The Wall, an album review

An album review by: Lee Sonogan

(1979) 80:53min/Art rock, progressive rock, progressive pop

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“Hello? Is there anybody in there?” – Pink Floyd

The Wall is the eleventh album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was released as a double album on 30 November 1979, by Harvest Records and by Columbia Records. Initially it got mixed critical reaction, then The Wall peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart, while it was first on the US Billboard 200 chart for 15 weeks. In 1982, it was adapted into a feature film of the same name. The Wall is recognized as one of the most famous concept albums of all time. I would of liked seeing this band play live with most of the songs in this album.

Bass guitarist and lyricist Roger Waters said the album was a rock opera during Pink Floyd’s 1977 In the Flesh Tour. Its story, which follows themes of abandonment and personal isolation, explores Pink, a character whom Waters modelled after himself and the band’s original leader Syd Barrett. The story begins with the loss of his father during WW2, and continues with abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother, and the breakdown of his marriage. All contributed to his self-imposed isolation from society, represented by a metaphorical wall. The band, who were then struggling with personal and financial difficulties, supported the ideas.

Album track listing:

  • In the Flesh?
  • The Thin Ice
  • Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 1
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives
  • Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2
  • Mother
  • Goodbye Blue Sky
  • Empty Spaces
  • Young Lust
  • One of My Turns
  • Don’t Leave Me Now
  • Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 3
  • Goodbye Cruel World
  • Hey You
  • Is There Anybody Out There?
  • Nobody Home
  • Vera
  • Bring the Boys Back Home
  • Comfortably Numb
  • The Show Must Go On
  • In The Flesh
  • Run Like Hell
  • waiting for the Worms
  • Stop
  • The Trial
  • Outside the Wall

By 1999, the album had sold over 23 million RIAA-certified units (11.5 million albums), making it the third-highest certified album in the US. In 2003, Rolling Stone placed The Wall at number 87 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. I first heard of Pink Floyd from my mother. Overhearing this album in particular. When I got into music I liked covers of Pink Floyd songs. As my taste for quality music grew I listen to this whole album. I could Listen to this album over and over now.

Overall each song is different, and the album is consistent. The storys in the songs all make sense. Musical rhythms are all different and make the consistency of the album. Vocals are also perfectly executed. This album is an album you got to listen to in order to appreciate it more. Original concepts are big and wide in each song. Listening to this album I want to watch their film they made. I recommend this album to everyone and can see how it can influence people in a positive way.

8.2/10

“We don’t need no education 
We dont need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall.
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.” Pink Floyd

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