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THE WALL

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.05 | 2027 ratings

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voliveira
5 stars I'm just another brick in the wall?

(Or the story of how a hit song introduced a whole new world for a boy)

Well, I really do not know what to say sonbre this album (well I've tried, but I think now it will get better). All I can say is one of my favorites of all time. I mean, I always liked him, but these days I was listening to it again and thought to myself:hey, I like this album more than I thought! That's why I decided to redesign my review, so you can get an idea of how much I like him.

My relationship with The Wall

I think the reason I like both The Wall is that this album is the first progressive rock song that I heard in my life: yes, she, her big hit Another Brick in the Wall. I was just a boy of about 3 or 4 years old at the time, but the memory is very vivid - I was on a tour, and I heard this song. Even at that time I had no idea what it was, today I credit this song to my entrance into the world of progressive rock (which has consolidated a few years later).

However, I've only heard The Wall by a full 10 years later, and that's where my love for this album was consolidated. Today I see as an incredibly underrated masterpiece here on the site (and later I'll tell you why) and it is my second favorite album of Pink Floyd (tied with Animals) , just behind Dark Side of the Moon.

The story of the album

The origin of The Wall is identified in one of the shows of the Animals tour in Montreal in 1977 where he spat on a fan whose behavior was disturbing. Horrified by his own act, he thought of the idea of ​​creating a wall that separated the fans, and the rest is history. Hence was born the concept most famous of all time.

Lyrically the album deals with the story of Pink, a young oppressed by society, alienated by their own ill-fated existence. During a hallucination he fancies himself a sort of fascist dictator creates a wall that will isolate your mind the rest of society.

The lyrics are deeply autobiographical, as if Waters tried to exorcise his own demons. Furthermore they are very critical about the society of that time (and like Dark Side... stay current, unfortunately).

The pros and cons of The Wall

Musically, the album is impeccable. The characteristics of the typical minimalist Pink Floyd still holds, but the album is more bombastic, hard and theatrical than anything the band has created, apart from being a work in his discography. And wow, that work.

It is difficult to pinpoint a highlight in The Wall, as almost all the songs surprise me. I'll fight my desire to describe track by track, for in the stretch miha review, but definitely some of the songs on this album are among my favorite ever.

However there is a problem with this album. And his name is Roger Waters.

The brain behind the creation and composition of the Wall was already showing signs of arrogance in his previous album, but here he was at the limit. so much so that Richard Wright was fired! Ironically, having returned to the studios as a musician he was paid the one to profit from the tour of the album, which went bankrupt Pink Floyd.

Moreover Waters is not a singer. And unfortunately it is he who sings most of the album, relegating David Gilmour (whose voice I always admired) the guitar (which he performs with great skill). Several times his voice sounds like Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, even though that is infinitely better.

Finally ...

Well, after all these considerations can not deny the quality of The Wall, even though the album has its many weak moments. I really wanted to understand why this album currently has a score of "only" 4.03 here in PA, when in my opinion he deserves more. But ... is life, and as I keep enjoying this album is all that matters.

5 stars!

voliveira | 5/5 |

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