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Final Cut [Import, Original recording remastered]

Pink FloydAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 6, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Japan
  • ASIN: B0051C5CO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
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101 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly criticized. July 11, 2005
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An album with a perhaps somewhat-undeserved reputation, Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut" is listed on the back cover as "A Requiem for the Post-War Dream by Roger Waters, performed by Pink Floyd". This is probably the most accurate way to look at the record, it is a Roger Waters album, with David Gilmour and Nick Mason part of the backing band (keyboardist Richard Wright had been ejected from the band and even Mason's contributions were limited, with a percussionist added and another drummer on the closing track).

The album, like all the Floyd records prior, follows a concept-- intermingling reflections on the then-current world political climate (notably Thatcher's attack on the Falkland Islands) with the story of a soldier coming back from war to find the world quite changed (evidentally parts of this were originally written for "The Wall" to provide backstory for the teacher, who was also a veteran like the protagonist's father). Several themes are reprised a couple times throughout the album, most notably the "what have we done" vocal, which reappears sung or hummed (per suggestion of Nick Mason) throughout the record.

The result is a dense, lyrically-driven album that, like "The Wall" before it, largely abandons the open structures found on previous Floyd records. With Waters firmly in control and pushing his lyrical message, Gilmour's guitar is largely restrained and there's little of the openness and expansive structures of the previous albums.
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229 of 260 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give It a Chance February 23, 2005
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The 12th studio album that was done by Pink Floyd is also the most polarizing one - it is one that is either loved or hated.

I remember when I first got into Floyd; I was absolutely mesmerized by the whole package - lyrics, sound effects, guitar solos, the whole 9 yards. Of course, I consider myself a firm Gilmour man and don't get me wrong - Dave is still my all-time favorite guitarist. However, the more I listened to the Roger dominated albums like "Animals", "The Wall", and "The Final Cut" compared to what came out after this album, it is no contest to me - Roger was TRULY Pink Floyd. Yea, Gilmour is the better musician and the better singer, but he can't write songs like Roger can and he definitely does not have the creative vision of a Waters.

People are right in that "The Final Cut" is essentially more of a solo album for Roger than an actual Floyd album but what about "A Momentary Lapse of Reason"? That album didn't even have Rick Wright or Waters and Nick Mason appears on only half that album - so, if "The Final Cut" is indeed Roger's first solo album, then AMLOR is Gilmour's 3rd solo album. The point of mentioning this is to simply say that Roger Waters is not the only person in Floyd who tried to pass off a solo album as a "Floyd album" - so it gets tiresome to read when people complain about that with "The Final Cut" but never mention the next "Floyd album".

The point is that no one truly knows what was going on with Roger at that time in his life - the dude was having some serious issues, but he was still able to put together some amazing stuff. Sure the lack of guitar solos is disappointing, but when they do appear in songs like "The Post War Dream", "The Fletcher Memorial Home", and "Not Now John", they are simply outstanding.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Final Cut...The Last Straw for David Gilmour May 11, 2002
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This often brilliant but flawed album is the nearest thing to a Roger Waters solo album in the Pink Floyd catalog, much as "Momentary Lapse of Reason" would be the nearest thing to a David Gilmour solo album in said catalog. Keyboardist Rick Wright, responsible for the lush keyboard textures that helped characterize Pink Floyd's sound up to 1977's "Animals", had been forced out of the group three years earlier. Drummer Nick Mason's creative involvement had declined sharply since "Dark Side of the Moon", and guitarist David Gilmour, who had co-written such classics from the previous Pink Floyd album, "The Wall" as "Young Lust", "Run Like Hell", and "Comfortably Numb", got no writing credits in edgewise this time, was ousted from the production team, and was reduced along with Mason to the status of sideman alongside a bevy of session players, one of whom even replaced Nick Mason on drums on one of the songs.
"The Final Cut" was the culmination of a trend that started with "Dark Side of the Moon", the first Pink Floyd concept album with all lyrics by Waters, in which all tracks segued into the next and leitmotifs, especially in the form of sound effects, were used to reinforce the album "concept". Since it worked so well, it seemed the right idea to keep doing it for future albums. But with every subsequent album Waters' concepts and lyrics became more personal and he, understandably, wanted greater control over the album projects, and arguably came to see them as "his" rather than the group's.
"The Wall" however was a commercial success despite this tendency. Co-producer Bob Ezrin's imput helped make a narrative that was very personal to Roger Waters a more universal statement about authoritarianism, alienation and isolation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 8 days ago by JOSÉ ENRIQUE COELLO C
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed the album greatly since revisiting it
When this first came out we were all dissapointed at the lack of commercial appeal. With the wisdom of age I appreciate this as a work of art - a dark view - but an impressive work... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Andrew Glivic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by N. A. Bork
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of an era
Always wanted to here this album harder to find in the stores so i got a good deal here not there best stuff but if your a fan you buy any way
Published 1 month ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It is Floyd - what is not to like?
Published 1 month ago by CGG
5.0 out of 5 stars great
one of Floyd's best
Published 1 month ago by Seth or Sandi
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Worst album by Pink Floyd. Which makes it better than 99% of what's being called music these days.
Published 1 month ago by DJ Jimmy D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good, on time, excelent album
Published 1 month ago by allan campos garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars It is the perfect tribute to Roger Waters' father and a powerful...
I'm team Gilmour, but I still respect the hell out of Waters and his struggles as a son of the "Greatest Generation". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Despairingly beautiful..
For me it's a musical masterpiece. I doubt Mozart could write an album more emotional, an opera more relevant for our times. Despairingly beautiful...
Published 2 months ago by Kevin Whelan
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