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THE FINAL CUT

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.17 | 1256 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
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3 stars Just another brick in the wall

Coming into the '80s most prog bands had changed their style dramatically to adapt to the coming times. One of the '60s and '70s most creative and innovative bands, Pink Floyd, however, decided to stick to what they know. Yessir, this album by them still feels late '70s, but only because it feels like they wanted to continue on a worn path. Seen by Roger Waters as a tribute to his father, it seems that he was inspired by his own work on The Wall to do something along these lines.

One of the things that is noticeable immediately on the album is the line-up on the back cover. Especially where it says "Written By: Roger Waters, Performed By: Pink Floyd". Talk about an ego trip. However, this album has always been seen as a Waters solo album by the band, who really doesn't acknowledge the album at all.

That's all okay of course, the album is still good. What's different about this album to The Wall is that this one is more of a concept album than a rock opera (if you want to nit-pick), and it definitely plays out more that way. Also nice is Water's emotional delivery with his vocals on all the songs since this seems to be a topic he really cares about. The melancholic opener, The Post War Dream, is a good indicator as Waters shouts out the lyrics at the listener. Other standouts are few, however, as the album does tend to meld together into a thick paste at times. The Gunner's Dream is another excellent track which carries on the sad feeling, as is Paranoid Eyes.

Two Suns In The Sunset has to be the biggest standout on the album, however, as a dark and almost loathing song played with a sad voice with apocalyptic lyrics. This is a very welcome addition to the album and an unfortunately overlooked track in the Late-Floyd discography.

There are a couple of lower points to the album as well. The two singles, The Fletcher Memorial Home is another melancholic song that unfortunately takes it one step past mourning and more into whining with its lyrics. This was seemingly Pink Floyd's attempt to make a catchy song, but it doesn't work that well. Not Now John is something Pink Floyd have never done before, and that's a hard edged standard rock song. "F*** all that! We gotta get on with this!" and then the chorus of girls sing behind "F*** all that, ooooh!" Kind of fun, but not really the kind of thing the prog heads are looking for.

In the end this is still a good album, but I wouldn't recommend it further than people who really want to hear The Wall disc three. 3 stars. Water's last attempt with the band which he unfortunately abused.

Queen By-Tor | 3/5 |

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