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THE FINAL CUT

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.19 | 1805 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars The Final Cut : The Final Waters.

Almost 25 years together... The last six being particularly difficult to live for the other three members of the band. So, Wright left the band unexpectedly; Mason was even replaced for some tracks (i.e. "Two Suns in the Sunset").

Let's be honest. This is not a good album. The poorest since "Obscured" in 1972 IMO. This album has the same mood as "The Wall". Its first chosen name was "Spare Bricks". It is an uninspired effort.

Only a few good songs, namely "Post War Dream", "The Gunner's Dream" which sounds more as a track from the DSOTM period with great sax playing, "Not Now John" is a clone of "Another brick" Part II, and finally "Two Suns in the Sunset". By no means, they are Floyd's classic of course. The title track is not bad either.

All the other tracks are sub-par for the Floyd (but again, this is more a Waters project than a Floyd's one). It will reach Nr. one in the UK and Nr. six in the US.

The atmosphere within the band is dreadful. To illustrate this, I would use some quotes to describe how it was.

Nick : "It was really Roger's solo album. The rest of us just sort of drifted into it." David : "It reached the point that I just had to say "If you need a guitar player, give me a call and I'll come and do it."

"If someone couldn't get enough of his vision on the table to convince the rest of us, it would have been dropped. "The Wall" album, which started off unlistenable and turned into a great piece, was the last album with this spirit of compromise. With The Final Cut, Waters became impossible to deal with."

Roger : "You can hear the mad tension running through it all and, that the making of TFC was absolute misery and a horrible time." "Well, there are those who contend it's not over, of course. But making The Final Cut was misery. We didn't work together at all. I had to do it more or less single-handed, working with Michael Kamen, my co-producer".

David : "I always made it absolutely clear to Roger that I liked being a Floyd member and had every intention of remaining one. Make no bones about it, WE would carry on."

Roger (textually) :"You'll never f.ck..g do it..."

ZowieZiggy : "You were completely wrong Roger !"

Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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