To each his own Lone Wolf! If you like a good "tune" and don't worry so much about lyrics, you're a lot like Gilmour, so little wonder you don't care as much for the albums where he's less present. I'll be the first to admit that Roger is/was not as good at melody as Gilmour, though it is interesting to note that Waters penned their two biggest hit singles ("Money" and "Another Brick, Pt 2"). I like great lyrics and Roger always delivers that, but I also find Roger's music far from abysmal. That's me though. Again, it's down to taste.
@Topper - yeah, fair points, I guess I just don't see LYRICALLY what is so different on The Final Cut than what Waters would do on albums like Radio KAOS, Amused to Death or even Animals. He tends to be direct and hard-hitting and not stray too far from his favorite themes. To me, it's the music that is different on The Final Cut more than the lyrics, but that's my take. And yeah, I can see the Gilmour fans liking Two Suns because it is a little calmer and more laid back, more like what Gilmour himself might write. That and Not Now John seem to be favorites of the Gilmour fans since the latter features Gilmour singing co-lead on the vocals. I personally like The Gunner's Dream, The Fletcher Memorial Home, the title track, The Hero's Return and The Post War Dream the most. And the rest are fine too although Paranoid Eyes is one I can kinda do without.
Re, Barrett, I must confess to not knowing a lot of that stuff. I have the "Works" cd and do like the singles ("See Emily Play" and "Arnold Layne") and I've heard 1 or 2 other cuts, but have never heard the full album he did with Floyd. I've seen enough to know that he definitely had a unique point of view and gift at writing. I guess the music itself just sounds a little dated to me, so i've never really sought it out, but I shall at some point! Totally agree that Waters is/was a tortured soul, but clearly Barrett was going on a journey that only he could relate to or describe in any way.
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