A number of distinct Pink Floyd hallmarks are scattered throughout the listen, such as Gilmour's emotive, blues-rooted electric leads, Mason's steady percussion and late band member Richard Wright's omnipresent keys. With the record also being a tribute to Wright, who died in 2008, the accomplished player's posthumous contributions range from trading melodies on "It's What We Do" to delivering what feels like an elegy for himself on "Autumn '68." Gilmour's guitar work shows little sign of regression, which proves important on a record made up predominantly of instrumentals. These short bursts of ambient expression prove easy to get lost in despite his soaring six-string sustain, save for the edgier two-part "Allons-y." The flighty instrumental works culminate with "Louder Than Words," a welcome swansong notable not only for being the single cut featuring lyrics, but also because of its poignant observations on the symbiosis of the group's career.
"Let's go with the flow, wherever it goes, we're more than alive" sings Gilmour in one moment on the closer, aware that the iconic group's music will continue to live on just as it has already done across 15 studio records and a 50-year career. Pink Floyd's final farewell doesn't deliver anything particularly unfamiliar to those acquainted with the Gilmour years. However, The Endless River serves its purpose as well as a collection of unreleased material can — it remembers an integral band member while reflecting on past glories in a reserved, respectable fashion. (Columbia)