Pink Floyd
The Final Cut


4.5
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Review

by Myster X USER (1 Reviews)
February 10th, 2005 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist


For this album Pink Floyd were:

David Gilmour: Vocals, Guitars
Nick Mason: Drums
Roger Waters: Vocals, Bass Guitar

The Final Cut appears to be the real runt of the Pink Floyd litter. Its not as easily dismissed as the post-Waters efforts but still seems to be low on fans lists. I chose to review this because a) the others are all taken and b) this album deserves a fair go. The way I figure it the album says Pink Floyd therefore it should be listened to and considered, plus it has Not Now John on it which to my mind is criminally underrated!

Personally I've discovered Pink Floyd relatively recently (6 months) after I found out my friend had all the albums. I borrowed them all and am now obsessed. This album I left till last to listen to (except AMLoR which I didnt have), probably because I had read many bad things about it. Thus when it came time to give it a listen I was going into it with a bad feeling it was going to be bad and skew my love of the Floyd. It didnt grab me right away but after a few listens I rank it just below the 4 classics (DSOTM, WYWH, Animals and The Wall) and equal with Meddle.

This is a single flow album like their others and should be listened to as the original vinyl would have it, which i assume is tracks 1-6 then 7-12 or just straight through which also means the songs dont really warrant individual marks.

The Post War Dream:
Quite an intensely political way to start an album but it states the point right from the get-go. This song demonstrates that though he usually didnt have the better voice in the group (which goes to Gilmour I think) when he wants to, Roger Waters can sing with a lot of emotion and purpose. Given this is considered a Waters solo album I guess this is understandable.

Your Possible Pasts:
Similar to before, gets right to the point and has Waters again wrenching his heartstrings. We get a rare (for this album) Gilmour solo which is welcome. There appears to be a Hammond organ in this (i think) which works well but its a pity its not Rick Wright playing it.

One of the Few:
A bare bones statement, remeniscent of Nobody Home on The Wall. Not much going on in the music department but the quiet mood sets up perfectly for the opening to...

The Hero's Return:
I love the opening to this song with delayed guitar and great drum effects. Waters again giving it everything (he sings on all but one song). The lyrics of this song set off a three song section following soldiers through their respective roles in wartime.

The Gunners Dream:
Sung from the point of view of a shot-down WW2 gunner. The lyrics work well given the subject matter (its Waters of course they do!) and it has a great middle section with a sax-solo and the orchestration thats over the whole album. Listening to it as I write this review I notice so much more in the lyrics. Again the keyboard is good but Rick Wright is missed.

Paranoid Eyes:
Starts off quiet like One of the Few but more upbeat. The music seems to be a bit Division Bellish strange as it seems, i could just be really tired.

Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert:
Turn up your speakers at the start to hear the apparent invasionee yelling the title to his enemies then sending us a nice missile too. The missile is apparently supposed to be a good test of the Holophonic system this was recorded in. It takes the dimensions of the human skull into account and with headphones is supposed to simulate surround sound (i think). I can't really notice it but try some headphones and see if you can. Apparently the missile starts in front of you and goes behind you. The meat of the song is a classical melody with Waters quoting some 80's related political actions. Really just a lead into....

The Fletcher Memorial Home:
This got onto the Best Of collection Echoes. And of all the 'message songs' on here this is the best. As Waters introduces the right-wing leaders of the 80's I am most of the thought that this album should be covered now and the politics be bought up-to-date "Did they expect us to treat them with any respect!?" being a line that equally applies now. Gilmour reappears with yet another welcome solo.

Southampton Dock:
A short interlude between the big guns of the album. Details the soldiers going to war and those they leave behind. And starts off the personal theme that continues in....

The Final Cut:
The title track and the epic of the album. It seems to me to be the most personal to Waters with a lot of I's and me's in the lyrics (but thats just how I see it). It has an interesting section near the start where he describes someone (the listener) making their way through all of his security to be told (according to the lyrics sheet) whats behind the wall but for us listeners we accidentally set off "the shotguns in the hall". Just listen to it and you'll understand. Gilmours finest work on the album is present here, until we get too....

Not Now John:
An absolute bloody classic despite peculilarly vindictive lyrics. This whole album begun as offcuts of The Wall (hence the working title Spare Bricks) and this song is the clearest indicator of that. I could have seen this (with revised lyrics) being somewhere after Comfortably Numb and before Run Like Hell. This seems to have the biggest input from David Gilmour (which is probably why I like it so much) and is the only track he sings on (pity). It was released as a single but probably didnt do as well because it was altered from its original form. Listen to it for 5 seconds and you'll see in its original form it isnt quite radio-friendly.

Two Suns in the Sunset:
Musically a nice easy letdown to quite a cynical and harsh album, lyrically a closer if ever there was one as the world appears to have succombed to nuclear holocaust. The lyrics to this song (as generally with the rest of the album and all of Waters lyrics) are exceptional.

Well there it is and we're near the end now. This is a great album of music. The only problems are the fact that the classic lineup is not present with Rick Wright being fired before this album started and it is NOT typical of Pink Floyd and should not be heard as their first album (do the 4 classics first). As I already said it deserves to be rediscovered and related to the world we're in now. 4.5/5

Review by Myster X

P.S. The 20th anniversay reissue added a song "When the Tigers Broke Free" which was on the Wall movie. It's song about Roger Waters father and his death in WW2. It's not on the one im listening to so i left it out.


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A highly personal journey which berates the futility of war. 'The Final Cut' is often overlooked and...

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Kingofdudes
February 10th 2005


294 Comments


Dang good review :thumb:

I havent really given this album much of a chance, so I just put this album on MP3 player play list.

Though this album may not live up to Pink Floyd's other work, it is still pretty good. Roger does a very good job creating the atmosphere of war on this album. My favorite song is "The Gunners Dream".

What is your name on mx(you name isnt showing up on the review)? You should come post in the Pink Floyd Thread

Kingofdudes
February 10th 2005


294 Comments


It is too bad David didnt have as much of an input on this album...

-Gilmour

strummin sorrow
February 11th 2005


1 Comments


Great to see this album reviewed. Im a huge Floyd fan...and enjoy this stuff. Im also glad cuz I was beginning to think I was the only person who ever listens to it!!

Myster X
February 12th 2005


3 Comments


Thanks for the comments, my username is Myster X and I've got no idea why it wont show it, maybe I haven't earnt mxtabs respect, hehe.

guitarded_chuck
February 12th 2005


3306 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. But I'm one that doesn't really consider it Pink Floyd, but more of a solo effort from Waters. Mason said that it's a surprise he even knew Roger was recording an album at the time, and that David suggested it be a solo album. But Roger refused because he wanted the title Pink Floyd on the album. Definitley not for money.

Myster X
February 21st 2005


3 Comments


Ok then, disregard my last comment

Pig on the wing
March 31st 2005


25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The final song on this album id the best. Two suns in the sunset. Am I right in saying its about a huge nuke that destroys everything?
Kinda ironic that it's the calmest song on the album.

(Lennon/McCartney)
April 5th 2005


5 Comments


(It is too bad David didnt have as much of an input on this album...

-Gilmour)

To tell you the truth the wall was an album about almost the same thing and writen the same to all by rodger exept a few so on this album i enjoyed hearing what roger wanter i to missed daves extra toutch but the other solos on the album are also so very good

pixiesfanyo
June 17th 2005


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree.

This is a great album.

Med57
Moderator
June 17th 2005


1001 Comments


3/5 for me...one of Pink Floyd's weaker efforts in my opinion.

robo2448
June 17th 2005


132 Comments


I think I'll get this soon. I have most of their other stuff, and for some reason I tend to enjoy albums that are known as famous artist's worst efforts.

canadapantsman
July 16th 2005


236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i havent listened to all of it... but i listened to the first half, and id say that if gilmour had more input as far as the musical aspect this could have been another classic. it was also missing wright as has been mentioned, and that takes away from the albums potential a lot, seeing as how innovative he was with them. why was he fired anyway?

fendercustomstrat
August 1st 2005


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rick Wright was fired after the tour of "The Wall" because Roger Waters felt that he wasn't producing anything anymore and decided that he could be replaced. It's extremely tought to fill the shoes of Rick Wright, but Michael Kamen, given his mainly classical background, brilliantly steps up to the plate and gives a great performance on this album in addition to arranging and conducting the orchestral parts for this album and the decadent, yet excessive 23 minute "Atom Heart Mother".

I encourage anyone who reads this to also read my review on "The Final Cut". I mean no disrespect by this, but because I have listened to Floyd for 6 years as opposed to 6 months, my review contains more information behind the album's concept and story besides a critical analysis. Both reviews are good by themselves, but you can understand the album better if you read both.

pfandozzyrock
December 26th 2005


40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album doesnt get enough credit from the more rescent fans, this album yes waters took over it but it definatly has alot alot of talent, sit down and listen to the whole album all the way through to say its not floyd youd have to be crazy... its a story and like the other floyd albums it flows. I fell in love with this particular album when i was about 12 it help me escape reality just like all of floyd. This album is a excellent album dont let people tel lyou differnt before tasting a differnt flavor of pink.


John Galt
January 31st 2006


41 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just bought this album and realized how much people have under rated this album. Sure it's not a classic but it's still really good.

And who the heck is Maggie?This Message Edited On 01.31.06

PinkFloyd
February 9th 2006


24 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^Former PM English PM I believe.

This album is a decline from previous Floyd efforts, but in a general context, it's still very good. There is a grim but beautiful aura around this album which I love.

I don't understand how Wright is missed on this album. If the session guy was marked off as Rick Wright, I bet nobody would even tell the difference.

Storm In A Teacup
February 9th 2006


13221 Comments


I wonder if this is where Coheed got the idea for the last song of The Willing Well.

Buddha Bassline
February 9th 2006


16 Comments


Good review, but you missed When The Tigers Broke Free. That ones pretty good, i think, and i don't think there are any instruments playing.

Jim
April 3rd 2006


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got this, and after one listen I find it really intriguing. Lyrically, I thinks it's superb. And while David is no doubt a better singer, Roger's voice has far more emotion and character, which is vital for an album like this. I really like Roger's voice actually, I've always found it moving and honest.
Musically, it's one of their subtlest efforts (Mason only appears occasionally), and it seems to operate much more on pop-beats and conventional piano ballads, as opposed to the epic qualities evident in the previous four.
I really quite like this, and it's only going to grow from here. Plus, I got the remastered version with When the Tigers Broke Free. Bonus!

jhed13
April 6th 2006


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like this album because i like their softer music and this album is mostly soft. and some interesting information one of the few, your possible pasts, and the final cut were originally supposed to be featured on the wall.



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