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5.0 out of 5 stars Roger's best solo album
Right before Roger Waters left Pink Floyd, he released The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. The album was originally supposed to be a Pink Floyd album, but it got shelved in favor of The Wall. 5 years later, Roger releases it under his own name.

How to describe the music and lyrics. It sounds much like The Final Cut but more "rocking" if you should say. Roger's...
Published on June 5 2008 by Ryan Adams

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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, Pretentious Un-Music
In his Pink Floyd days, Roger Waters's tendencies toward self-pity and self-absorption in his music were at least somewhat muted by David Gilmour's (and various producers') more accessible approach. Left to his own devices, Waters creates a mess of half-finished "songs" with perhaps the worst lead vocals in the history of rock music. Nothing more clearly...
Published on April 20 2000


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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous, Pretentious Un-Music, April 20 2000
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In his Pink Floyd days, Roger Waters's tendencies toward self-pity and self-absorption in his music were at least somewhat muted by David Gilmour's (and various producers') more accessible approach. Left to his own devices, Waters creates a mess of half-finished "songs" with perhaps the worst lead vocals in the history of rock music. Nothing more clearly shows the emptiness of Waters' long-held contention that he "was" Pink Floyd than this absurd, nearly unlistenable effort. If anything, the album sounds like a virtual parody of his former band (complete with self-plagiarism, as Waters lifts the main melody from "In the Flesh" for use here). "The Pros and Cons of Hitch-hiking" is for the terminally pretentious only. As a review at the time of release stated, the album is nothing more or less than hideous.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Please, Make the Misery End.........Somebody............., Feb. 6 2000
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Sal Nudo (Champaign, Illinois) - See all my reviews
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Out of great respect for Roger Waters, I gave this album a try. Needless to say, much as I love Floyd and Waters, this was the worst album my expectant ears ever had the misfortune to hear. A pre-schooler could concoct more rhythm and melody than what Waters gave us on this solo outing, and I'm positively mystified by all these rave reviews for this album. Talk about resting on your laurels and trying to do the whole thing yourself! "The Wall" wouldn't have been half as good without David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin, and this stinking, vile excuse for an album is the fool-on proof. Sterile to the point of agonizing boredom, with lyrics and a voice so cryptic you want to slap the guy out of his self-possessed sense of being, not once semblance of an original riff, despite Eric Clapton's "invaluable" help, this album goes nowhere at a pace of 1 mile per hour. I don't care how deep, smart, or how good of a lyricist Roger Waters is, if the music ain't somewhat sonically good, what's the point? His entire genius is wasted on empty albums like this. You'd think that after years of great associations and albums.......Oh, forget it. If this is what it takes to be musically cerebral, count me out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roger's best solo album, June 5 2008
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Ryan Adams (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Right before Roger Waters left Pink Floyd, he released The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. The album was originally supposed to be a Pink Floyd album, but it got shelved in favor of The Wall. 5 years later, Roger releases it under his own name.

How to describe the music and lyrics. It sounds much like The Final Cut but more "rocking" if you should say. Roger's lyrics are usually very deep and meaningful, but the lyrics to this album can be read like a book. I'll try to explain the plot of the album:

There's a man who is dreaming about driving around country with two hitch hikers in the back seat. As he keeps driving he keeps having sexual fantasies about the female passenger. He then awakens and his wife threatens to leave him. He then suggests that to save their marriage they move to his wife's native land, but she soon cheats on him and the man leaves her for good and he then goes out on his own again. He get's picked up by a trucker and tells his story about his marriage and the trucker feels sorry for them. They then stop at a truck stop and there is a waitress there who is kind to him and he then begins to feel better about himself. After that he wakes up to see that it was all a dream, and then he looks over at his wife and tells her that he loves her.

There's more to the story than that, but I tried my best at explaining it. It's a very bizarre album to say the least, but if you appreciate Roger Waters like I do you'll realise the masterpiece this album truly is. Eric Clapton plays guitar aswell to add to it! I usually give a run down of the songs but it's hard to explain them, you'll have to hear it for yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Waters' first post-Floyd effort is a classic, June 21 2004
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Terrence J Reardon "Classic rock guru" (Lake Worth, Florida, USA) - See all my reviews
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Roger Waters released his second solo album The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in April of 1984. The album was recorded between February and December of 1983 at Roger's home studio and featured assistance from the legendary Eric Clapton on guitar, the late Michael Kamen on piano and orchestrations, Roxy Music drummer Andy Newmark and jazz great David Sanborn on saxophones. Roger Waters takes the concept album to new heights on this masterpiece. Each of the 12 tracks marks the a scene of a surreal dream (nightmare?). Along the journey, Waters(whom wrote, sang, played bass and rhythm guitar and produced with Michael Kamen) deals with murderous Arabs in Germany(Arabs With Knives and West German Skies), a sexual encounter(Sexual Revolution), mundane family life(The Remains of Our Love and Go Fishing). He also encounters bikers, truckers, housewives, Shane and Yoko Ono(all mentioned in the title cut) and strangers(the album's best cut, Every Stranger's Eyes). The album is balanced with great doses of Slowhand's playing, the late Kamen's orchestrations and Waters' lyrics. To date, this is the only Waters solo album to go Gold in the US and peaked at #31 here in the US. However, notwithstanding sales figures, this album is a great solo disc. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it, June 14 2004
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Contrary to what many say, Roger Waters' solo albums are excellent. Check out this dense, intelligent album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing Roger Waters has ever done--And he's a genius, June 7 2004
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Waters is just great, May 27 2004
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B. Shojaee "bshojaee" (San Diego, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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I have always wondered why people keep comparing different albums and try to have a point of reference. Bottom line is if you enjoy Waters/Pink Floyd, this is a must-have album. Clapton guitar adds a different dimension to Waters work. It is as if you can trace the blues roots in the psychedelic genre. Sanborn mixes the jazz element and Waters voice is as solid as always. In fact his voice is just imperfectly perfect. Now adding the late Michael Kamen and the National Philarmonic Orchestra and you really can't go wrong.
Great songs are plenty. The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking, Every Strangers Eyes, Go Fishing and ...
And finally the lyrics are strong as always. What else is there to a great album?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Fish?, May 26 2004
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Russell Diederich (Littleton, CO United States) - See all my reviews
No one can tell a story in music like Roger Waters. To him the lyrics are everything, and the music is there to support those lyrics. This can be heard throughout the "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" as Waters' voice take precedence over everything else. This album was originally brought before Pink Floyd with another project to vote upon which to do. They picked "The Wall" instead, which was probably a smart choice. Although not quite Floyd quality, the album is actually surprising good, although it was outranked by David Gilmour's "About Face", which probably added to the strain on their relationship.
I won't even pretend to understand the story Waters' is trying to tell on this album, but I assume it follows some Hunter S. Thompson vision of wacked-out reality through dreams. What I do understand is that Waters' pulled out the stops to make this album successful by hiring Eric Clapton to handle the guitar work, and David Sanborn for sax. It is without doubt that Clapton carried this album further into mainstream acceptance than merit alone. Likewise, when Waters' allows Clapton free rein, the songs are good. "Running Shoes" rocks heavily, and "For the First Time Today, Part 2" (the first one) Clapton plays with a bluesy feel, which carries into "Sexual Revolution". The title track is the highlight of the album.
Although this album pales compared to Waters' "Radio K.A.O.S." it is still better than his other studio albums. Clapton has some great licks throughout the album, and Waters' has some great lyrics in here as well. Waters' ability to compose music around his story is amazing, and none can match his talent. I may not understand the story, and the music alone may not be overly noteworthy, but when combined it is a formula that works. A must have for Floyd fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roger's first great post-Floyd solo effort, May 14 2004
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Terrence J. Reardon (South Carolina and Mass., USA) - See all my reviews
Roger Waters released his second solo album The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in April of 1984. The album was recorded between February and December of 1983 at Roger's home studio and featured assistance from the legendary Eric Clapton on guitar, the late Michael Kamen on piano and orchestrations, Roxy Music drummer Andy Newmark and jazz great David Sanborn on saxophones. Roger Waters takes the concept album to new heights on this masterpiece. Each of the 12 tracks marks the a scene of a surreal dream (nightmare?). Along the journey, Waters(whom wrote, sang, played bass and rhythm guitar and produced with Michael Kamen) deals with murderous Arabs in Germany(Arabs With Knives and West German Skies), a sexual encounter(Sexual Revolution), mundane family life(The Remains of Our Love and Go Fishing). He also encounters bikers, truckers, housewives, Shane and Yoko Ono(all mentioned in the title cut) and strangers(the album's best cut, Every Stranger's Eyes). The album is balanced with great doses of Slowhand's playing, the late Kamen's orchestrations and Waters' lyrics. To date, this is the only Waters solo album to go Gold in the US and peaked at #31 here in the US. However, notwithstanding sales figures, this album is a great solo disc. Highly recommended!
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1.0 out of 5 stars This one's treadin' water, April 22 2004
Not as bad as dual stinkers 'Radio Kaos' or 'The Final Cut', but not recommended anyway. And Eric C., you din hep much either. Try a 'Muddy Waters' cd instead, a true arteest.
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