Tuesday, December 04, 2007

448. Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)

















Track Listing


1. In The Flesh?
2. Thin Ice
3. Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 1
4. Happiest Days Of Our Lives
5. Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 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 Pt. 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. 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

Review

This is a long, long album and a completely anachronistic one at that. What are Pink Floyd thinking still doing their thing while the world has moved on? This is not such a great album, it is overly long, overly self indulgent and just plain pretentious.

Firstly I don't really care for the concept of it, secondly does it really need to be 80 something minutes? There are plenty of good tracks here, but also plenty of filler, the album would have been much better served by a judicious editing. But was going to tell that to Roger Waters. Thankfully they could thank the populous for being as undiscerning as them and so this was extremely successful.

If you compare this to Dark Side of the Moon it looks like a big glass bauble on a fancy dress crown next to the Koh-i-Noor. There is none of the refinement of that album here, it is flashy allright, but just that. Unfortunately there are a handful of really good tracks here which get lost in the concept. Some of the best music by Pink Floyd is here, but is is drowned out by all the filler.

Track Highlights

1. The Trial
2. Comfortably Numb
3. Mother
4. Nobody Home

Final Grade

7/10

Trivia

From Wikipedia:

"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" was the band's only number one single, reaching #1 in both the UK and the US. Around the world, the album produced a number of hit singles for Pink Floyd, including "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)", "Young Lust", "Hey You", "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell". The Wall was the last Pink Floyd album to feature Rick Wright until his return in 1987. During the recording, Roger Waters demanded a great deal of artistic control, which led to tensions. The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and in 2003, Rolling Stone placed it 87th on their 500 greatest albums of all time list.

The Trial (NSFW):

3 comments:

Timbo said...

Perfect fodder for 17 year old school boys. Everybody hates me. Nobody understands me. I know, I was there.

Listening to it with those big old clamshell headphones in the dark.

My friends and I used to be able to "sing" every part of this from start to finish. We found some of the hidden tracks (there's a back tracked line that says you have found the secret message). We spliced the very last words to the very first (it says "Isn't this where we came it")

I still love Comfortably Numb and a couple of other tracks, but haven't listened to it for *cough* *cough* years.

Nearly halfway there! Keep up the good work.

mono said...

7?! you don't know shit about music

Francisco Silva said...

hi mono:

thanks for you delightful comment. This is my fuicking blog and I give whatever fucking grades that I feel like. As you seem to be outraged both for your the love of The Wall (the worse Pink Floyd album of maybe all time) and T hriller by Michael Jackson, I feel more and more comforted in relation to my musical taste.

Now would you kindly fuck off.