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THE WALL

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.08 | 2783 ratings

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zaxx
2 stars "The Wall" is almost a solo album from Roger Waters. It's rather disappointing after the great "Dark side of the moon" and "Wish you were here". Not many great songs - too many fillers and too many dull songs.

First, no "When the Tigers Broke Free" ... Disc I starts with "In The Flesh ?", a correct intro. The Another Brick In The Wall (Part I)/The Happiest Days Of Our Lives/Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) sequence is really rocking - one of the best part of the album. Then 5 minutes of sleepy music with "Mother"... "Goodbye Blue Sky" starts another trilogy of good songs - great acoustic song, very emotional, fading into "Empty Spaces" - a song that creates the atmosphere for the following rocker "Young Lust". Here is the only input from another member of the band (Gilmour), and guess what... it's the best song of the album (this one got a lot of airplay on rock/hard rock radios, maybe as much as "Another Brick In The Wall"). Usually I stop listening at that point, because the last four songs on the album are very boring and I would instantly fall asleep.

Disc II starts with the beautiful "Hey You" - so melancholic and tortured - a pure gem. "Is There Anybody Out There ?" is another classic acoustic piece - one of those you can learn when you take guitar lessons. At this point I encourage everybody to skip the following three tracks (dull fillers) and jump directly to "Comfortably Numb": another collaboration from Waters and Gilmour and another outstanding track (the live version on "Delicate Sound of Thunder" is even darker - a pure masterpiece). After *another* filler, "In The Flesh" starts a sequence of more rocking songs (though it's disappointing to have two versions of the same song on an album) with "Run Like Hell" and "Waiting For The Worms" (a funny song but a good one). "The Trial" would have been a great song to close the album - it's totally silly and it makes the atmosphere at the end of the album more lighter, but there is again another boring filler...(I guess the last song is ok for "The Wall - the Movie" during the display of the ending credits)

Rating: 72/100 (disc 1 - 3 stars) + 59/100 (disc 2 - 1 star)

zaxx | 2/5 |

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