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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:41 pm 
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have to say i'm liking it very much .. on first listen i wasn't so sure but it's crept up on me and i play it every day at the moment..

it's got a lot of comforting familiarity about it .. shades of the wall .. the final cut .. animals ..
and the immediate intro harks back to the intro of dark side of the moon / pros and cons..
a well balanced album too i think..
the mastering i'm not too sure about though .. ..
i have the flac on my ipod and play at full volume .. unlike previous waters releases this one splits the ears when hitting those cresendo moments .. sadly ..
i would love to hear it remastered in a gentler way..
and rogers getting old now and hearing him straining on some of the vocals is .. well only human i guess.

as for the theme lyrically .. well it's war and politics as per usual .. i couldn't imagine roger singing about anything else and i'm comfortable with that ..
given that he has been touring the wall for an eternity now it's good to hear this new album ..
... hes doing a massive tour of the US with it at the moment.. hopefully if he plays the UK next year i will be forking out the hefty ticket price to go see him for sure.. ..

ps .. oops i just posted in the wrong forum .. this was for any other business lol


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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on Roger Waters new album - Is This The Life We
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I quite like the album and know exactly what you mean regarding comforting familiarity. The problem now is that the more I listen to it I can hear almost exact copies of song segments from both his solo work and Floyd, especially animals. It almost seems that he has forgotten what he has written previously and thinks that they are new songs. The lyrics are as you say exactly what you would expect from Roger Waters and I also agree that the mastering is not good. I haven't checked the running time but it seems to repeat very quickly when playing in the car.


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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on Roger Waters new album - Is This The Life We
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[ so much for tapatalk and beer mixed ! ]

given the time elapsed I was predicting a nostalgic throwback of sorts, holding anticipation, as Gilmour and Mason have finally called it quits making Lps.
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Ok so just returned from listening to some MP3 and read that Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich was behind the glass, which explains the sound which for me didn't sound all that bad, so the CD I'm hoping will suffice. thought it is strong material and yes this sounds like Pink Floyd even more so than anything the post-Waters Pink Floyd created, apart from Gilmour's trademark-guitar work being absent. That's okay with me though as I am pretty bored with Gilmour-style guitar at this point now so I can appreciate the subtlety.
Going out tomorrow and pick up the CD.

'comforting ' seems the perfect word for the humanity of Waters' musical genius, which hasn't dimmed in the least.
I've only heard it on 160 kbps (though several times now) and already I suspect this one is and will always remain Roger's best work

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 Post subject: Re: Thoughts on Roger Waters new album - Is This The Life We
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also I notice it seems to be a headphones album ~ the difference listening to it with loudspeakers is surprising , for me it loses some of its Pink Floyd-ness without the cups.

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Some of RW's [ expressed ] ideology is fucked, but musically he is nearly unsurpassed as a creative genius.
The track "Wait For Her " is positively haunting ~ Waters at his best. Im very happy he made this Lp.

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