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  • Gareth Crook

Roger Waters the Wall (2014)

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Well I'm not quite sure what to make of this. I love Pink Floyd and The Wall album, although it's way down the pecking order of my favourites. This though is very indulgent. It's Roger Water's The Wall, not Pink Floyd's, as David Gilmour doesn't get on with Roger anymore, because quite frankly, Roger is a bit of a prat. The Wall is Water's concept album though, so I guess he can do as he pleases and he does just that, bloating the original release, with the songs that were later added to the film and several cutaway vignettes of Roger driving around France in a nice Rolls Royce, where he talks about the loss of his father, a big theme of The Wall, but seems out of place with the pomp of a theatrical live concert. The visuals, albeit some overtly political are pretty spectacular, with an epic stage set and Gerald Scarfe's legendary illustrations brought to life. Ultimately that's its biggest problem, by a long way, the best thing about this is the work that's being shown on the screen, the band themselves are pretty flat, even with these songs to work with. One for the very die hard Floyd fans though and even then I'd suggest watching Pompeii instead, or giving Gilmours solo album from last year a spin or even watching the original Wall movie, it's got Bob Geldoff shaving his eyebrows and faceless children being fed into a meat grinder, it's a laugh a minute!


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