A great album.
A Mausoleum for our Species
By Dromu the Cat
Every song like a terrifying portent of what has been and what will be. You made this album, he is just the oracle. Roger Waters evolution from geeky Cambridge schoolboy to future-seer using a BASS rhythm tied to the pulse of the human heart, a LYRICAL muse tied to the adrenalin-fueled fear of his own race, a SOUL caught between the simplicity of "Wind in the Willows" and the ugly-sprawling-rise of cities and computer-systems.
Half Syd-Barrett, half his war-dead father, half the refugees searching for peace in alien lands, THIS ALBUM IS SOMETHING YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE HEARD OR SEEN. It does not entertain, it does not make you laugh. It is like stumbling on heiroglyphics that are 10,000 years old that predicts the future of mankind. Listen to this on reference headphones or 10,000 watt speakers. And you will either delete it off your junk-phone or it will perhaps improve your understanding of what you are really like. Horrific and beautiful and melancholy.
I have listened to thousands of songs, from Skips James "I'd Rather be the Devil" recorded in 1931, all the way to Syd Barret's genius in "Vegetable Man" to the evolution of Pink Floyd (independent of every musical genre bursting around them from metal, to punk, to hip hop, to house, drum'n'bass, to grime) from musical shamans to THIS: - Not entertainment, not music, not top of the bleeding pops, or the destructive spread of pax-americana-corruption and the neo-right-wing racist ideology that continues to resurrect like lazarus every two decades.
THIS ALBUM, its dystopian NOW, its slinky-retro-produced hooks, is a requiem for what we all have become: unworthy, unloved, cruel, torturers, fence-builders, parochial, mamon-like-hoarders, gaolers, without the ability to care, think or love.
Mr Waters, spread the word.
Is this the life we really want
By Rob mallinson
Bit like DSOM taking some time to get into. Still brilliant, just wish the production was better, sounds a bit closed in , the wall was better. R u listening mr. Waters? Still a massive fan. Robert
Along with amused to death this is my favourite Waters album. I love the production, which is more stripped down than previous Waters or Floyd albums. A lot of it is Waters playing an acoustic guitar with occasionally flourishes of piano and strings. His voice sounds great, occasionally sounding tired, but I think that adds to the rawness and character. He manages to deliver his lyrics with brutality but also vulnerability.
A moving album which I will happily listen to lots.
Awesome, the maturity of life & love. Perfectly written,played & sung. Thank you Roger & team ❤️
Feels like a gift. One of the best albums ever written. Not many people actually have something important to say but Roger has done it again.
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...