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The Wall = What happens when one ego / influence takes over a band....,
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This review is from: The Wall [Experience Edition] (Audio CD)
To my ears The Wall is a bit of a rambling and unfocused mess - a hotch-potch of ideas that don't quite work. For that reason it never really hits the highs of DSOTM or WYWH.
I'm not interested in taking sides in the Waters / Gilmour battle, but for me if it wasn't for Mr Gilmour's two relatively straight to point songs (Comfortably Numb + Run Like Hell) the album would be even more unfocussed than I feel it already is.
However you can't ignore some of Roger's moments of brilliance on the album. But I feel it's a shame that his total input was not more focussed for the good of the project. Perhaps his influence was simply to great at that point, choking all others off... who knows.
So there is enough greatness floating around to earn a 4 star award - but only just IMHO.
I think that disk 3 on the Experience edition is actually a lot more interesting than the main album. Some really nice moments of extended songs that allows the rhythm and melodies to develop far more than the finished versions. By the time you get to programme 3 you are hearing some great grooves. Shame these did not make it to the final cut of The Wall.