Pink Floyd - The Wall

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The Wall is the most cinematic experience ever committed to an album — and also one of the darkest. The dream of being a rock star is mercilessly shattered as the once-charming Pink becomes a raving monster, consumed by his insecurities and the alienation of excess. Amidst sing-a-long rock tracks, mood pieces, and sound effects, the record’s complex narrative bounces between flashbacks and nightmares with an unreliable narrator at the center. In different hands, the concept would’ve proven too lofty and amorphous to succeed, but Floyd, at the height of their success, forged an album and stage show the likes of which none have matched since.
The record was fueled by Waters’ personal torments as well as the tragedy of Syd Barrett’s burn out. Rather than being burdened by the semi-autobiographical austerity, The Wall becomes more relatable even as the protagonist struggles with crippling emotional distance. Rebelling against school, struggling with an overbearing mother, living in the shadow of a dead father, and even emasculation, Waters channeled a generation of British youth looking for meaning in the excess of the modern age and in a culture famous for bottling up its emotions.
With The Wall, we see the height of Water’s creative tenure directing Pink Floyd. Even with the partial departure of Wright, the record is still definitively cut from the band’s sonic cloth. From the heart-wrenching confessions of “Comfortably Numb”, to the inappropriately uplifting chords of “Run Like Hell”, and the eerie tranquility of “Goodbye Blue Skies”, the songwriting is razor sharp and the auditory spectacle is as impressive as the day it debuted. The Wall brings narrative concept records to an emotional and theatrical pinnacle. It’s a visceral ride, but one that rewards with each successive listen.

Track Listing
1. In The Flesh?
2. The Thin Ice
3. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 1)
4. The Happiest Days of our Lives
5. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
6. Mother
7. Goodbye Blue Sky
8. Empty Spaces
9. Young Lust
10. One of My Turns
11. Don't Leave Me Now
12. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 3)
13. Goodbye Cruel World
14. Hey You
15. Is There Anybody Out There?
16. Nobody Home
17. Vera
18. Bring the Boys Back Home
19. Comfortably Numb
20. The Show Must Go On
21. In The Flesh
22. Run Like Hell
23. Waiting for the Worms
24. Stop
25. The Trial
26. Outside the Wall

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changeling

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I will be severely whipped here, but for me, The Wall is simply another PF album without any sign of what made them famous (underground-wise of course) , that is, psychedelia.
The only song I can digest is Comfortably Numb.
Ahhhhhhhh Syd where were you when Floyd made The Wall ? Syd would never ever have approved of such an album.
Never.
 
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Pink Floyd were fully controled by Roger Waters by this time. The wall has it's fanatic following but I agree, apart from a few tracks, the wall is tough to endure in it's entirety. Apart from comortably numb, Mother is an absolute classic track IMO.

They went even further down the Waters route with the next album, Final Cut which apart from the last two tracks is pretty crap and ultimately led to Rogers Gilmore falling out and Waters departure from the band.

 
changeling

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Pink Floyd were fully controled by Roger Waters by this time. The wall has it's fanatic following but I agree, apart from a few tracks, the wall is tough to endure in it's entirety. Apart from comortably numb, Mother is an absolute classic track IMO.

They went even further down the Waters route with the next album, Final Cut which apart from the last two tracks is pretty crap and ultimately led to Rogers Gilmore falling out and Waters departure from the band.

I agree to agree.
 
changeling

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If I were PF as a whole, I would have let other young popier bands make The Wall :).
Floyd didn't need to make such a 'commercial' album, just like Queen didn't need to make Radio Gaga.
 
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We cannot ignore the fact that they were instrumental in popularizing the concept album for mass rock audiences.
 
changeling

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We cannot ignore the fact that they were instrumental in popularizing the concept album for mass rock audiences.
True, but in my opinion, they shouldn't have wimped out on their hardline fans.
 
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