The last release from the Roger Waters-led incarnation of the band, The Final Cut
is easily the most darkly provocative entry in the entire Pink Floyd catalog. Many fans and critics tend to think of it as a Roger Waters solo album, though it certainly hangs together much better than The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking
or Radio K.A.O.S.
. Others view it as a sequel to The Wall
--and indeed, The Final Cut
tackles many of the same issues (the futility of war, the innate powerlessness of the individual in modern society), albeit with twice the bile and intensity. The anger that fires songs like "The Hero's Return" and "Not Now John" is certainly legitimate, and Michael Kamen's orchestral arrangements are absolutely stunning, but the entire listening experience can be pretty draining. On the other hand, if you found The Wall
to be too soft or commercial, The Final Cut
is definitely the record for you. --Dan Epstein
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