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Amused To Death
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on January 24, 2000
Once again, I fell victim to glowing reviews and purchased a CD without listening to it. What are you people talking about? This album is not good. Waters' voice is shot and I resent being beaten over the head with his social commentary. A little more lyrical subtlety would have suited me.
Musically, I was nearly lulled to sleep several times before even reaching the fifth track. Plain and simple, John Lennon needed Paul McCartney, Roger Waters needs David Gilmour. And vice versa on those, by the way.
I respect Waters as an artist, and usually revere him as a lyricist, but he missed the mark CLEARLY on this CD.
Overly long, funeral-paced, and not lacking for obvious social cliches, Amused To Death dies a slow one.
And what the heck is he thanking FLEA for in the acknowledgements anyway?
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on April 19, 2000
No album more clearly displays the wasteland that is Roger Waters' solo "career" than this. In terms of overall sound, it is a sluggish rehash of "The Wall." The lyrics are the usual adolescent whine (only at his very best did Waters overcome his tendency toward lyrical childishness); but the biggest problem by far is Waters's own vocals. Each track is rendered all but unlistenable by his tone-deaf wheezing and shrieking. (David Gilmour, where are you?) The post-Waters Pink Floyd may be a watered-down, money-grubbing affair, but at least their music is tuneful. This is atrocious.
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on June 13, 2001
Waters packs his songs full of "too many" words. His themes are compelling, but he could have been better served editing his material by half. What he sings is almost unlistenable, like a combination of Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler. Arrangements and mix and instrumentation are good, particularly the guitar work of Jeff Beck. I came away disappointed. THe brief instrumental "Ballad of Bill Hubbard", all by itself, said what Waters wanted to say with the entire album.
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on April 29, 2000
I will defend "Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking" and "Radio KAOS" until the bovines come home, but this disc truly makes one wonder if Roger Waters has lost it. Unfocused, untuneful, utterly disappointing. There are about three good songs here and the rest is repetitive, confusing, slow and, a first for Waters, not even very interesting. What a letdown.
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on April 17, 2000
Roger Waters has to pull to side of the pretentiousness highway right now. What was he thinking? A track featuring Marv Albert ("Yes"!, that one) with a play by play a an oil rig being blown up? Pul-eease! Good production, but dull songs. Only for the die-hard fans.
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on August 19, 2015
Great album but very poor quality vinyl. As with most picture discs, this one has waaaay too much surface noise, clicks and pops. Quiet moments in the music not listenable due to the noise.

I sent this back and I'm getting the cheaper 200 gm version.
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on August 31, 2015
This album has far too much background noise, crackle and pop. Great album but poor pressing. I hope the 200 gram black vinyl is better.
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on January 1, 2004
Fans of Pink Floyd cannot ignore Roger Waters, and do so at their own peril. Very much the brains behind much of Pink Floyd's titanic efforts of the 1970s, it is very natural to seek the same quality from his solo efforts. My first piece of advice to listeners is to do nothing of the sort! Give Roger Waters a listen, but do so as if you never heard Pink Floyd, since this is the only fair way to judge it.
For me, the album features a wonderful lyrical layout. Even where we don't find Waters's lyrics, we can find moving word themes, such as in the "Ballad of Bill Hubbard". The lyrics on this album will no doubt challenge the listener to question the dominant media culture that smothers us today. Roger Waters has always been a masterful songwriter, and none of this is suprising to me.
On the downside, is the music itself. The most positive comment is to call it minimalist, but this would only be covering up what I truly think. Despite the presence of great musicians such as Jeff Beck on the album, there is little here to show for it. There are occasional bright spots, but the music otherwise tends to drag down the quality of the listening experience.
Much has been said of Waters's vocals on this album, and to me they lack the passion and depth of which I know him capable. His vocals are tired and nearly whispered, and do little to carry these lyrics, which deserve better.
I would love to have seen a better emphasis on the music and vocals, to carry what could have otherwise been a masterpiece.
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on August 28, 2002
This album is in my collection because 1) I'm a Pink Floyd fan and 2) There are a few great tracks here. The rest of the album is pretty much unbearable to listen to.
"The Ballad of Bill Hubbard" is a great ambient track and serves as an appropriate opener with a haunting narration from (I believe) a veteran of World War I. On this track as well as the thundering "What God Wants Part I," Jeff Beck contributes some phenomenal guitar playing. On the latter, his solos are seething and taunting as if he WAS a god. "The Bravery of Being Out of Range" is my favorite song here, a harsh indictment against war mongers. "Watching T.V." is good, too. These are the best songs. "Perfect Sense, Parts I & II" are pretty interesting with beautiful female vocals, but soon become kinda ridiculous and then ridiculously bombastic. I really can't stand the rest and it's true that Waters' cynical preaching can be tiresome, not to mention his weak singing voice. I don't respect any artist who feels the need to diss other artists in their music and he unfortunately takes a mean-spirited jab at Andrew Lloyd-Webber (during an awful song no less).
Yes, we watch the world go by on T.V. and many watch war on T.V. like it's some kind of game. Too bad this album isn't the fantastic indictment on modern life it could have been.
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on August 12, 2002
While "Amused To Death" boasts a crisp musical sound, it drags in the familiar gutters of Roger Waters' predictable preaching on the violent aspect of the world. With some sort of concept about violence and war (of course) and the mindlessness of televison, this third solo album is a disappointment at best. Many seem to want to ignore the fact that the album is merely a lackluster repeat of the concepts that Waters hatched in his days with Pink Floyd, repeating the themes of "The Final Cut" and "Animals" in particular.
There are some highlights, however; the opener 'The Ballad Of Bill Hubbard' features interesting guitar and keyboard work, and 'Perfect Sense (Parts 1 & 2)' is a great addition to the songwriter's catalog, and 'Watching TV' is hauntingly heartfelt. But many songs find Waters straying from the album's main theme, into nonsensical rambling ('3 Wishes,' 'Late Home Tonight').
Roger Waters has had better moments, and his solo career still hasn't reached any spectacular heights (so far). "Amused To Death" proves that his habit of constantly revisiting his old rants about war and Maggie Thatcher are part of the problem.
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