The Wall’ (1979)
Roger Waters dug deep into his personal family history for his double-record masterpiece about war, its toll on survivors, celebrity, isolation and getting sucked into your own head. It’s such a fully formed and realized work that when it came time to make a 1982 movie based on The Wall, most of the pieces were already in place. The band’s opus … and its breaking point.
‘The Final Cut’ (1983)
The band’s follow-up to the massively popular The Wall album is a couple of things: a sequel, or prequel, to that 1979 LP, and, basically, Roger Waters’ debut solo record (this is his final work with the band). The Final Cut digs deeper into the war themes that shattered his childhood and fueled much of The Wall. It’s a bit self-indulgent at times, but it makes a fitting companion piece.
A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ (1987)
Where the band’s previous album, The Final Cut, was pretty much a Roger Waters solo record, A Momentary Lapse of Reason is essentially a David Gilmour LP. For the first time in years, a Pink Floyd album features no overriding concept. Instead, it’s a collection of songs designed to showcase Gilmour’s new role as group leader.
The Division Bell’ (1994)
The Division Bell marked the biggest gap between Pink Floyd albums — seven years — up to that point. And like its predecessor, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, it sounds like a David Gilmour solo record with some assist from keyboardist Richard Wright (and drummer Nick Mason). It’s not a bad album, but it’s a long way from The Dark Side of the Moon, even with the communication theme tying it all together.
‘The Endless River’ (2014)
The Endless River, which was released 20 years after the last Pink Floyd album, consists mostly of outtakes from 1994’s The Division Bell. Keyboardist Richard Wright died in 2008, and the record often plays like a tribute to him. The songs are almost ambient pieces, many based around Wright, with few ties to the band’s classic period. Following its release in 2014, Pink Floyd called it quits.