The Division Bell (studio album) by Pink Floyd

The Division Bell
The Division Bell by Pink Floyd
Year: 1994
Overall rank: 557th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 980 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1994 (18th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (100th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (557th)

Pink Floyd bestography

The Division Bell is ranked 8th best out of 34 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 96,082.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 980 votes)
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10/16/2020 21:03 fabm0  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 2,29861/100
 
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10/02/2020 20:56 EyeKanFly  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,26966/100

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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 17.6.

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Rating:  
70/100
From 06/23/2020 16:23
Relaxing
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Rating:  
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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Rating:  
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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Rating:  
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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80/100
From 02/19/2018 10:45
It's a good album by usual standards, but cannot stand up against the PF classic albums. Waters added an edginess that is missing here.
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Rating:  
95/100
From 02/10/2018 01:29
Good Waters-less Pink Floyd. Docked five points because David doesn't really shine the same way as most of his previous classic albums.
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65/100
From 01/31/2018 10:39
This album is apparently about communication and how talking can solve most problems so lets talk about The Division Bell

I recon I come from a neutral place evaluating this album , first and for most I'm a music fan , I think Pink Floyd are ok & neither love nor hate their work . The Division Bell sold truckloads upon release and stayed number 1 in USA and England for weeks to the tune of 6 times platinum in both countries , so commercially it was a raging success . But is it any good ?

Well according to most critics no , The Division Bell was almost universally panned with average to terrible reviews . What do I think ? I think its ok and actually better than what the critics say . It took a 2nd full listen to come to this conclusion.

Musically its great with lush soundscapes and some great guitar work , lyrically its pretty mundane stuff & in some parts cringe worthy such as this section from 'Lost for Words'
"So I open my door to my enemies / And I ask could we wipe the slate clean?/But they tell me to please go fuck myself/ You know you just cant win "

Fortunately the best is saved for last with High Hopes the best track here and a real highlight .

So I can definitely see myself returning to this album at some point in the future and I guess that's the best compliment I can give it . Oh & don't believe the reviews you need to hear it for yourself and make up your own mind .
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85/100
From 01/29/2018 00:38
It’s a fantastic album, classic. But imagine, just IMAGINE what would’ve been if Roger was on this album too. High Hopes but somehow even better. It’s a shame those 2 greats just couldn’t work together...
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95/100
From 12/16/2017 00:32
Gorgeous, lush sonic landscapes here, augmented by an abundance of Gilmour solos.
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