8. The Gunner’s Dream (1983)
This spotlight from The Final Cut sees Roger Waters assume full management musically and lyrically. The deserves of monomania may be debated elsewhere, however the brazen sax solo, light-touch strings, plaintive keys and delicate, eloquent poetry hit like a hammer.
7. When The Tigers Broke Free (1979)
Famously rejected from The Wall, solely to discover a extra suitable home within the movie of the identical name, Roger Waters’ heart-breaking and livid examination of his father’s mindless dying on the Battle of Anzio in WWII pinpoints the precise moment when the grandiose gave approach to the introspective. A masterclass in slow-build dramatic tension, the addition of navy brass provides an additional layer of pathos.
6. In The Flesh (1979)
The malevolent twin to its question-marked album opener on The Wall, if fascist rallies had a house band, that is what their intro would sound like. With a portentous riff and snarling hate-speech from Roger Waters’ totally credible in-character dictator, Pink Floyd have by no means journeyed down darker paths earlier than or since.
5. Sheep (1977)
A loose and propulsive exercise hanging over from Wish You Were Here, Sheep shares that album’s robotic keyboard motif and the bass-driven jam vibe of earlier materials. The hooky pop guitar, nevertheless, only midway masks Roger Waters’ ire at those that George Orwell would have presumably named sheeple if he’d considered it first.
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