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THE FINAL CUT

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.17 | 1592 ratings

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3 stars "The Final Cut" is the 12th full-length studio album by UK progressive rock act Pink Floyd. The album was released through Harvest in March 1983. After the hugely successful "The Wall (1979)" album it was expected that Pink Floyd would release another great album in the vein of that album. "The Final Cut" turned out to be a rather controversial album in the bandīs discography though. Loved by some and loathed by many. The album is essentially a Roger Waters solo album and in hindsight probably should have been released as such. Keyboard player Richard Wright had already left Pink Floyd during the sessions for "The Wall (1979)" (although he would return for some live session work on the tour supporting the album) stating that Roger Waters ego problems poisoned the atmosphere in the band. Listening to "The Final Cut" itīs very obvious that guitarist/vocalist David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason were also only "session" musicians in their own band on this album. "The Final Cut" is through and through a Roger Waters album. It would be his last album with Pink Floyd.

The album features 12 tracks. If you are familiar with how intense and desperate sounding the Roger Waters led tracks on The Wall sound youīll have a pretty good idea of how the music on "The Final Cut" sounds. Itīs as if the tracks on "The Final Cut" were outtakes (and some of them might be) from "The Wall (1979)" sessions. The problem with outtakes are often that they donīt reach the quality of the original product and thatīs also the case with the tracks on "The Final Cut". The quality is as such still high enough and I rather enjoy the album albeit mostly in small doses. Sometimes Iīm not too impressed by what Iīm exposed to but when some of the songs reach their climax there are great emotions at play and magical moments occur.

The production and the musicianship on the album are of good quality. Roger Waters distinct desperate sounding vocal style has a way of wearing on my patience after a while though but I guess thatīs an aquired taste. Upon conclusion "The Final Cut" probably shouldnīt have been released under the Pink Floyd monicker as it doesnīt sound much like a full band effort. While the album has itīs moments itīs not a perfect album and a 3 star (60%) rating isnīt all wrong.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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