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Roger Waters


Crossover Prog

3.74 | 217 ratings

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4 stars I just keep expecting things to blow up.

Listening to Roger Waters' music is often stressful, whether it is something to do with the ominous chord progressions or just past experience its generally not too long before something blows up. In stereo and now in HiRes.

Thankfully there are just two loud bangs in this new work but that doesn't mean it isn't a stressful album. Is it me or this guy truly pissed off... with everybody and about everything? On the plus side, the use of keyboards which has been lacking from the earlier solo albums means in many ways that this album is closer to The Final Cut which should please Floyd fans.

The use of field recordings including the Speaking Clock, Shipping Forecast, BBC Continuity Announcers, Post Office Counter and even the Tube are surprisingly not irritating. In fact they provide a reassuring "homeliness" that counterbalances some of the more disturbing musical content.

What this adds up to is an album that is at once hard to listen to and utterly engaging and unstoppable when you do. It is an album that ought not to work - the ravings and droolings of a very cross man - but works brilliantly. Utterly superb.

moulsham | 4/5 |


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