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THE WALL

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.05 | 2052 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Built on shifting sand

A disappointing, overlong Waters led monster, or the band's finest hour? Pink Floyd fans themselves are very much divided on it, with many considering it a masterpiece, while others rue the final demise of the Syd Barrett influences.

For me it's the disappointing etc. option. "The Wall" does indeed have some fine moments, but it's ironic that the best is Dave Gilmour's contribution to "Comfortably numb". Waters is far too dominant on the album, which not only makes it somewhat mundane and dull, but also results in a collection which might have made for a far better single LP.

Part of the problem is that Waters has something "important" to say As a result, at times he relegates the music to second place, some distance behind the need to voice his opinions and personal grievances. There are some rare moments of lighter relief; the surprise hit single "Another Brick in the wall part 2" for example.

The album lacks any sense of excitement. It is single paced, with far too many lyrics, and far too few instrumental passages. The story is too obscure to make any real sense, and tends to drift along without any real focus. There are enjoyable passages, but they are few and far between.

When compared to the band's finest hours, "The Wall" is found to be very poorly built.

Ironically, the live album "Is there anybody out there" captures the essence of "The wall" far better than the studio rendition, and is thus the one to go for.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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