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Pink Floyd


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.19 | 1959 ratings

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2 stars The Final Cut loses Richard Wright and as the albums after this have proved, pink floyd are no good unless they are a full unit. This album is barely a pink floyd album but morely a Roger Waters solo album. There are no vocal contribuitons from gilmour and him and nick barely get a look in here. It is all Roger till about track 8 when you finally start to release that dave and nick are on this album.

Some say that this was meant to be the third disc too the wall but i'm bloody glad it wasn't. The Story would have gone the wall. Imagine after they tear down the wall and convict pink in the trial, the story then carried on to a rant about the war. It just wouldn't fit and would have dragged the wall down so much. Also the film would have had an extra hour tagged onto it of complete nonsense.

The lyrics here are very meaningful but for a pink floyd album it was exectuted terribly. It is interesting to see a more symphonic approach with the inclusion of Michael Kamen but this is a shoddy follow up to the wall. Rogers singing has become much poorer and every bit of music here is too far under par to compete with any of the 60s and 70s album. It follows a similar concept to the wall but it feels like an embaressment to go from the wall to this! Each track sounds vaguely similar and there aren't many progressions and its patchy in so many areas. It is very upsetting and should not have been a Pink Floyd album but a Roger Waters album. He has tried hard but let down the band here.

There are only 3 good inputs by david gilmour on this album in the solos to "the fletcher memorial home", "the final cut" and "Not Now John" but these efforts are barely up to his usual standards. There is a nice piano intro to "The Gunner's Dream" but the fact that it is not played by richard wright is upsetting. I guess if Roger had stayed on we would have seen another album like this which was even worse.

Avoid this like the plague.

frenchie | 2/5 |


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