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THE WALL

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.05 | 2016 ratings

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arcane-beautiful
5 stars And so we face the end of the glory years of Pink Floyd, it was a good run and to be honest, some of the worlds most interesting music had been produced from it.

This album represents the anger and the raw emotion of the enigma, that is Roger Waters.

The concept of the album is based on Roger's own psyche again, but with the representation of a metaphorical wall that he uses to build a schism between him and the people around him, each repressed memory a brick in the wall. With alot of cynicism, involving homophobia, racism, sexual undertones and some very vivid horror images, it really is something special.

The movie that was made after the album was made is amazing and I think everyone should see it. It still freaks me out, but it represents everything that is great and Pink Floyd, weird & wonderful basically. It is also the reason why I have a little respect for Bob Geldof.

This is also my first review of a double album, so this should be fun...

CD 1

1. In The Flesh? - The best riff ever made in my opinion. I love the third harmony that is low in the mix as well. Basically an introduction. Dream Theater also do a very good version of this song as well.

2. The Thin Ice - This song represents the birth of the protagonist. Amazing guitar work and some great vocals from both Roger & David.

3. Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 1- Introducing one of the main themes. It's about Roger's dad who died in WW2.

4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives - An amazing bassline flows through this song. I love the lyrics in this song, especially the fat and psychotic wives part. It's a very vivid image of what teachers are even like in today's society.

5. Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2 - A classic song really. I'm not at all sure about the children's choir part, but to be honest it does make the song more memorable. The solo is amazing, and is one of my favourite solos to play. This song was ruined by that stupid green cross code advert.

6. Mother - A great song about a mother's love to her child. Another amazing solo is heard and there is some great vocals and some interesting lyrics.

7. Goodbye Blue Sky - A very weird change in tone, mixing a very eerie dark song with some lovely acoustic parts. The vocal harmonies in this song are also amazing. System Of A Down do a complete farce version of this song, so don't even think of looking it up, it would ruin this great song.

8. Empty Spaces - This song is a bit filler, but to be honest it does make sense. The movie version of this song is amazing, the visuals are very avante garde and match the song perfectly.

9. Young Lust - A very blues orientated song with a very catchy chorus. This song represents the teenage emotions basically.

10. One Of My Turns - An amazing song that really expresses raw emotion with some werid psychotic lyrics. The movie version is amazing and Bob really pulls himself off as a complete mentalist, breaking everything in a hotel room.

11. Don't Leave Me Now - For some reason this is one of my favourite songs from this album. Its very eerie and hair raising and the vocals are very sad and almost screamy. Pure emotion is put across basically.

12. Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 3 - An amazing end to the first disc. Korn also do quite a good version of this, with the other 2 parts and Goodbye Cruel World.

13. Goodbye Cruel World - An extended ending. Very dramatic.

CD 2

1.Hey You - An amazing song with some great lyrics and some amazing vocals from Dave & Roger. Classic Pink Floyd at it's best.

2. Is There Anybody Out There? - A bit of an interlude, asking a rhetorical question.

3. Nobody Home - This song basically just expresses the rock stars own pride, naming all the things that he has, but the one thing that he wants he can't have, and that is his wife's affection. Some great orchestration from Michael Kamen.

4. Vera - The ironic thing is that Roger says, "Does anybody remember Vera Lynn", and because it's her anniversary, yes, she has a best out now. Although her music is supposed to be even more depressing than Leonard Cohen. A nice interlude.

5. Bring The Boys Back Home - Another interlude with a big epic choir.

6. Comfortably Numb - An amazing song with an amazing chorus and an amazing solo. The lyrics are also very beautiful and very dreamy. The Scissor Sisters cover does rape this song though. If you want to see a good cover of this song, check out Queensyrche & Dream Theater's version of the song.

7. The Show Must Go On - The movie version of this song is very scary, with Bob growing new skin. A good sing with some great vocals and hooks in it.

8. In The Flesh - A repeated version of the song, without a ?. This song is incredibly racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic. But, it's supposed to be, with the protagonist own descent into madness as a fascist dictator.

9. Run Like Hell - An amazing song with some very comical lyrics. The band also do a very good version of this song on Pulse. There is also some great riffs provided by Dave.

10. Waiting For The Worms - An amazing racist song with a megaphone in it, to give it a very Nazi-esque feel to it.

11. Stop - The protagonist's own conclusion. Now he must face a trial.

12. The Trial - One of my all time favourite Pink Floyd songs. The words are very conclusive and comical. The orchestration is amazing, Roger's character playing is amazing, the end guitar riff is mammoth and very metal. The movie version is amazing, with weird images and very innuendo looking characters. Just amazing.

13. Outside The Wall - The end, basically. The Wall is now torn down.

CONCLUSION: An amazing album and if you haven't heard it, then you haven't really lived. Buy it now and also buy the movie.

arcane-beautiful | 5/5 |

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