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Another Change of Direction,
This review is from: The Final Cut: Remastered (Audio CD)First things first, this is more or less about the lyrics than Rick Wright zooming around on keyboards. It is easy to be disappointed by this album if you're expecting it to be in the same vein as 'Wish You Were Here'. If you liked the lyrics to 'The Wall' more than the music then you will probably like this.
The album's theme of anti-war protest is much more focused than the many themes of 'The Wall' album and is better for it. The album's songs remain very emotional throughout and the quality is always high, a sign of a good album surely.
There are some songs that sound like whole band compositions rather than Roger Water's solo work however, 'Not Now John' features Gilmour on vocals and stands out from the rest, however this makes it seem like the ugly duckling if you happen to enjoy the rest of the album and so damages the album as much as it helps it. 'Paranoid Eyes' is a track mainly made up sound effects and vocals and works surprisingly well, provides a pleasant break from the more emotional songs on the album, not that the track is much of a joker itself.
The sound effects throughout are superb and put some of the effects heard on 'The Wall' to shame, the clarity of the sound effects also adds greatly to the emotion of the album.
Dave Gilmour's guitar solos remain intact and while they are not to the level of 'Comofortably Numb' or 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' they do their job well as a break from water's voice while still keeping the mood. Water's vocals are the better than any Pink Floyd album and are very moving coupled with his lyrics.
If you enjoyed the lyrics on 'Animals' and 'The Wall' as much as or more than the music then this album is a very worthy purchase. However if you have never ventured inside an inlay booklet for the lyrics or have never been too inspired by water's lyrics then you may want to think twice before buying this album. Finally, if you are just starting with Pink Floyd then I suggest 'Dark Side Of The Moon' as it seems much more accessible than this album.