In a contemporary review for The Dark Side of the Moon, Lloyd Grossman of Rolling Stone described “The Great Gig in the Sky” as a track [Pink Floyd] could have “shortened or dispensed”. However, in a readers poll from the same magazine, the track was selected as the second greatest vocal performance of all time behind “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Everything you need to know about critics in one paragraph.
That band is brilliant. That album is a masterpiece. That song is incredible, and Clare Torry’s vocals are among the most hauntingly beautiful sounds ever recorded.