This album will never leave my collection as long as I live.
I have owned The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking for 10 years now, and consider it the best album to come from the brilliant mind of Roger Waters--surpassing even The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon. The imagery of the lyrics transports you directly into the head of a man dreaming of love, loss, family, sex, and horror. The dream logic which melds one song into the next is smooth and flawless. If you are evaluating this album on a song-by-song basis, you have missed the point. To appreciate the whole picture you have to make time to sit down and listen to it beginning to end--as is the case with most of Waters' works. The lyrics are jarring, haunting, Blakean.
The music is similarly inspired. Even if you don't normally go for Eric Clapton's music, this album features him doing what he does best: slowhand improvisation. This album would be nothing, musically, without him. His guitar work complements and interweaves with the lyrics in the kind of musical partnership that you just don't hear much coming out of a recording studio. The man can speak through a guitar like no one else I know of. He is melodic yet unrestrained, prominent yet subdued. Listening to this album, you find yourself thinking, "wow, this is a great song," and only later, "wow, there's almost nothing happening but the guitar."
I heartily recommend this album to anyone who reveres Roger Waters and anyone who lives for a well-formed concept album from someone who actually has a concept. This CD has a plot and characters you feel you know.
This is an excellent CD for long car trips at night, nights spent sitting on the couch listening to the stereo and sipping scotch, or nights spent tangled in carnal bliss atop sweaty sheets.
Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking is a true masterpiece.