5. Comfortably Numb (1979)
Although Roger Waters’ sombre account of a person’s slide into private dislocation and isolation is grim and unflinching, David Gilmour’s anthemic solo magically transcends the awful subject material. Taking over a lifetime of its personal in live performance, its sonorous tones rally the spirits, articulating the human want to attach with each other.
4. Sheep (1977)
Rising from the cosseted glow of Rick Wright’s electrical piano, Floyd go for the jugular with their most caustic lower from Animals. Underpinned by Waters’ glowering bass, David Gilmour’s strafing chords graze and chunk by means of Mason’s driving pulse. Because the pensive environment bleeds out into the grotesque, distorted psalm, it is genuinely chilling.