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AMUSED TO DEATH

Roger Waters

 

Crossover Prog

3.94 | 301 ratings

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arcane-beautiful
4 stars After a series of not the best of solo alumbs, Roger went back to his roots, and decided to make an album that I feel is the closest to The Wall that Roger will ever perfect.

This album is another concept album, based on the idea of a monkey watching the news on t.v. and pondering the decisions of human beings (I do this all the time, we really have amused ourselves to death.)

This album also contains some interesting musicians, e.g. Jeff Beck, Randy Jackson (that black guy that judges on American Idol and was bass player of Journey for like 5 minutes) & Flea (although his performance was cut out, sadly cause he's a pretty good bass player).

An amazing album that is very underlooked. This also matches whatever Pink Floyd were trying to do (although I do love The Division Bell).

1. The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard - Very Shine On You Crazy Diamonds. Amazing guitar solo from Jeff Beck. I never really cared for Jeff Beck (mainly because he's Slash' favourite guitarist, and I hate Slash), but this album has made me see him for an amazing guitar player. The voice clips add to the atmosphere. I like the way it ends abpruptly.

2. What God Wants, Part I - Very interesting lyrics.Sounds like late Pink Floyd.

3. Perfect Sense, Part I - I like the intro of this song. Quite beautiful piano intro. Roger's vocals are very eerie with a very whispery tone. Great lyrics. The female vocals are amazing and the way the chord sequence flows is amazing.

4. Perfect Sense, Part II - Very ballad like & quite epic. I like the way he justaposes war and football (their both useless and futile basically).

5. The Bravery Of Being Out Of Range - Very In The Flesh. Great chorus. Now this is the Roger Waters that I love.

6. Late Home Tonight, Part I - Very Wall like with great instrumentation. I like the chanting at the end of the song. The bomb sound is quite suprising.

7. Late Home Tonight, Part II - Great ambient like intro. Some great orchestration arranged by the late great Michael Kamen. Very much like When The Tigers Broke Free.

8. Too Much Rope - The sound effects and orchestration at the start are very eerie. It reminds me of The Thin Ice. Great lyrics. Interesting vocals from Roger.

9. What God Wants, Part II - I like how the main theme is brought back. The gang vocals are very reminiscent of The Wall.

10. What God Wants, Part III - The sonar sound is obviously taken from Echoes. Another amazing guitar solo from Jeff Beck.

11. Watching TV - Great lyrics. I love how the song dramatically changes in the middle. Great lyrics, very comical & dark. The best song on the album in my opinion.

12. 3 Wishes - I like the weird quite intro. Another dark and comical song. I love the dark atmosphere that surrounds the song.

13. It's A Miracle - Love the lyrics in the song. Very funny, even though this song is quite sombre. I love the comical stabs at Andrew Llloyd Webber (for those who don't know, the riff in Phantom Of The Opera was stolen from Echoes). The ending is very eerie with the fading choir.

14. Amused To Death - The intro is very drony. A nice calm way to end the album. Roger's whispery voice adds to the calm atmosphere of the song.

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |

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