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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2017)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B06Y4BX6FS
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(File: PINK FLOYD) 2017 studio album, first of new rock material since 1992's 'Amused To Death'. Produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney etc.) & featuring Jonathan Wilson. "an unflinching commentary on the modern world"

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Taking into consideration RW's age I didn't expect Pro's and Con's or Amused to Death, with this in mind I listened several times. Yes I liked it certainly not his best work but worth the tenner I spent compared to some of the dross available today. As with most RW's lyrics they are unique and deep his view of the ever changing world we live in put to music, can't be bad.
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I received the order, everything is fine, I'm very happy. Thank you!
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With flavours of Amused to Death, Wish You Were Here and Animals in the background!
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His best post-Pink album. As usual lyrically the mood is bleak anger but this time he has collaborators who shape his raw material into a series of songs that hang together as a whole. This could easily be a PF album.
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Nothing short of incredible. I love this album. It boils,simmers, twists and turns with gut wrenching raw emotion. Not a rehash of previous floyd soundscapes but a complete evolution of the wall, animals and solo work. Anything wrong in the world, any injustice? Roger has it covered. It's not just the lyrics, the synthesisers and bass, the intricate phases and pace simply make this an album you can't stop listening to. It will have you in tears.

Probably best avoided by those alt right types and anyone who enjoys the daily mail (you're days are numbered). The resistance to all that is wrong has clearly been awoken with this intelligent, witty and superbly produced album.
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Brilliant,
cant understand those that have given this album a one star rating, its easily as good as any of his other albums, but everyone has there own opinion I guess , this album will grow on you the more you play it, so, if you are a big Waters fan and wasn't to impressed with the first hearing I suggest you keep playing it, yeh some of the tracks do sound familiar, well of course they would, I wasn't expecting anything much different, what is there different for him to do , he has done it all,
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I have to confess, I listened to this album all the way through the first time and thought 'what the hell was that?' I honestly didn't get it at all. Further listens have turned this into, possibly, my favourite album of the year so far.

To get the obvious out of the way, yes there is a lot of anger and misery on this album. That's just Roger Waters for you. Yes, the sound is familiar and, to be fair, if that is gonna get boring for you, then you may not particularly enjoy this album. However, for me this brought out some aspects of Waters' writing that surprised me.

There is, of course, a general theme of dissatisfaction, and a lot about war. Sound effects are spread liberally throughout and he even ventures dangerously close to spoken word on the title track. Songs like 'Bird in a Gale' and 'Smell the Roses' are great rock numbers and bring out the sharp, biting anger I've come to expect from Waters. That being said, the most surprising track for me was 'The Last Refugee'. Roger approaches a difficult topic from (so far as I can tell) the perspective of a lover and a parent. I'm someone who gets quite emotionally involved with the music I listen to and I'm not ashamed to say I have cried several times listening to this song. Lyrically, it is soft and tender in a way we don't hear much from Waters.

Similarly, the closing three tracks (though 'Oceans Apart' is more of a link between tracks) are wonderfully moving and honest. Roger's vocals throughout carry so much emotion and power. To me, these are up there with the best songs he has ever written.

There's dark humour as well, such as Roger having a discussion with himself about whether ants can be blamed for the state of the world today.
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Roger has done it again. Just as enjoyable as The Final Cut and Amused To Death, another wonderful balance of political statement, beautifully orchestrated backing and a pretty decent voice for his tender age.
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