TITLE: The Final Cut (A Requiem for a Post War Dream by Roger Waters)
YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: #6 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Not Now John (#7 US Mainstream, #30 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Doubtful unless you just play Pink Floyd on repeat.
LINEUP: Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters. Michael Kamen and Andy Bown played most of the keyboards. Others were here and there.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Falkland Island War inspires Waters to re-visit his father’s death and war in general.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This is the Roger Waters Experience, for the most part. Taking some leftover songs from The Wall (yes, there were leftovers), enhancing the story, and then turning to the current (then) state of the world, Waters leads a stripped down Pink Floyd (really Gilmour with Mason on the record here and there) into the depths of melancholy.
This was highly anticipated, and for most people, it was a deeply depressing disappointment. Yes, there are some interesting musical ideas, but Waters arrangements and production re-treads most of the old Pink Floyd tricks of echo and sound effects.
It’s just…too much.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Gilmour really didn’t like the themes of this record and really didn’t want the leftover songs to be used. But he really didn’t have a lot of ideas, he admitted later.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, in a sense. “When the Tigers Broke Free” (#39 UK) was a single that was part of The Wall movie soundtrack, and it was added into the record as track four in the 2000’s.
GRADE C: I really can’t take this unrelenting bleakness. EXILED all but “Not Now John”