Radio K.A.O.S.

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Roger Waters' second solo album is yet another conceptual narrative, one that tells the tale of a wheelchair-bound boy who tries to halt the threat of nuclear war through his use of the HAM radio. The story line isn't held together as tightly as his first album, and the whole fable seems a little too far fetched, even when taken lightly. Unlike The Pros and Cons album, the music here overrides the narrative, but not by much, highlighted by the upbeat pop single "Radio Waves." The last tune, entitled "The Tide Is Turning," is the only other focal point of the album, an honest-sounding ballad that relinquishes a glimmer of hope in an otherwise unpromising world. Waters' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Roger Waters' second solo album is yet another conceptual narrative, one that tells the tale of a wheelchair-bound boy who tries to halt the threat of nuclear war through his use of the HAM radio. The story line isn't held together as tightly as his first album, and the whole fable seems a little too far fetched, even when taken lightly. Unlike The Pros and Cons album, the music here overrides the narrative, but not by much, highlighted by the upbeat pop single "Radio Waves." The last tune, entitled "The Tide Is Turning," is the only other focal point of the album, an honest-sounding ballad that relinquishes a glimmer of hope in an otherwise unpromising world. Waters' anti-war theme is stretched full across the album, but the music itself struggles to capture any attention, bogged down by half-whispers and flat-lined melodies that are only slightly resuscitated from time to time with some trumpet and saxophone. The novelty of Los Angeles disc jockey Jim Ladd wears off quickly, as he was obviously used to add some lightheartedness to the album's pessimistic undertones. Waters' use of imagery and thematic depth are absent from Radio K.A.O.S., leaving his superficial spiel with barely any sustenance, which in turn hinders the moral of the album so that it fails to reach its fruition. While both The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking and Amused to Death convey his talented use of concept, imagination, and lyrical mastery, this album seems to be nothing more than a fictional tale with a blatantly apparent message.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • EAN: 5099750959121
  • Catalog Number: 509591
  • Sales rank: 53,249

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger Waters Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Shakuhachi, Keyboards, Vocals, Dialogue
Paul Carrack Vocals, Guest Appearance
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Andy Fairweather Low Electric Guitar
Graham Broad Percussion, Drums
Doreen Chanter Background Vocals
Mel Collins Saxophone
Noel Davis Choir Master
Matt Irving Hammond Organ
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Suzanne Rhatigan Background Vocals
Ian Ritchie Piano, Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone, fairlight
Peter Thoms Trombone
Clare Torry Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jim Ladd Vocals
John Linwood Drums
Jay Stapley Electric Guitar
Victoria "Vicky B" Brown Background Vocals
Bleeding Heart Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Producer, Horn Arrangements, Story
J.J. Jackson Contributor
Nick Griffiths Producer
Eric Jones Choir Arrangement
Andy Quigley Contributor
Ian Ritchie Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Chris Sheldon Engineer
John Taylor Contributor
Charlie Smalls Composer
Kate Hepburn Cover Design
Jim Rogers Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Storyteller Around

    This CD rocked I don't care what that other guy says. Waters has the uncanny knack to tell a story through a song like no one else. Look at his days with pink floyd why don't ya! This is another classic CD with great storytelling and added voices and sounds that make roger waters a man with a great mind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the best or the worst

    I thought that Radio K.A.O.S. could have been a deeper album. I'm not saying that it is a bad album, but I felt that I could have used more. The story is definetly interesting for a science fiction type of person like me, but it might not make sense unless you are able to purchase it and read the back story provided with the CD. Give the album a chance, it's pretty good.

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