Louder than Words

Original LP Cover.

Studio album by Pink Floyd
Released 11 November 2016
Recorded Abbey Road Studios, Britannia Row Studios, and Astoria, 12 November 2014 - 09 September 2016
The Billiard Room, 21 March-31 March 2016 (Roger Waters sessions)
Genre Progressive rock, experimental rock
Length 49:59
Label ParlophoneColumbia
Producer Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd chronology
Soldier Boy
Louder than Words
1. "Louder than Words" (Gilmour, Samson, Wright)
Release: 04 November 2016
2. "It's What We Do" (Gilmour, Wright)
Release: 14 December 2016

Louder Than Words is the twenty-first and final studio album by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It was released by Parlophone and Columbia Records on 11 November 2016.

Louder than Words consists of experimental and progressive rock, space-influented ambient, especially in Allons-y.

It became the most pre-ordered album of all time on Amazon UK, and debuted at number one in several countries. The vinyl edition was the fastest-selling UK vinyl release since 1997. The album was released with the Pink Floyd's boxset, The Early Years 1965-72.

A week before the album's release, the Pink Floyd released the album's title track, Louder than Words, as a promotional single. At the end of 2015, the Pink Floyd confirmed the rumours of an album in their social networks, the band's final album, called "Louder than Words".


As Learning to Fly, Louder than Words doesn't have a central theme, but some members of the band, as Gilmour and Wright have said that the album is a possible tribute to the history of the band, although the sound is somewhat similar to his last album. After Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson, wrote lyrics to the title tracks, the albums producers asked her to write lyrics for four other tracks.

Roger Waters contributed some bass lines and received one writing credit, however, he mostly recorded his parts in his home studio and sent it to the album's producers for overdubbing. According to Gilmour, Wills and Gilmour himself played at least half of the bass on the album. A 30 second bass pedal groove in the fadeout of the album was performed by Waters alone. He can be heard muttering "where we go out" just before the track ends.

Syd Barrett, at the same time of Pink Floyd's Louder than Words, was producing your last album too, released as Freedom. Syd gave some unused material of the sessions, receiving a writing credit on "Allons-y".

Track listing

No. Title Music Lead vocals Length
1. "Allons-y" Gilmour, Samson, Wright, Wills, Mason, Barrett Gilmour, Wright 19:40
2. "It's What We Do" Gilmour, Wright Instrumental 6:17
3. "Following the Way" Gilmour, Moore Gilmour 3:16
4. "Playing" Samson Gilmour, Wright 4:48
5. "A Memory of the Castle" Wright Wright 2:56
6. "Where Someone Talks" Gilmour, Samson Gilmour 6:25
7. "Louder than Words" Gilmour, Samson, Wright, Waters Gilmour, Wright 6:37
Total Length: 49:59


  • David Gilmour - lead vocals, guitars, EBow guitar, bass guitar
  • Richard Wright - lead vocals, Hammond organ, piano, keyboards, Albert Hall Organ, EMS VCS 3
  • Nick Mason - backing vocals, drums, percussion
  • Rick Wills - backing vocals, bass guitar
  • Roger Waters - bass guitar in "Louder than Words", bass lines in "Allons-y"
  • Syd Barrett - guitar parts in Allons-y

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