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Possibly the best Waters effort - ever!!,
This review is from: The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking (Audio CD)
This album finds Waters in somethign of a transitional period - the argumentative final years of Floyd behind him, but still to settl einto life as a solo artist. The album (as with most of his work) has a theme running through it. Waters is a middle aged man who takes up with a beautiful young hitch-hiker, and then move to the country. As always with Roger though, there is a twist - everything turns sour and they split up.
In one way, this can be taken as a simple story, but in other ways it can be seen as an allegory for his experiences with Floyd. It started well, had some surreal moments ('Arabs with Knive and West German Skies' is the prime example), but has an acrimonious split marring the end - much as what occured after the Wall. Musically, he has never been better - most of the album is based on one motif, but each track feels new and fresh, even 20 years on. Lyrically, he is also at the top of his game - 'Take out the dagger/and let's have a stab at a sexual revolution' stands out, and there's even a quote from Winnie the Pooh, and Clapton on lead guitar is far more impressive and translates Water's vision than Dave Gilmour ever managed.
All in all, this is an exceptional album by a musical legend, and should be a staple of most record collections