The Madcap Laughs In the 20 years since Syd Barrett — once the leader of Pink Floyd — last recorded anything, the reclusive burnout's work has remained intriguing… The Madcap Laughs In the 20 years since Syd Barrett — once the leader of Pink Floyd — last recorded anything, the reclusive burnout's work has remained intriguing… Syd Barrett Rock
Music Review

The Madcap Laughs (1970)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Lead Performance: Syd Barrett; Genre: Rock

In the 20 years since Syd Barrett — once the leader of Pink Floyd — last recorded anything, the reclusive burnout's work has remained intriguing and influential. The first of two 1970 albums Barrett made after leaving the group, The Madcap Laughs offers a casual, unpolished peek into his bizarre personality. Playing acoustic guitar and singing disconnected lyrics as if their meaning were patently obvious, Barrett comes off like John Lennon on a placid acid trip: pretty, poetic, strange. Although this is an important and rewarding document, Barrett — also recently reissued — is a more accessible record of his final creative efforts. B-

Originally posted Sep 21, 1990 Published in issue #32 Sep 21, 1990 Order article reprints
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