Album of the day (#3471): The Wall by Pink Floyd

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Today's album of the day

The Wall by Pink Floyd (View album | Buy this album)

Year: 1979.
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Overall rank: 24
Average rating: 86/100 (from 3013 votes).



Tracks:
1. In The Flesh?
2. The Thin Ice
3. Another Brick In The Wall Part 1
4. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2
6. Mother
7. Goodbye Blue Sky
8. Empty Spaces
9. Young Lust
10. One Of My Turns
11. Don't Leave Me Now
12. Another Brick In The Wall Part 3
13. Goodbye Cruel World
14. Hey You
15. Is There Anybody Out There?
16. Nobody Home
17. Vera
18. Bring The Boys Back Home
19. Comfortably Numb
20. The Show Must Go On
21. In The Flesh
22. Run Like Hell
23. Waiting For The Worms
24. Stop
25. The Trial
26. Outside The Wall

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Amazing musical inventiveness..
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An absolute masterpiece. I get the criticism that Roger Waters starts getting really theatrical, but honestly it doesn't become a problem for me personally until the subsequent Final Cut album.
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It's an incredible album, but to me it's Roger Waters feat. Pink Floyd.
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I've never been able to figure out if I like The Wall more or Wish You Were Here. Great concept. Plenty of memorable songs. Will probably forever considered a classic.
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It's a mediocre album, but it has some good ideas and some good songs. The highlight of their pretentiousness overtaking their musicality, a trend that begin two albums before this one.
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finally understand why people use it as a mini-punching bag over at RYM
far from their greatest works, and a bit too long, but still good and important for concept records. "Comfortably Numb" is a classic.
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Gowi wrote:
It's a mediocre album, but it has some good ideas and some good songs. The highlight of their pretentiousness overtaking their musicality, a trend that begin two albums before this one.

I wanted to see your chart to understand what a non-mediocre album is, but unfortunately I faced a brick wall Think
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Gowi wrote:
It's a mediocre album, but it has some good ideas and some good songs. The highlight of their pretentiousness overtaking their musicality, a trend that begin two albums before this one.


Maybe I'm confusing pretentiousness with cinematic bombast, but it is a rock opera. Some of that might be necessary.

I'll always give equal credit to The Wall and DSOTM for getting me into Floyd and prog, even though WYEH is a mile ahead of The Wall.
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Spyglass wrote:
Maybe I'm confusing pretentiousness with cinematic bombast, but it is a rock opera. Some of that might be necessary.


Imo pretentiousness isn't always a bad thing. Take (as the first example that comes to mind) Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer? by of Montreal. It's an incredibly pretentious album, from the song titles to the references to underground authors to the second half mini-concept album about Kevin Barnes's alter-ego. But it all enhances the mood of the album and better describes the anxiousness and mania of the songs' narrator.

I don't think The Wall does that. It's overlong and tries a lot of things, but I don't think any of the bombast works to enhance the story. It's big, but underneath that bigness there's nothing of substance. I never really sympathize with the narrator or feel for them. It's just a story, and a shallow one at that (not to mention the protagonist is an aging disillusioned rock star, possibly one of the groups of people I have the least interest in empathizing with). Not sure that's what Gowi was getting at, I'll let him expand on what he meant if he wants, but at least to me this feels like an album where their aspirations were bigger than what they actually accomplished. I'll accept cinematic bombast if it's actually effective.

That said, "Goodbye Blue Sky," "Mother," and "Comfortably Numb" are all great songs. Shame there's so much fluff around them.
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