is this the Life We Really Want? Columbia ✪✪✪✪✪
Roger Waters’ first solo rock album since 1992 starts off with the familiar heartbeat and a vocal montage that immediately harks back to Dark Side Of The Moon, implying that there is still very much a Floydian connection here – and it’s not alone. Picture That references the mood of One Of These Days, for instance, and there are many more. But let’s not dwell on the past. The word ‘dystopian’ is often used in association with Waters’ work and that’s very much the case here. Tracks like The Last Refugee fit in with the subject matter he addressed on the very excellent Amused To Death, to the extent that this album could almost be its sequel. It’s dark, for sure - but compelling at the same time, with excellent songwriting and sonic surprises galore – and ranks among his finest post-Wall work.