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THE WALL

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.05 | 2071 ratings

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2 stars I can clearly compare "The Wall" with "Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll: Too Young to Die!" from Jethro Tull - both albums has a good background idea, a good concept, but the music are just poor. Actually, I can stand Too Old To RnR, but I can't stand The Wall.

The album starts with the song called In The Flesh. It's a fine rock. Nothing more. By the way, I don't like the vocals. So we have The Thin Ice. Nah. Nothing at all. Rather In The Flesh. Gilmour feeling at the guitar solo sounds forced enough. There's no impact. From the third to fifth track, okay, it's good, but I'm really tired of this super hit. Mother is a folk non- inspired song. Again, they had a plot to follow and tried to make it work as a song, but the words Neil Young track is actually better than this folk track. It's the kind of song that I would probably skip if I was listening to at the radio station. Goodbye Blue Sky is my favorite song from the first LP. Is actually a great song, a highlight. Maybe Metallica's Fade to Black intro was a little rip off from this track. Empty Space is an atmospheric prelude to Young Lust. Just fine. Nothing special, and maybe, a commercial rock. One of My Turns is a very representative prog ballad, but since the concept have been hided by the boring music, this track wouldn't be different. After a giant cup of boringness, a sad song (Don't Leave Me Now) is not a good idea. Another Brick part III and Goodbye Cruel World finally concludes the first half.

The B side starts with Hey You, it's a pleasent progressive song, and what a surprise. It includes some references to the main track (Another Brick in The Wall). A good trip, slow, prog and atmospheric. Very... Pink Floyd. Is There Anybody Out There is an atmospheric instrumental including acoustic guitar solo and a cool background following to Nobody Home. This last one is forgettable. Slowly the boring side of the floyd starts again. Vera is awful. I hate when the big bands use to hide the bad music with exaggerated arrangements and singing. The arrangements at Bring The Boys Back Home is needed to the background tale, but is just another boring short track. Finally, another hit. And the media was right. This is a good track. Maybe too commercial, maybe another "wish you were here" formula. I don't know, but it works, and it's absolutely a highligh at this second half. The electric guitar backgrounds are awesome and makes me in the mood to accept the rest of the album, giving me hope to face the remaining tracks. The Show Must Go On is a follow-up, still in the same mood of the previous track, but not so good. Now, cames In The Flesh, better than In The Flesh? at the beggining of the album. It starts as an oldschool heavy rock, with outstanding guitar chords and organ. The song calm down, and still has a good vibe. Run Like Hell is cool too. Very 80s (the guitar riffs and bass-drums rhythm), and great vocals. Waiting For The Worms is a narrative boring song, I really don't like the melody here and chorus. The vocals effect sucks. Stop and The Trial are great, a classical rock with a thriller vibe. This high and low makes the album too irregular, sounding like any commercial cd/lp, that I need to skip a bunch of tracks if I want to have pleasure listening to. And well, Outside The Wall is just the "happy" ending.

The Wall between two Pink Floyds. Everything they did after this album is not for me. The Wall is a hype concept album, overrated in my honest opinion.

VOTOMS | 2/5 |

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