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Amused To Death

Roger Waters Audio CD
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10. What God Wants, Part III
11. Watching TV
12. Three Wishes
13. It's A Miracle
14. Amused To Death

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Amused to Death is perfectly titled; it conveys its maker's mordant humor and underlying pessimism. Roger Waters's third solo album allowed a faint but perceptible return to the sound of his estranged former band, Pink Floyd. There are moments here ("What God Wants," "Three Wishes") that recall nothing so much as the densely textured sound of Animals and The Wall. And like those works, this is a concept album--the concept (as ever with Waters) being the crappy nature of modern life. Fair enough, but as usual, his satire is blunt and the targets of his scorn obvious. Former Eagle Don Henley duets on "Watching TV," while Jeff Beck contributes taut, lyrical solos to a number of tracks, notably "It's a Miracle." Waters's voice, however, remains the same: a weary whisper, positively dripping with contempt. --Andrew McGuire

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5.0 out of 5 stars Waters' finest hour as a solo artist June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
Former Pink Floyd bassist/vocalist/mastermind Roger Waters released his third post-Pink Floyd solo effort Amused to Death in September of 1992. Amused to Death was over five years in the making due to his battle with his ex-bandmates on the rights to the Pink Floyd name. When Amused hit record stores, it was modestly received peaking at #21 on the US album chart and had a huge rock radio hit with What God Wants Part 1. Roger's third solo album's sound was a return to the sound of his estranged former band, Pink Floyd unlike his two 80s works Pros and Cons or Radio K.A.O.S.. There are plenty of moments here (the aforementioned What God Wants(pt.1), the opening Ballad of Bill Hubbard, Three Wishes) that recall the sound of later Floyd works like Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut. Like those works, this is a concept album--the concept (as ever with Waters) being the crappy nature of modern life as depicted on television with the Gulf War and the Tijanamen Square incidents as examples and also the rise of a corporate world. His satire is blunt as usual and the targets of his scorn are obvious. Eagle drummer/vocalist Don Henley duets on Watching TV(which was about the Tijanamen Square incident and the collaboration of Henley and Waters triggered a friendship between the two which is still strong today). Legendary rock guitar legend Jeff Beck(like Clapton on Pros and Cons was a Yardbird) contributed taut, lyrical solos to a number of tracks(Bill Hubbard, What God Wants(pts. 1 and 3), Watching TV, Three Wishes, It's a Miracle and the closing optimistic title cut). The late conductor Michael Kamen contributed some stirring orchestrations on this album as well. Waters' voice was mainly reduced to a weary whisper, positively dripping with contempt due to the strain his vocal cords suffered from all the screaming on The Wall, The Final Cut and Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. This album is a classic and a welcome return for Roger Waters. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roger's best solo album without question June 11 2004
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Former Pink Floyd mastermind Roger Waters released his third post-Pink Floyd solo effort Amused to Death in September of 1992. Amused to Death was over five years in the making due to his battle with his ex-bandmates on the rights to the Pink Floyd name. When Amused hit record stores, it was modest received peaking at #21 and had a huge rock radio hit with What God Wants Part 1. Roger's third solo album's sound was a return to the sound of his estranged former band, Pink Floyd unlike his 80s works like Pros and Cons or Radio K.A.O.S. There are plenty of moments here (the aforementioned What God Wants(pt.1), the opening Ballad of Bill Hubbard, Three Wishes) that recall the sound of later Floyd works like Animals, The Wall and The Final Cut. Like those works, this is a concept album--the concept (as ever with Waters) being the crappy nature of modern life as depicted on television with the Gulf War and the Tijanamen Square incidents as examples and also the rise of a corporate world. His satire is blunt as usual and the targets of his scorn are obvious. Eagle drummer/vocalist Don Henley duets on Watching TV(which was about the Tijanamen Square incident and the collaboration of Henley and Waters triggered a friendship between the two which is still strong today). Legendary rock guitar legend Jeff Beck(like Clapton on Pros and Cons was a Yardbird) contributed taut, lyrical solos to a number of tracks(Bill Hubbard, What God Wants(pts. 1 and 3), Watching TV, Three Wishes, It's a Miracle and the closing optimistic title cut. The late Michael Kamen contributed some stirring orchestrations on this album as well. Waters' voice was mainly reduced to a weary whisper, positively dripping with contempt due to the strain his vocal cords suffered from all the screaming on The Wall, The Final Cut and Pros and Cons. This album is a classic and a welcome return for Roger Waters. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars REVOLUTIONARY WATERS May 20 2004
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This great recording reflects an essential fact about Roger Waters that I have found no allusions to in either the pro or con reviews here. Without some appreciation of this fact, I believe there can be no real understanding of AMUSED TO DEATH, so I would like to focus on it instead of the music itself which I love ( Waters' ability in extended composition continues to grow and Jeff Beck is fabulous).
Let me begin by noting that one of the central criticisms aimed by Waters on ATD at the various interconnected power structures of the world is the refusal to acknowledge and apply the facts-lessons that history abundantly offers us and to proceed instead to construct civilization as though history were irrelevant and thereby become more and more destructively blind to reality. Well, I would like to apply this observation here and look at a defining fact of Water's own personal history that I believe many Pink Floyd fans, particularly the ones who condemn Waters for separating himself from the other band members, either deliberately ignore for selfish reasons or are simply ignorant of: Roger Waters is one of the original, genuinely revolutionary music-artists to emerge in the 60's. For him, Rock music was not merely a different kind of music with no particular implications beyond the area of music itself, it was in fact inseparable from the desire for and intention to pursue a social-system revolution. All the anger, pain, sadness and bitter, inflexible defiance that Waters exudes on ATD was there, at least in seed form, from the beginning. There is not a single power structure or human behavior aimed at on ATD that Waters was not aiming at from his revolutionary artistic youth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but a little too much talking compared to singing.
One of my favourite albums by Roger Waters.
Published 2 months ago by Ariella
5.0 out of 5 stars If your a Floyd fan, no need to read beyond this point, go and...
Roger Waters solo music, just like David Gilmour's music goes right into my Pink Floyd collection. Relating to Pink Floyd, solos and tributes, as a Floyd fan we have no choice but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes a while, then takes over
I hated this album when I first listened to it.
I bought it with Waters' other two albums, The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking and Radio K.A.O.S. Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2004 by "floydmunroe"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
Contrary to what many say, Roger Waters' solo albums are excellent. Check out this dense, intelligent album.
Published on June 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Waters' tired soul
when a man is tired , you can touch the feeling in a way:::listen to his voice
Published on June 9 2004 by Reza
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a welcome addition for any Floyd fan
I have to be honest, sometimes Roger Waters' lyrics just are annoying at times and can be used as tool to mock him. As he croaks " Old timer who you gonna kill next? Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by filterite
4.0 out of 5 stars A tough one to review
The disintegration of the collective Pink Floyd brain saw the Roger Waters 'frontal lobe' become permanently detached from the David Gilmour 'temporal lobe'. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Neil Fitzgerald
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Point In Roger's Solo Career
In my opinion, this is the best solo album released by Roger Waters. It outshines "Radio KAOS" completely, and barely edges out "Pros And Cons Of HitchHiking". Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by "breathe127"
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad at all
I admit I was a bit skeptical about this cd, but now that I've listened to it, I like it. Roger Waters really is a genius and this cd picks up a little bit of that Pink Floyd... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by CarolinaGirl86
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad Roger......
It is common knowledge that all, or at least 99% of Floyd fans, fall into 2 categories...the Waters camp, and the other three. While I understand the deal with the breakup... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2004
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