still very pleasant to listen to.
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80/100
From 11/16/2018 14:16
Underrated album. It's a great album
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Rating:  
90/100
From 06/07/2018 20:46
I was lucky enough to see the tour of this album ahead of actually buying it. The concert was open air in the grounds of a Chateau in France on 31st July 1994. The whole experience was mesmerising! I originally bought the tape (at the concert I recollect) and have since purchased the CD and the double vinyl. I love this album, it is another stepping stone in the Pink Floyd journey. I found The Wall extremely depressing as is the case with The Final Cut, that isn't to say I don't like those albums. This album however is upbeat and brings with it 'High Hopes'!
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70/100
From 05/27/2018 14:58
It's a quite hard album to rate for me. It has really beautiful songs, but also few boring. I think it's a little too "normal" and monotonous . Considering it's an album by Pink Floyd it doesn't surprise the listener. Good rock album with few standouts, but nothing spectacular. Ok, maybe the end song is actually spectacular.
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