The Wall ReviewSwagFlicks Genres: Art Rock, Progressive Rock
Best songs: Comfortably Numb, Young Lust
Worst songs: The Trial, Waiting For the Worms, In the Flesh, Goodbye Cruel World, Stop, Outside The Wall
This album... oh boy, this album.
This may be the worst rock album I've ever heard. Why, exactly, you may ask? Well, there's a variety of reasons, but most of it comes from Roger Waters putting himself at the center of attention, both figuratively and literally.
First off, the concept. The album's storyline follows a rockstar named Pink, and his mental deterioration, leading him to build a mental wall to get rid of his problems. An important fact: this is based off of experiences Roger Waters himself had. That's all fine and good, if you want to talk about yourself, I literally have no problem with that. However, Waters takes it a step further, by playing the role of the tortured soul. Yes, Pink may have been oppressed for a majority of his life, but I don't get how it makes him exactly "tortured". Furthermore, the reason Pink finishes building the "wall" is due to his wife cheating on him and subsequently leaving him for another man. That I can somewhat understand. But here's why that reason for him finishing the wall is invalid. On the track Young Lust, Pink mentions having casual sex with groupies. That means that he's essentially barricading himself off from the world for SOMETHING THAT WAS HIS FAULT. Seriously, if we want to sympathize with Pink, how about he barricades himself off for something that wasn't his fault?
And that's not even mentioning the extremely pointless racism, homophobia, and antisemitism on the tracks In the Flesh and Waiting for the Worms. On those tracks, Pink, questioning the loyalty of his fans, while in a drug-induced state, singles out black people, gay people, and Jewish people, ordering them up against the wall. There's honestly no reason for this to even occur, and even if there was, it just makes Pink look like a sh*tty person even more, leaving me to question: "Is there a reason to sympathize with an a**hole like this?" And that's not to mention the filler tracks like Vera, Mother, and Is There Anybody Out There?, all of which are awful, awful songs.
Now we get to the production of the album, and honestly, apart from what is admittedly a brilliant final solo on Comfortably Numb, a somewhat interesting surreal feel on The Trial, the common motif on Another Brick in the Wall, and the arena rock feel on Young Lust, the production is bland and grating. I can stand minimalist production if it's artistic, but what I can't stand is uninteresting production. Seriously, listen to any track besides the ones I listed, and I guarantee that you won't be interested in the production one bit. It's not the forward-thinking Pink Floyd was known for, and I'll be damned if it isn't a low point in rock history.
The vocals, like the lyrics, have been pushed aside from the norm, and replaced with the shrill grunts and shouts of Roger Waters. Like, forget singers like Chester Bennington and IceJJFish, Roger Waters is perhaps the most broken singer in the history of music. Every time he sings, it's like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz moving without oil. His voice cracks constantly, and since he sings for the entirety of the album, it's a torture-fest for the ages. We may get a saving grace from David Gilmour every now and then, but it's too few and far in between to be passable.
This album disappointed me immensely. I loved Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, the former held a spot in my top 10 for a while, and the latter holding one of the greatest rock songs of all time. However, this album here, not only is one of the worst albums of all time, it is both the worst rock album of all time, and holds the worst rock song of all time. That is a low I rarely see in music, and it makes me baffled beyond measure.
This is SwagFlicks, and Unknown Pleasures is definitely coming next.
Hm, - WonkeyDude98
*grabs popcorn* - djpenquin999
b ias - visitor
How is this bias? - SwagFlicks
"I loved Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, the former held a spot in my top 10 for a while, and the latter holding one of the greatest rock songs of all time."
Yes, that is very biased. - djpenquin999
You are not helping, - visitor
This is an "interesting" review, but all opinions aside, I'm afraid you are wrong with this one. Labeling it worst rock album of all-time is kind of uh...dumb. I'm guessing you assume this album to be worse than say Nickelback's Silver Side Up or Creed's Weathered or other terrible rock albums. Perhaps, it is more of an over exaggeration but still a very dumb over exaggeration. Not trying to personally attack you, I think you have a great taste in music but I think a relisten of this album is needed for you. - cjWriter1997
It's the worst rock album I've heard thus far. How can I be wrong with that? - SwagFlicks
Over Linkin Park?
Over Limp Bizkit? - djpenquin999
Then what other rock albums have you heard then. Clearly not a lot based on that statement. - cjWriter1997
Note that I don't exactly include metal in with rock, so I'm not counting any metal albums in as well.
Here's a list of the rock albums and EPs that I have listened to.
-Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
-The White Album
-The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
-Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!
-Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven
-In the Court of the Crimson King
-A Moon Shaped Pool
-Hail to the Thief
-To Be Kind
-The Glowing Man
-The Dark Side of the Moon
-Wish You Were Here
-The Black Parade
-The Velvet Underground & Nico
-Dolls of Highland
I've rated Watch Me by Ronnie Radke as the worst thing rap-related I've ever heard. I've rated What Time It Is by IceJJFish as the worst thing R&B related I've ever heard. I've rated #NEWGOREORDER by Borgore as the worst thing EDM related I've ever heard. I have unconventional picks for the worst albums in specific genres; this shouldn't be an exception.
Also, who knows, this might not be the worst rock album I've ever heard, once I listen to some more rock albums. But for the time being, this is the worst rock album I've ever heard, and there's really not much anyone can do to change my mind. - SwagFlicks
From what I've seen, taste changes drastically over time. I'll admit I was a huge Linkin Park fanboy in my early teens. There's still some of my remixes on this site that show exactly that. They are really kind of embarrassing. But now, I don't really k ow what I like. Just anything that sounds unique and has a distinct an interesting style.
And after all, it is your opinion, no doubt. So I'm not going to be angered or anything. Thanks for keeping it civil with me. It's really hard to discuss music without being insulted in some way. Have a good day. - cjWriter1997
Same to you. - SwagFlicks