The Final Cut [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Final Cut extends the autobiography of The Wall, concentrating on Roger Waters' pain when his father died in World War II. Waters spins this off into a treatise on the futility of war, concentrating on the Falkland Islands, setting his blistering condemnations and scathing anger to impossibly subdued music that demands full attention. This is more like a novel than a record, requiring total concentration since shifts in dynamics, orchestration, and instrumentation are used as effect. This means that while this has the texture of classic Pink Floyd, somewhere between the brooding sections of The Wall and the monolithic menace of Animals, there are no songs or...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Final Cut extends the autobiography of The Wall, concentrating on Roger Waters' pain when his father died in World War II. Waters spins this off into a treatise on the futility of war, concentrating on the Falkland Islands, setting his blistering condemnations and scathing anger to impossibly subdued music that demands full attention. This is more like a novel than a record, requiring total concentration since shifts in dynamics, orchestration, and instrumentation are used as effect. This means that while this has the texture of classic Pink Floyd, somewhere between the brooding sections of The Wall and the monolithic menace of Animals, there are no songs or hooks to make these radio favorites. The even bent of the arrangements, where the music is used as texture, not music, means that The Final Cut purposely alienates all but the dedicated listener. Several of those listeners maintain that this is among Pink Floyd's finest efforts, and it certainly is an achievement of some kind -- there's not only no other Floyd album quite like it, it has no close comparisons to anybody else's work apart from Waters' own The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, yet that had a stronger musical core. That doesn't make this easier to embrace, of course, and it's damn near impenetrable in many respects, but with its anger, emphasis on lyrics, and sonic textures, it's clear that it's the album that Waters intended it to be. And it's equally clear that Pink Floyd couldn't have continued in this direction -- Waters had no interest in a group setting anymore, as this record, which is hardly a Floyd album in many respects, illustrates. Distinctive, to be sure, but not easy to love and, depending on your view, not even that easy to admire. [The Final Cut was reissued in a remastered edition in 2004. This edition added "When the Tigers Broke Free" -- originally heard in the soundtrack to The Wall, but its moody, war-obsessed soundscape is better suited for The Final Cut -- as the fourth track, inserted between "One of the Few" and "The Hero's Return," where it fits nicely into the album's narrative.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • Label: Toshiba Emi Japan
  • EAN: 4988006821675
  • Catalog Number: 67407

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Roger Waters Group Member
Michael Kamen Piano, Conductor, Harmonium
Andy Bown Hammond Organ
Nick Mason Group Member
Ray Cooper Percussion
David Gilmour Group Member
Andy Newmark Drums
Raphael Ravenscroft Tenor Saxophone
Andy Brown Hammond Organ
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer, Producer, Cover Design, Sleeve Design
Michael Kamen Arranger, Producer
National Philharmonic Orchestra Contributor
James Guthrie Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Andy Jackson Engineer
Joel Plante Mastering
Steve O'Rourke Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bought this album when it came out

    Love it like the rest of my collection: worth buying if you love the band. A real classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Subtle Masterpeice

    This is not an album, but High Art. The depth of emotion displayed in this composition is only trumped by the intelligence with which it was written. After years and years of dedicated listens, one is constantly uncovering little subtleties in the music, in the lyrics and the concept that is only enriched and filled out as one grows. In that way, the ablum grows with you. The more experiences one accumulates, the more the album means. Could be one of the most depressing albums on the surface, but you won't find anything much deeper in World View and understanding of the Human Condition than the Final Cut "well, that is unless you listen to Amused to Death, Roger's solo project with Jeff Beck". Perfect album, though not for radio Floyd fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A misunderstood and often criticized beauty

    Pink Floyd's The Final Cut is not the best release from the band. Then again, it's not the worst. It's sad that Rick Wright was booted off after The Wall. But my review is not based on the many flaws that this album has. What I can say is that it begins well, sucks in the middle, picks up at the end of the middle, and it's smooth sailing on ahead of the horizon. "The Post-War Dream" is an excellent testimonial to the anger that Roger Waters expresses because of his father dying in the battle of the Anzio bridge. A short, but expressive lyrical piece. "The Gunner's Dream" and "The Fletcher Memorial Home" are both hauntingly beautiful gems that oppose the current world leaders of that time, as well as an anti-war message. "Southhampton Dock" segues nicely into the classic title track. "Not Now John" is a blistering cacophony that is very much sounding like the guitar-ridden sounds of "Young Lust" and the lyrics of the terrifying "The Thin Ice", courtesy of The Wall. Then, the finale of the soothing sounds of "Two Suns in the Sunset," Roger Waters's view on the nuclear meltdown of the Earth, if evitable. This album has its highs and lows, but makes up for it in strong lyricy and melody. For hardcore Floyd fans, like myself, this is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sounds Better!

    Musically, this was not one of my favourite Pink Floyd albums, though the lyrics are commendable for their criticisms of war and corporate greed. But this 2004 remaster is a much better listen because of the improved sonic clarity. And the rightful inclusion of "When the Tigers Broke Free" after 20 years adds a bit of a pick-up to the first part of the album. This new edition may see more time on my playlist. Four stars because it's Pink Floyd.

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