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THE WALL

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.05 | 2054 ratings

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thehallway
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4 stars The Wall is an experience. It is theatrical and operatic. And so, much like a film or play, the 'experience' of The Wall is most intense while actually listening to it, but fades away quickly after it's over. This is why one could rate The Wall with five stars immediately after sitting through it, but the next day only give it three or four. Of course everyone remembers good parts of an album, and indeed bad parts, but it IS difficult to criticise such a narrative when you're mid-way through it. The Wall is heightened by it's tape effects, characters, production, themes, and a whole bunch of other luxuries on stage. The raw music itself, pre-decoration, is actually not so great. It's hard, dark and powerful, but often mediocre and repetitive (sure, some themes are repeated as part of the story for effect, but this is taken advantage of).

Waters' proves with The Wall, that he is an imaginative and incredible lyricist. But musically, I miss Gilmour (I miss Wright even more; his contributions have been minimal since 'Dark Side'). The shining moments on this album all happen to be David's guitar solos. And whilst I dig the storyline to The Wall, that music-lyric balance is not present. The narrative is prioritised. Therefore, I could never give the album the same rating I gave 'DSOTM' because that album preserves the essential formula. The Wall has an unforgettable story, but forgettable music. It's more like a great book [/film] than a great album.

thehallway | 4/5 |

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