Pink Floyd, The Final Cut

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 06.08.11 in Reviews

The Final Cut (2011 - Remaster)

Pink Floyd
A rage-filled and bitterly humorless anti-war concept album

If anyone thought Roger Waters would lighten up a bit following The Wall's multi-platinum success, they were sorely disappointed. An anti-war concept album so rage-filled and bitterly humorless it makes The Wall sound like a Monty Python record, 1983's The Final Cut was inspired by the Falklands War and what Waters saw as U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's jingoism-motivated decision to prosecute an unnecessary war. The Falklands conflict also brought up more of Waters' grief over the loss of his father in World War II — a topic he'd already touched upon on several previous Pink Floyd albums, including The Wall — and thus The Final Cut also became an elegy to his late father, whose death Waters saw as symbolic of the way that nations betray their own citizens in time of war. A Waters solo album in all but name, The Final Cut is an easier album to admire than it is to enjoy; unlike Wish You Were Here, The Wall or even Animals, there aren't enough hooks or melodies in songs like "Not Now John," "Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert" or "Two Suns in the Sunset" to render Waters' rants aurally digestible, even if you agree with the points he's making.