Saturday, June 10, 2017

CD Review: Roger Waters Delivers The Ultimate Question, "Is This The Life We Really Want?"

Former Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters sure does take his time making albums. Since leaving Pink Floyd in 1985, Waters has made only five solo albums in the last 32 years. His most recent solo album was just released on June 2nd, titled "Is This The Life We Really Want?" through Columbia Records. It is Waters first rock album in almost 25 years and it was produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) who also played guitar and keyboards on the album.

The new 12-song release seems indirectly influenced by the Pick Floyd masterpiece, "Dark Side Of The Moon" as that album dealt with greed, his new album ask the question "Is This The Life We Really Want?" Waters begins his new album with the ticking of a clock and random spoken words swirling around on the short opener "When We Were Young." His questioning lyrics dig deep into your thoughts as in the orchestral build up of "Deja Vu." The tone of "Picture This" reflects Waters dark period as he places obscure situations for you to ponder, while the music reflects his past Floydian adventures. Waters pleads for universal freedom in "Broken Bones" and in the politically charged title song as he is done sitting back and just watching this world blow itself up. Rogers Waters may not have made a rock album in over two decades, but he still knows how to create the perfect progressive rock song with "Smell The Roses," before finishing his new album with the emotional love of "Wait For Her" and acoustic folk tale of "Part Of Me Died."

Roger Waters is currently on his "Us + Them" North American tour, which runs into October, were he will be premiering new songs from the album alongside Pink Floyd and solo classics. For a complete list of live shows and to find out more about his new album "Is This The Life We Really Want?, please visit rogerwaters.com

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