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The Music Years - 1983

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Pink Floyd - The Final Cut - 6

The Post War Dream/Your Possible Pasts/One of the Few/The Hero's Return/The Gunner's Dream/Paranoid Eyes/Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert/The Fletcher Memorial Home/Southampton Dock/The Final Cut/Not Now John/Two Suns in the Sunset.

A band in serious break-up mode and you can see why by listening to The Final Cut with its ant-war sentiments, something that was becoming an obsession with Roger Waters who announced his departure from the band after the release of an album that caused further friction between himself and Dave Gilmour. This comes over very much as a Waters' solo album. He wrote the songs and sang them himself with just a small amount of help from Gilmour. It is not really a Floyd album in the pure sense of the word. There are few Floyd style pieces and little of the mesmerising guitar work and originality of albums such as Meddle and Atom Heart Mother. Having said that it certainly isn't a bad album. There is enough of interest to keep it reasonably fresh although by the end it can induce a feeling of slight disenchantment with the band and the message being banged out throughout. Waters had something to say. Whether a vehicle as high profile as Floyd was the right place to say it is another matter. Due to the subject matter of the songs, they tend to blend into one another. As already stated the band was falling apart with Rick Wright already absent. Essentially the lyrics on this are as important as the music but the songs don't work as stand alone pieces but together do have a strange thematic feel. This is not an album to be taken lightly and it certainly isn't background music.