Review: Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want?

Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want?
Columbia

1. When We Were Young
2. Déjà Vu
3. The Last Refugee
4. Picture That
5. Broken Bones
6. Is This The Life We Really Want?
7. Bird In A Gale
8. The Most Beautiful Girl
9. Smell The Roses
10. Wait For Her
11. Oceans Apart
12. A Part Of Me Died


Roger Waters returns with his first original album since 1992’s ‘Amused To Death’ with ‘Is This The Life We Really Want?’.

The genius behind Pink Floyd shows again why that moniker is warranted, crafting songs filled with anger, bile, sadness and the occasional tender moment all whilst forcing you to think about not just your actions but the actions of the world and the people we place into power. War and combat are general themes with in Waters’ cannon but with ‘Is This The Life We Really Want?’ he takes more of a look at what is left when such conflicts are waged and how it affects us as people of the world.

The album feels like the 4th part of a collection moving from Pink Floyd releases ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, ‘The Wall’ and ‘The Final Cut’ to the previously mentioned solo offering ‘Amused To Death’.

The records sound is what you would expect if you are a fan of Rogers Waters, It has the essence of Pink Floyd and his previous solo work naturally, however the album lacks any Floyd style lead guitar parts but they really aren’t needed here, we are treated to audio samples of explosions, london tube announcements, radio broadcasts and the speaking clock, which is a standard part of that Roger Waters sound and style in which is always used to paint a picture or make a point.

You can hear the influence and style of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich (who takes the reins on the record) throughout giving the album a sort of Pink Floyd/Radiohead mashup type vibe on certain songs.

After my first listen to the record I placed it as Waters’ second best solo offering behind ‘Amused To Death’ and felt that it would stay there but now after several listens I have fallen more and more in love with it and I think that many people will find this is also the case and would suggest anyone unsure about the album give it a few listens to really let it sink in and settle in your consciousness.

‘Is This The Life We Really Want?’ is a sublime album and again shows why Roger Waters is one of the best songwriters to ever come out of the UK, even though he is always overlooked when such lists are put together. This record can sit more comfortably next to your Pink Floyd collection than the bands 2014’s The Endless River or indeed any David Gilmour Floyd era release barring The Division Bell which is by far the best of his reign as band leader. This record is a must for any true Pink Floyd fan as well as those of Roger Waters as a solo artist in his own right.

STANDOUT TRACKS: All Of Them
RATING:10/10

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