Endless River

Pink Floyd

The newest and perhaps last from Pink Floyd, the largely instrumental “Endless River,” is a retread of their previous material and is not bad by any measure — it just lacks soul. How could it not? Containing only one original member in drummer Nick Mason (as even guitarist David Gilmour was a replacement for the inimitable Syd Barrett), the band lacks that certain grit they had in their earlier days, with the end result being a Pink Floyd record that works well enough technically, but plays like a dope cover band with sweet gear and even sweeter licks; they sound like a ghost of their former selves. Tracks like “Side 2, Pt. 4: Anisina” are cartoonish in their prog rock elements to the point that the track, as many before and after, seems best suited for a slightly rowdy elevator after a possibly heroic lunch at work.