If you’re not familiar with Syd Barrett, I would recommend reading about him before listening to this monumental album (full story) (wiki). After Pink Floyd released its first three albums, Barrett left the group and went through various LSD-crazed “breakdowns.” The Madcap Laughs is his debut solo album that highlights this infamous acid phase. Even though production on this album can be greatly appreciated with the help of producer Malcom Jones as well as former Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and David Gilmour, the lyrics are what make this album. The metaphorical libretto that he uses seems to be a projection of his state of mind during the time that he decides to write the particular song. At this phase of his life, Barrett’s mind was on another planet, yet the execution mimics the innocence of a child. There’s something almost boyish or untroubled about this album that really makes it one of a kind in the singer-songwriter category. I can’t recall another album out there that leaves me guessing this much, even after a complete run through of it. Again, it is extremely important to read about Syd Barrett before listening to this album. That way, you’ll truly appreciate his percipient mind and provocative music.