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Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by Alec Taylor » Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:01 pm

So much for Heartland. :lol:

It looks like Roger Waters' new album for 2017 is being called Is This The Life We Really Want?. He's got a promo video put up on his Facebook page, but I don't know how to link to that here.
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by quicksilver » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:40 pm

I kind of liked Heartland......
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by Alec Taylor » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:05 pm

It rolls off the tongue a little easier. Listening to the promo, it sounds like something from The Endless River.
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Post by Artisan » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:33 pm

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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by The Silver Lining » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:18 pm

HOLY SHIT YES OH MY GOD.

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I did like Heartland. But looking at this video, the concept of it looks nice. I am so extremely psyched for this. D:
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Post by quicksilver » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:12 pm

I wonder if he'll be using the same musicians that that toured with him the past few years.
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by Alec Taylor » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:00 pm

I feel like this project is the same one as Heartland, he just settled on a different name. I know that the project was supposed to be some sort of narrative between a man and his grandson or something, about how the world is now and whether or not it's a good place for children to grow up in. I think? I can't remember, but it was something along those lines. The new title fits that still, and it even has that classic "this title is way too fucking long Jesus Christ why is this title way too long" title length that Roger once enjoyed while grooving with a Pict.
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Post by Dyolf » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:17 pm

The Silver Lining wrote:I am so extremely psyched for this. D:
I'm not. I'll buy it, but I'm not getting excited. Roger's problem is he needs a producer to rein him in - just look at Amused to Death; there's a good album in there but it's very dense and a struggle to listen to from start to finish.
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by quicksilver » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:40 pm

Dyolf wrote:
The Silver Lining wrote:I am so extremely psyched for this. D:
I'm not. I'll buy it, but I'm not getting excited. Roger's problem is he needs a producer to rein him in - just look at Amused to Death; there's a good album in there but it's very dense and a struggle to listen to from start to finish.
You're right about that. He does need a someone to balance him out a bit.
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Post by The Silver Lining » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:17 pm

I agree 100%. I'm a huge Roger Waters fan, and he's my favorite (ex) Pink Floyd member by far, so I'm beyond excited regardless. All of Roger's solo albums have been unpolished and have lacked musical consistency, but I enjoy them thoroughly anyway. I think I'm someone who doesn't really require a polished end-product in general -- I see nothing wrong with the album Tonight's The Night by Neil Young for instance. In fact I don't even mind when Roger sings out of key.

In my book, nobody trumps Roger's ability to write lyrics and clever chord structures. I'm dying to hear a new album of his.
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by Alec Taylor » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:49 pm

I went into Amused to Death and enjoyed it at first. But it started to drag really, really fast, and the entire thing just became a chore like halfway through.
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Post by The Silver Lining » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:38 pm

AtD is way, way too long. I think in the early nineties, the emergence of the CD format made everyone think that people's attention spans had magically become twice as long. The result should have been more good music, but instead it was just more filler music.
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Post by Alec Taylor » Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:10 pm

The Silver Lining wrote:AtD is way, way too long. I think in the early nineties, the emergence of the CD format made everyone think that people's attention spans had magically become twice as long. The result should have been more good music, but instead it was just more filler music.
So many good ideas ruined by the first few steps into the world of CDs. We Can't Dance could have been a very polished and refined piece of dark art rock full of clever jabs at society, but they filled it out with boring-as-shit love songs that no one cared about or needed. Ironically, I find that The Division Bell is too short and could have been better as a double album with The Endless River incorporated into it. I had that remix project on my Google Drive a while back, but deleted it recently since it's been a while.
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Post by The Silver Lining » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:40 pm

A news article says it will be released on May 19th: http://consequenceofsound.net/2017/03/r ... ler-watch/

Apparently, he brought in Nigel Godrich for this album -- that's the guy who also has produced a couple of Radiohead albums. Quicksilver's comment about needing someone to reel Roger in might have been a bit of a prophecy then. Here's to hoping Godrich was allowed to give a lot of input, because this might really be what Roger Waters needs.

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Post by Alec Taylor » Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:43 pm

I'm still going to give this a shot, but I've never been too deep into Roger's solo work. If it keeps some sort of balance between music and studio tricks and isn't 100% overbearing with its lyrical subjects, I think it'll be a great listen. Those have been the only real problems I've had with his work, but maybe that's why I like Radio KAOS.
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Post by Dyolf » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:36 pm

The Silver Lining wrote:Quicksilver's comment about needing someone to reel Roger in might have been a bit of a prophecy then.
Ahem! :roll:
Dyolf wrote:Roger's problem is he needs a producer to rein him in - just look at Amused to Death; there's a good album in there but it's very dense and a struggle to listen to from start to finish.
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by The Silver Lining » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:07 pm

Whoops, sorry! I even checked before I posted, but I guess I checked wrong. :|
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Post by FrowningBanana » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:14 pm

Holy shit, "Smell The Roses" is great. http://ultimateclassicrock.com/roger-wa ... the-roses/

Album available for preorder, comes out June 2nd. https://www.amazon.com/This-Life-Really ... marturl-20
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by Alec Taylor » Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:58 pm

That song is just "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", down to having almost the same exact chord progression. Roger Waters has the lyrics, but Jesus Christ what a let down from a musical perspective. If this album is just Animals II then it's going to be a pass from me, because I couldn't even finish this new song without getting caught up in how much of a lazy rip-off it is.
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by Floydy » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:38 am

I think it sounds like a cross between Have A Cigar and Pigs (Three Different Ones) It also sounds like it was recorded in a matchbox.

I've also found the tracklist.

1. "When We Were Young" 1:38
2. "Déjà Vu" 4:27
3. "The Last Refugee" 4:12
4. "Picture That" 6:47
5. "Broken Bones" 4:57
6. "Is This the Life We Really Want?" 5:55
7. "Bird in a Gale" 5:31
8. "The Most Beautiful Girl" 6:09
9. "Smell the Roses" 5:15
10. "Wait for Her" 4:56
11. "Oceans Apart" 1:07
12. "Part of Me Died" 3:12
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by The Silver Lining » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:54 pm

I listened to Smell the Roses, but didn't like it that much. Maybe I should give it another chance.

I didn't notice the similarity with Pigs though.
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by Artisan » Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:34 pm

I heard very clear influence from Have a Cigar, not from Pigs. It did seem like a deliberate attempt to recreate every era of Floyd in one (besides the early 70s which they don't talk about anyway), but is that really a bad thing?

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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by Alec Taylor » Wed May 03, 2017 4:53 pm

Guess I'm the only one then. :lol:

I didn't even think "Have a Cigar", but I guess that song and "Pigs" have a somewhat similar style to them.
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Post by Dyolf » Mon May 08, 2017 1:36 pm

The second single, "Déjà Vu" has been released. It is, apparently a song which has existed for some time but used to be called "If I Had Been God" or something. Anyway, it's rather bland. So far these two singles have not gotten me at all excited about this album.
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Re: Is This The Life We Really Want?

Post by quicksilver » Mon May 08, 2017 6:48 pm

"Déjà Vu" (all over again) same ole, same ole for me. I had to force myself to get through the entire 4:30.
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