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THE WALL

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.05 | 2134 ratings

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frenchie
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4 stars On the animals tour, an incident occured where Roger spat in a fans face, thus making him feel alienated from the great audience that had built up around the bands astonishing career. This alienation was used to build up the amazing double concept album, The Wall. One of pink floyds more experimental pieces but none-the-less there is top pink floyd quality here across both discs.

The Wall is made up of lots of smaller length tracks than the usual pink floyd albums, no epics, suites or side-length tracks here, but the album plays as one flowing track with no gaps between the songs. There are often revisited guitar riffs in songs like "In the Flesh?", "Hey You" and "The Trial" to give the whole album a sort of claustrophobic feel and to help link the songs together. The story may be hard to follow unless you have seen the film but that doesn't matter because as a piece of music this is a solid piece that flows brilliantly and shows off some of the bands best musical work and lyrics.

Unfortunately this was the last album keyboardist Richard Wright would appear on (until his return in 1987) after being layed off by Roger. This in mind, Richard still plays with all his heart and it is a great note to leave off on. Unfortunately nothing after this album was as good as the 60's and 70's floyd. The Wall is perhaps the final masterpiece and the last time the band would work as a full unit.

This is brilliant stuff. Highlights include "Another Brick in the wall (Part Two)" with its attack on education and use of a school choir and impressive guitar solos, "Hey You" with its impressive dark riffage and flowing vocals, "Comfortably Numb" with its inspiring guitar solo and "The Trial" with its dark humour and voice impressionism by Roger. This album is lyrically flawless and easy to listen to baring in mind the length of the album. The only problem is it can be inconsistant at times with songs like "Stop", "The Show Must Go On" and "Bring The Boys Back Home" which are just annoying fillers. Add this album to your collection.

frenchie | 4/5 |

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