"Animals", the tenth studio album by (the best in the history and) English rock band Pink Floyd. It is a concept album from 1977 that has its roots on the classic book "Animal Farm", by George Orwell. Analogically to the book, this album provides a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of late 1970s Britain. Their most "terrenal" and brown-color album, that presents a marked change in musical style from their earlier work.
Animals is the tenth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 23 January 1977 through Harvest and Columbia Records. It was recorded at the band's Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976, and was produced by the band. The album continues the longform compositions that made up their previous works, including Wish You Were Here (1975). The album received positive reviews from critics and was commercially successful, reaching number 2 in the UK and number 3 in the USA.
Animals is both a progressive rock album and a concept album, focusing on the social-political conditions of mid-1970s Britain, and was a change from the style of their earlier work. Tension within the band during production later culminated in keyboardist Richard Wright leaving during the recording of The Wall (album). The album's cover shows an inflatable pig floating between two chimneys of the Battersea Power Station, conceived by the band's bassist and lead songwriter Roger Waters, and was designed by long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson. The band released no singles from the record, but promoted it through the In the Flesh tour. Waters' agitation with the crowd during this tour inspired their next record, The Wall (1979).