13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Roger Waters dominated Pink Floyd on The Wall, but the follow-up was nearly his first solo album. Rick Wright had been fired, studio musicians supplant the band, and even David Gilmour only sings lead on the scabrous rocker "Not Now John." Recorded during the build-up to the Falklands War, Waters' lyrics reflect his personal demons: corruption, societal breakdown, and—looming over everything—his father's death in World War II. But there's compassion in Waters' worldview and a few glimpses of hope amidst the bitterness.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Roger Waters dominated Pink Floyd on The Wall, but the follow-up was nearly his first solo album. Rick Wright had been fired, studio musicians supplant the band, and even David Gilmour only sings lead on the scabrous rocker "Not Now John." Recorded during the build-up to the Falklands War, Waters' lyrics reflect his personal demons: corruption, societal breakdown, and—looming over everything—his father's death in World War II. But there's compassion in Waters' worldview and a few glimpses of hope amidst the bitterness.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

Reckia6 ,

A classy album

I have to say that I was initially very disappointed with this album but it quickly grew on me. The first song I heard from this was 'Not Now John' and I was hoping the rest of the album would be that hard rocking. Well, it's not, sounding more like the sadder and more depressing songs on The Wall, namely side three. Heck, they even use the same string arrangements. Still, this is a powerful album and does contain a number of great songs, like the title track, 'The Fletcher Memorial Home', 'Paranoid Eyes' and of course 'Not Now John'. David Gilmour's guitar solos are very powerful, it's a very emotional album. And I prefer it to the two albums that Pink Floyd did without Roger Waters. Not perfect but highly recommended nonetheless .

Tigerhiker ,

Very Underrated!

Believe it or not, I like this album over The Wall. Its one of my personal favorite Pink Floyd albums, up there next to Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon. Of course, the "bad rap" of this album is that it is an essentially a Roger Water's solo album, so it often gets overlooked from the Pink Floyd cannon, but don't overlook this recording, it is probably one of their underrated albums. The themes are clear and consise, the songs form a coherent concept, and the songs are great Pink Floyd compositions. My personal favorites are The Gunner's Dream and the two song sequence Southhampton Dock and The Final Cut. Even though this is a Roger Water's vehicle, David Gilmore's guitar work is still the driving force behind many of the songs. This album is essential for any Pink Floyd fan.

mwe1984 ,

Great Roger Waters album!

Pink Floyd fans may not be as familiar with this 1983 release as with The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. It's clearly not a team effort as Waters penned almost every track. But download this for the last three amazing tracks alone. "The FInal Cut," "Not Now John," and "Two Sons in the Sunset." Several of these tracks were to appear on The Wall, but couldn't make the FInal Cut apparently...lol. But all three are fantastic.

The title track is in reference to William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar "This was the most unkindest cut of all." The track The Final Cut is truly a lost classic for PF fans. It moves me to tears almost every time as a distraught soldier proclaims, "I never had the nerve to make the final cut..." Beautiful song.

This is definitely an anti-war LP as Water spits out angry lyrics ripping the British government and their betrayal of many British soldiers, including Waters' own father who fought in WWII. These soldiers helped provide the post war dream and the soldier's spirit is evident in the lyrics throughout the LP. Also evident is Waters and his disdain for Margaret Thatcher, or "Maggie," as she is referred to many times.

This album was critically under appreciated and many critics panned it as below the high standards of Pink Floyd. Hogwash. The Final cut is a brilliant, sonically pleasing LP that you will enjoy over and over. A great addition to anyone's digital collection.

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