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THE WALL

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.05 | 2018 ratings

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Dayvenkirq
3 stars 4.5, actually.

I personally recognize this double effort to be a socially important work. It's a crooked story of isolation and insensitivity from the protagonist and the people around him. As far as I can see, such passive attitudes are reactions to the passive attitudes of others. There are lots of things that are unsaid in the "book", but they have to be concluded for them to be perceived. Also, I find it very odd that "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" receives more acclaim from critics and regular listeners alike than "The Wall". Both stories are long, bizarre, and half-baked. In the former you have a New York punk Rael, who is on a weird journey with a goal of finding his true identity while facing up to different strange creatures. In the latter you have a young man Pink undergoing a string of trials and tribulations of life, building up a wall as a defensive reaction to the effects of reality. Next thing you know, this story is repeated with another young man. Also, the artwork of "The Wall" has some obstacles of its own for Pink, which is very reminiscent of "The Lamb".

Honestly, I'm interested in the story of "The Wall" just as much as I am interested in the music. For instance, 'One of My Turns' and 'Don't Leave Me Now' are my personal biggest favorites on here. Also, there are plenty of other grim rockers on the album. 'Is There Anybody Out There?' is one of the first songs that I've learned to play on the acoustic guitar. In addition to that, I love the vocal work of both the choir and Roger Waters on 'Outside the Wall', which makes this song another one of my biggest favorites.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

----------- Disc 1:

1. 'In the Flesh?' - ****

2. 'The Thin Ice' - ****

3. 'Another Brick in the Wall, pt. 1' - ****

4. 'The Happiest Days of our Lives' - ****

5. 'Another Brick in the Wall, pt. 2' - ** (Excessive airplay is only one part of the problem. Having the melodies not working for me is another part of it. Also, I've never been abused by a teacher, nor have I ever rejected the importance of education.)

6. 'Mother' - ***

7. 'Goodbye Blue Sky' - ****

8. 'Empty Spaces' - ****

9. 'Young Lust' - ****

10. 'One of My Turns' - *****

11. 'Don't Leave Me Now' - *****

12. 'Another Brick in the Wall, pt. 3' - ***

13. 'Goodbye Cruel World' - ***

----------- Disc 2:

1. 'Hey You' - ****

2. 'Is There Anybody Out There?' - ****

3. 'Nobody Home' - ****

4. 'Vera' - ****

5. 'Bring the Boys Back Home' - ** (Don't you just love it when the person knocking on your door is the last person you want to see?)

6. 'Comfortably Numb' - ****

7. 'The Show Must Go On' - ****

8. 'In the Flesh' - ****

9. 'Run Like Hell' - ****

10. 'Waiting for the Worms' - *** (It's too repetitive for me, which means that I doubt the potential of what's being repeated.)

11. 'Stop' - ** (Well, I like the piano accompaniment.)

12. 'The Trial' - ***

13. 'Outside the Wall' - *****

Stamp: "I like it" (not "Highly recommended" since this album has such a dubious reputation.)

Dayvenkirq | 3/5 |

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