Number 10. – The Final Cut – Pink Floyd
I think the main reason why people hate this album so much is not because of the music, but because of the background to this album. In fact, the back cover says it all: “A requiem to the post war dream. By Roger Waters. Performed by Pink Floyd.” Roger Waters was Pink Floyd at the time. And then there are a lot of piano ballads on here. But I like them. And I surprisingly like the more rocking tunes (The Hero’s Return, Not Now John) not quite as much as the more silent piano ballads. Although I do care about the history beyond an album, what it all comes down to is if it is good music. And, well, I am completely on minority on this, but this is exactly the kind of music I like. I like sad, epic piano ballads and orchestration and all that stuff. And that’s why The Final Cut is so appealing to me. I don’t care if Gilmour or Wright participated or if Roger Waters was taking control of all that was once Pink Floyd, I just want to listen to good music. Lyrically, this is a masterpiece. These are probably Roger Waters’ most touching lyrics. I know a lot of people won’t agree, but I think he has a good voice, and it really stands out on this record. I don’t know about you, but I think lines like “was it for this that daddy died?” are simply heartbreaking. And when I heard Waters singing “Shall we shout, shall we scream, what happened to the post war dream?” I knew this album was going to be an interesting experience. In conclusion, The Final Cut isn’t even half as bad as the reviews on here might lead you to believe. My suggestion is to listen to this with an open mind. What makes this album so great are the lyrics, Roger’s voice and all those epic but sad moments on here. One of the most depressing albums I’ve heard so far.