Pink Floyd
The Final Cut


4.5
superb

Review

by menawati CONTRIBUTOR (79 Reviews)
October 9th, 2012 | 63 replies | 1,800 views


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A highly personal journey which berates the futility of war. 'The Final Cut' is often overlooked and occasionally maligned but Waters penned some of his most emotive and thought provoking lyrics on this final chapter in his career with Pink Floyd.

It doesn't take much research to come to the conclusion that 'The Final Cut' is not exactly the most well-loved Pink Floyd release. In fact some people don't even consider this to be a proper Floyd album and jestingly proclaim it to be the first Roger Waters solo effort. Richard Wright had already left, Gilmour only sings on one of the tracks and Waters is credited for the writing and composition of every song so maybe there is an element of truth in the criticisms. This album was originally intended as part of the soundtrack for 'The Wall' and could therefore be viewed in some respects as a series of offcuts from their previous work. But that would be rather unfair. Waters rearranged the material to become a general critique of the futility of war, and also what he considered to be the betrayal of his father, and the project took on a life of its own.

In spite of the general sense of apathy towards this album among Pink Floyd fans I will come straight out and say that I dearly love it. It obviously doesn't bear comparison to the undoubted classics from their golden era during the 70's but there is a subtle intensity and deep melancholic substance to this album that makes 'The Wall' seem puerile by comparison. Yes, there is no 'Comfortably Numb', Gilmour is often reduced to a bit-part player and the music itself is largely withdrawn and retrospective in nature but the lyrics demonstrate such heartfelt sincerity that I am drawn into this every single time I play it. There is little of the biting social commentary that characterised 'Animals', this is a far more personal affair. 'They flutter behind you your possible pasts, some bright-eyed and crazy, some frightened and lost' laments Waters on 'Your Possible Pasts' on which he explores the 'what might have beens' set against a backdrop of wartime England. There is also a contribution from Gilmour on lead guitar on this song with an awesomely emotional and tasteful solo. 'Paranoid Eyes', a contemplative examination of the effects of wartime service on veterans, contains some of the most gut-wrenchingly emotional lyrical work ever penned by Waters. 'You put on your brave face and slip over the road for a jar, fixing your grin as you casually lean on the bar, laughing too loud at the rest of the world, with the boys in the crowd, you hide hide hide,behind petrified eyes' sings Waters as our protagonist bravely faces the post-war world that he feels so detached from and attempts falteringly to fit back into society without daring to 'let the shield slip'.

Waters pays a homage to the family members and potential widows that are left behind in wartime on the emotive 'Southampton Dock' as 'in quiet desperation, knuckles white upon the slippery reins, she bravely waves the boys goodbye again'. Some of the old biting satire comes into play on 'The Fletcher Memorial Home' where Waters postulates an old age sanctuary for the likes of Thatcher, Reagan and Brezhnev where 'they can polish their medals and sharpen their smiles, and amuse themselves playing games for a while, boom boom, bang bang, lie down you're dead'. Another fantastic solo from Gilmour here. It has never ceased to amaze me how the man could produce more emotion in two notes than most guitarists could conjure up in a lifetime. Musically the standout song could well be the title track with its gorgeously plaintive piano sections and a Gilmour solo that approaches near perfection. However, this is an album needs to be played through from start to finish to be fully appreciated.

Forget the nonsense about this not being a real Pink Floyd album. Forget the fact that Gilmour is underused. Don't compare this with the undisputed classics such as 'Animals' and 'Dark Side of the Moon'. Take it for what it is, a highly personal lyrical journey examining the futility of war set against beautifully subtle arrangements and some wonderfully emotive contributions from Dave Gilmour on lead guitar. You can feel the tension on here. A dark and forbidding masterpiece dripping with melancholic angst.



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Titan
October 9th 2012



4799 Comments


great album, great review

ViperAces
October 9th 2012



12358 Comments


Should probably check this out sometime.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



18622 Comments


damn i love floyd but haven't heard this one. good review as always POS

Digging: Somos - Temple of Plenty

ViperAces
October 9th 2012



12358 Comments


Atari youre digging 7SOA7S? Thought you have already heard it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



18622 Comments


Yeah i've heard it many times lol doesn't mean I can't dig it!

Do people usually only dig albums they've just heard?

ViperAces
October 9th 2012



12358 Comments


I dig albums Im about to hear/just started listening to. I think that it means this but I could be
wrong obv.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



14508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nah corse not, if you are really into some old stuff that you've known for ages you dig it, least i do, and thx for feedback guys this aint an easy album to get into it's like some chick with glasses that works at the library you dont fancy but when you get to know her she's quite appealing and ends up being a long term shag

Digging: Atomic Ape - Swarm

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



18622 Comments


I just dig whatever I feel like lol but you could be right.

Iron maiden is my favorite metal band as you probably know and SSOASS is my favorite album by them so ya.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



18218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review bro, pos'd.

I really like this album (although not quite as much as you) and despite Gilmour taking a back seat for most of the album, I think it has some of his most underrated guitar solos.

Digging: Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes

KILL
October 9th 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wish i dug it as hard as you man but its still good shit, the wall lite tho!!!!!!!

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



18622 Comments


@viper, thanks for reminding me to update my digs by the way ;D

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



14508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ye i know im out on a limb a bit with the rating but we all have our quirks i spose

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



18218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm tempted to bump my rating up to a 4 actually.

Titan
October 9th 2012



4799 Comments


not now menawati

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



14508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck all that we gotta get on with these lol

TheNotrap
October 9th 2012



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"A dark and forbidding masterpiece dripping with melancholic angst."
Indeed.

Excellent album and very enjoyable review, have a pos.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



14508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes, a 4.5er, top man

evilford
October 9th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DUDE



POS'D HAAAAARRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD



great review, great album I love you

evilford
October 9th 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

totally agree with what you said about this making the wall seem puerile (even though I had to look up the definition) in comparison. this album has deep, deep scarred pieces of Roger in it and really is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

Also, The Fletcher Memorial Home and Two Suns in the Sunset are amazing

also, The Hero's Return might be the single most haunting song I have ever heard

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2012



14508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love for final cut, damn sputnik has some golden users



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