Radio K.A.O.S.

Radio K.A.O.S.

by Roger Waters
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Radio K.A.O.S.

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2003
Label: Sbme Import
UPC: 5099750959121
catalogNumber: 509591
Rank: 65471

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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Radio K.A.O.S. 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.