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.