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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.08 | 2701 ratings

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2 stars Power corrupts. By 1979 Roger had that power in Pink Floyd and 'The Wall' is his dystopian personal vision unshackled from group quality control. The album is over-long, over-serious and vastly over-rated.

At the end of side two when Roger moans 'Goodbye cruel world' you sincerely hope he means it, but no, there's a whole other record to go. If it was not for some terrific playing, especially by Roger Gilmour on guitar, you'd be hard-pressed to find much to like in this dismal self-indulgent rant. Richard Wright (r.i.p.) was so depressed he was sent home. The two songs credited to Gilmour - Waters (Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell) are by far the strongest on the album. And don't bleat about how marvelous 'Another Brick In The Wall, Part II' is - that's only because you've heard it so much you've forgotten that it is used three times on the first disc and can ignore the manipulative use of a children's choir to cover a bilious attack on education generally. (Where did you go to school, Roger?).

The best thing that can be said about 'The Wall' is that it is much better than the album which followed it. Faint praise indeed. If you wish to hear anger and social criticism expressed powerfully and in a controlled way, listen to 'Animals' and avoid 'The Wall'. RATING: Vision & Innovation: 5/30; Playing and Composition: 15/30; Listener Enjoyment: 5/30; X-Factor [cover, antacid, reviewer bias]: 2/10. Total: 27/100 -> 2 Stars (barely)

BeeJayMelb | 2/5 |


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