Is This The Life We Re­ally Want?

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Is this the al­bum we re­ally want? First im­pres­sions are of a Floyd com­pi­la­tion, so there many sonic sounda­likes to be found – not just Wa­ters’ trademark sneer and pot­ty­mouthed sar­casm, ei­ther, but beats and ar­range­ments con­jur­ing “Mother”, “Money” or, on “Smell the Roses”, the hook from “Have a Ci­gar” and mid­dle eight from “Dogs”. It must be de­lib­er­ate – he puts ac­tual dog barks on the “Dogs” crib — but hey, if any­one has the right to sound Floy­dian, it’s Wa­ters. There’s plenty to en­joy as he ap­plies his dark and frus­trated hu­mour to a world 25 years re­moved from the apoc­a­lyp­tic pre­de­ces­sor, Amused To Death. The ti­tle track of­fers some fresh atonal em­pha­sis and new century themes — a mo­ment of for­ward mo­men­tum on an al­bum which faces his past so squarely, though one that in­cludes im­pec­ca­ble pro­duc­tion wrig­gling with acous­tic chat­ter and au­dio­philia to make any sound sys­tem siz­zle. JEZ FORD

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