After touring around the world with “The Wall” since I-don’t-know-how-many years, he decided that it is time to release his new album, which is probably the best album of his solo career!
Roger Waters can be proud of this album, because this is his best work since his days with Pink Floyd (since “The Wall”, to be accurate).
A deeply political – once more – album, including melancholic but beautiful moments, (like “Déjà Vu”, for example), mixed with more powerful Floyd-influenced songs (“Picture that”), overcoated with a very good production.
If you grew up with “The Wall”, the album will sound very familiar to your ears.
All the ingredients that Roger Waters used for “The Wall” are present once again.
Well, maybe the compositions are less inspired this time, but who could blame him for that?
For the recordings almost ten musicians were used, and the production was made by Nigel Godrich, the producer of Radiohead.
According to the press release, the album contains “unflinching commentary on the modern world and uncertain times”.
The album contains 12 tracks and has a total running time of 55 minutes.
It is available in CD, Vinyl, and Digital format.
I listened to this album 4 times so far, and every time I discover more and more things that I like in it.
Also, it is very difficult for me to pick just a few songs, because I see it as a massive piece of work, and not just as songs that were gathered to fill an album.
But despite that, I will try to mention a few songs that I like the most; “Déjà Vu”, “Picture that”, “Broken Bones” and “Smell the Roses”.
“Is this the life we really want?” is a very good album, definitely worth buying!
I am not going to use words like “modern masterpiece” etc, but it is a very good work, which most probably will enter my annual top-10 album list for 2017.
Give it a try!
My rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.