By Fez 2000
At first, I was a little unsure of what I thought of this album. I thought musically, it doesn't match up to any of Waters' past albums and I didn't enjoy listening to it as much as them. However, as I continued to listen to the songs and get to know them, I quite quickly gathered that the musical side of the album plays nowhere near as big a part as the lyrical side to it. I now believe that the the music is just a compliment to allow Waters to convey his ideas in song. And it is done so perfectly, the way that the music in most songs is so understated, it allows us to really hear what he wants us to hear, his brilliant lyrics. It's so well written, the way the metaphorical and political aspects of the album do really make you wonder at the end of listening - Is This The Life We Really Want?
If you care about the state of the world...listen to this
I have been obessing about 'The Wall' recently. Can't get enough of it. So I looked at the iTunes store and noticed this album. The album cover is brilliant. It immediately takes you to where your mind should be in listening to the album for the first time. I have long held the conviction that Mr George Roger Waters is a prophet of our time and has confirmed that belief in his new album. It hits the spot sublimely. I have downloaded all the lyrics to the songs and am trying to memorise them! I have no doubt that they will be repeated in snippets of news for years to come. Thank you Mr Rogers for creating this masterpiece.
More Relevant Than Ever
By The Blade Runner
In an era that has speedily ushered in Donald Trump and the apparent demise of liberal, caring society Roger Waters steps out, as beautifully raw as he ever was and suddenly more relevant than ever.
An album of anger, beauty, paranoia and quiet contemplation 'Is This The Life We Really Want?' feels both fresh and wonderfully familiar.
As a huge Pink Floyd fan I've clearly been in denial about how much I miss Roger Waters. Listening to this has led to much replaying of 'The Final Cut' and 'The Wall'. It's in a similar ballpark, especially of the former, and up there with them both.
Not to be missed. It might even unleash the younger, more principled version of you...
Miles apart from anything else heard out there today
By Graeme Edwards
Waters has delivered a stunning follow-up to Amused To Death, and again shows the mainstream crap-artists how to make an album. This record has some lovely Floyd-esq moments that only Waters could have made.
By UK Bloke
Now I'm a huge Roger Waters fan and was very excited to get his new album, now I've listened to it 5/6 times I am just not getting it.
Rogers voice sounds old, I know he's getting on a bit now but it's starting to come across in his voice.
It’s a very chilled album, I prefer his rockier stuff, too much use of the ‘F’ word meaning I can’t listen to this with my family in the room or in the car, the only place I can listen is using head phones at work.
The lyrics are a bit cliché and not very inspiring, there are barking dogs and lots of chord progressions right off the Animals and Final Cut albums.
Unfortunatley this won't be a regular listen for me.
What a load of self indulgent, boring nonsense.
By Papa Nicol
The missing Floyd album for me. It's a bit like The Final Cut which was a Waters solo album anyway (shoehorned into a Floyd album). At times Rogers voice isn't quite there but this sounds more like a Floyd album than say The Division Bell.
Great album buy or listen to on Apple Music
Welcome back Mr Waters
By Flower Singing Man
Well I know this almost like a crime but I just didn't get 'Amused to Death'. None of Waters solo albums really got me exited. The last great album for me, that Waters was involved in, was the Final Cut.
But this for me is a massive return to form. I've been listening to it on repeat, just like I did when I was 16 when Final Cut came out. So why is it so good? Well I think Nigel Godrich ( Radiohead producer) has a lot to do with it. Yes its retro. I just love the 'sound' collages on this album. Now some of these sounds might not mean much to folks outside of the UK, but if you listen to this album while on the train or in the tube is a turn brain f*%k. Superb.
The other things that blighted for me is that Waters always had to have loads of guitar solos in his solo songs. Sorry but how can you seriously replace Gilmour? It never really worked for me. Here Godrich has modernised the sound and got rid of the solos - and wow it sounds better for it.
Roger for me is not as musical as Gilmour and his solo albums have suffered musically, for me, without Gilmour. Godrich has done a lot to improve the music. Roger's real skill is the lyrics. On some of these songs his lyrics are just sublime. Listen to Picture That (the best song on the album for me) and try not to smile when you here the 'leader with no f%$ing brains' line. You won't smile if you are a Trump supporter. In fact if you are a Trump supporter this album may be a tough listem in places.
Anyway if you are a Floyd fan but not a solo Waters fan listen to this album. Its a brilliant album. Bits of Animals and reminders of Final Cut but very much now! Well done Roger and Nigel. Rog if this is your last album you've finnished on a high!