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AMUSED TO DEATH

Roger Waters

 

Crossover Prog

3.94 | 272 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Some have said that this is the best Roger Waters album so far. Well, actually, this is rather easy, considering that "Pros & Cons" and "Radio K.A.O.S." were pretty weak.

The man is surrounded by a myriad of guest musicians of whom Jeff Beck is the best known one and he is influencing this work with his skills and talent.

I am not going to cover the concept of this album since fellow colleagues have done it already. So, I have to concentrate on the music only. Hummm?

A definite feel indeed of "The Final Cut" (one of my least favourite Floyd album ever - but actually it was a Waters album that the other musician didn't want to release, nor endorse). "A Perfect Sense" (both parts) is the best example to highlight this aspect.

But I can't be enthusiastic about "What God Wants, Part 1" either: this funky feel leaves me rather cold and indifferent (part II is not of my liking either to be honest, while part III features some superb guitar work).

"The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range" sounds as a glam song from the early middle seventies; gimmicking "Mott The Hoople" or "Bowie" but with less talents. Still, it is one of the good songs from this work.

As "Easy Livin" is telling, the song writing is nothing from the other world, I'm adding that I never have considered Roger as a good vocalist either. And since this is a solo album, no one was telling him to cut some parts from this very long stuff (over seventy minutes. Gosh!).

As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing new here. Just a repetition of old concepts and sounds. Served again on a platter. But the meal is not tasty ("Late Home Tonight", both parts).

In my opinion, this album starts where it could have stopped?"Watching TV" is the first song which reminds me the good old Floyd (which means before the two Rogers extravaganzas). I like the tranquil mood, Roger's whispering, and the delicate background music. The first highlight IMHHO.

The second one takes places with the gorgeous guitar solo during the closing part of "It's A Miracle". Indeed?but thanks to Jeff. The closing and title track is also enjoyable and leads to a three stars rating.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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