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This review is from: AMUSED TO DEATH (Audio CD)I consider myself a Pink Floyd fan and was disappointed at their demise. But this album and the Division Bell shows who drove what aspects of Floyds works.
Whereas Division Bell sounds like a shallow echo of former Floyd mastery, Amused To Death is deep and huge.
Roger Waters is again condeming war, the war mongers and the shallow artifice we live in but in monumental fashion. With an even keener sense of irony than usual this album is emotive, poignant and stunning. Once on, I can't stop or pause this album. You get on for the whole ride.
Beginning and ending with the recounted tale of eighty years of pain and remorse at having to abandon a comrade (Bill Hubbard) in the WWI trenches, this album moves coherently through the contemporary attitudes to modern warfare, the spin and news coverage of it and the casual acceptance, even excitement, by the populace of such wars to the comfy, complacent western lifestyle to the ironic analysis of humanities demise.
There are some great humourous lines tucked in like Andrew Lloyd Webber breaking his fingers and the reference to the old joke about Jesus being able to see Peters house from the crucifix.
I have often wondered what Lloyd Webber would think of this album because I think it could easily translate into a West End show. A large West End production might do it better justice than a Floyd-type stage show (however impressive that would be).
Is Roger Waters morbid? Maybe. Has he produced a masterpiece? Definitely. This should be in everyones collection. If you haven't got it yet, you're missing out. Get it.
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Def Jef says:
You can have mine when I can wrestle the little bugger out of my CD player for the final time.
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