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The Final Cut [CASSETTE] Import
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By the time I first purchased The Final Cut when it was first released, I already owned the entire back catalogue including all the solo stuff by all the members.
I was seventeen at the time and spent hours and hours listening to albums through my headphones. From the first time I played the album I was utterly transfixed by the compositional brilliance of all involved. Although Roger dominates every aspect of all he touches, David Gilmours contribution - brief as it is - is wonderfully judged.
The production is faultless, from the strained and bitter screams to the barely audile whispers that encircle your head to the beautifully interspersed sound effects; every moment on the album is achingly involving.
Many reviews comment on the "gloomy" and "negative" nature of the album. I've always viewed this as a work of enormous naked passion which ultimately tells of his terrible loss. As sad as it is, it is also a thing of great beauty.
One last word: there exists somewhere a video of four tracks from the album with Roger singing whilst hidden in shadow. Utterly brilliant. I only ever viewed it once but i can still remember the tingle that crept down my back. Wonderful.
With all this in mind, it was a complete miracle, that anything of quality (or anything at all) was released after the world dominating "The Wall".Read more ›
I came across this album 14 years ago, during my obsessive search for all things Floyd (there was a point where i listened to nothing else for 18 months), and instantly clicked.
Most of the reviews on here (even the negative ones) capture some of the essence of this album. 'harsh in places... but it's truly, truly beautiful!' is a good summary to me of this album.
Yes, given the state of Floyd as a 'group' it is easy to dismiss this as only Waters album - his ego, and determination to define Floyd purely in terms of 'his genius' is undeniably seen here. However, there are blasts of Gilmour which penetrate so deeply into the 'Floyd Soul', that you'll instantly know the difference between this and 'Pros & Cons'.
Also, you will notice is that the 'creative psychedelia' of previous albums is missing. It has a completely different vibe to Dark Side & Wish You Were Here.... but if you are into 'The Wall', then it seems to be a 'logical' extension to Water's frame of mind that started with 'Animals' and finished (musically - listen to Radio K.A.O.S to confirm) with 'Pro's and Cons'.
I don't think that 'When The Tigers Broke Free' belongs on this album. It belonged on 'The Wall' and this, although perhaps conceptually (in Water's mind) is appropriate in 'The Final Cut', watch 'The Wall' film and you'll see where it should be.
Bottom line is that Waters doesn't appear to have reconciled his anger at losing his Dad in WWII.
'I would only recommend it to die hard Pink Floyd or Roger Waters fans' is probably good advice. If you liked 'The Wall',chances are you'll grow to like this. If you're looking for the Floyd magic that Dark Side and Wish You Were Here brought you - avoid.Read more ›
OK, the band were imploding at the time they recorded it, but I think that has had an added effect on the music, in other words, this is incredibly disillusioned, angry, sad and cynical stuff. With references to the Great Beast Thatcher and the Falklands, shipyards closing and the IRA, this is clearly the work of people (or persons, namely R. Waters) who have lost faith in just about everything.
But this lack of faith is what makes the album incredibly affecting - I would go so far as to say that it is one of the most moving records ever made by a rock band. This is almost as far as it goes. Utter, total contempt for our rotten society, summed up perfectly in The Fletcher Memorial Home, a song which doesn't seem too far removed from Spitting Image or The Comic Strip presents. I particularly like the line 'Did they expect us to treat them with any respect?'
Enough of my fervour. Listen to this and make up your own mind. For me, it's been a landmark these last 25 years. And I think it will continue to be so. Floyd may hate it, but I don't think they realise what a beast - and a wise beast at that - they created with this magnificent album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I understand Waters had to make this album but he should of done it solo. The album is a dedication to his father, who died in the war when Waters was a child.Published 12 days ago by Mr. E. A. Dobson
If listening to this album with headphones on and eyes closed doesn't put a lump in your throat, you may well be missing a vital part of your soul :-( .Published 4 months ago by Fender32
Brilliant album. My only gripe is that, as much as I like it, "when the tigers broke free" doesn't seem to fit. Maybe because it wasn't on the original album.Published 5 months ago by ian