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The Wall

Pink Floyd

1979

The Wall

Album Summary

The Wall is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released on 30 November 1979 by Harvest/EMI and Columbia/CBS Records. It is a rock opera that explores Pink, a jaded rock star whose eventual self-imposed isolation from society forms a figurative wall. The album was a commercial success, topping the US charts for 15 weeks and reaching number three in the UK. It initially received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found it overblown and pretentious, but later received accolades as one of the greatest albums of all time and one of the band's finest works. Bassist Roger Waters conceived The Wall during Pink Floyd's 1977 In The Flesh tour, modelling the character of Pink after himself and former bandmate Syd Barrett. Recording spanned from December 1978 to November 1979. Producer Bob Ezrin helped to refine the concept and bridge tensions during recording, as the band members were struggling with personal and financial issues at the time. The Wall was the last album to feature Pink Floyd as a quartet; keyboardist Richard Wright was fired by Waters during production but stayed on as a salaried musician. Three singles were issued from the album: "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" (Pink Floyd's only UK and US number-one single), "Run Like Hell", and "Comfortably Numb". From 1980 to 1981, Pink Floyd performed the full album on a tour that featured elaborate theatrical effects. In 1982, The Wall was adapted into a feature film for which Waters wrote the screenplay. The Wall is one of the best-known concept albums. With over 30 million copies sold, it is the second best-selling album in the band's catalogue (behind The Dark Side of the Moon) and one of the best-selling albums of all time. Some of the outtakes from the recording sessions were used on the group's next album, The Final Cut (1983). In 2000, it was voted number 30 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. In 2003, 2012, and 2020, it was included in Rolling Stone's lists of the greatest albums of all time. From 2010 to 2013, Waters staged a new Wall live tour that became the highest-grossing tour by a solo musician.

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Rating

4.17

Votes

5043

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
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5

“The Wall” by Pink Floyd (1979) (Superlatives alert!) This concept album is a genre-defining progressive rock opera that became a classic immediately upon its release. It is an exquisite work of art, treating of the theme of individual introspection on a level with Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”, St. Augustine’s “Confessions”, and the book of Job. Sublimely harnessing all aspects of production, “The Wall” excels in composition, musicianship, engineering, storytelling, and performance. But the album’s power lies in its symbolic exploration of the human psyche, summarized in its central metaphor—traumatic phenomena which are defensively reduced to symbolization as “bricks in the wall”—as the cumulative antisocial and life denying effect of anesthesia, denial, and isolation. While the dramatic vehicle (autobiographical reminiscences of a ‘fictional’ rock star) can be fairly criticized as self indulgent, pretentious, overblown, and narcissistic, “The Wall” shares these features with other introspective works of art. Can one imagine trying to fully understand the works of Van Gogh without a progressive series of his self portraits? In order to come to grips with the human condition, the artist must look inside. And others might be put off by what the artist sees. But does the artist see with clarity? Does the artist see what might also be seen within the viewer/listener? Does the artist see the good, the true, and the beautiful? In “The Wall”, this vision becomes vivid. And it leads to redemption, if only in the discovery of the safe haven of stasis. We are richer, healthier, and more integrated as a result of joining Pink Floyd on the journey. Rock music as art doesn’t get any better than this. Music as art doesn’t get any better than this. Art doesn’t get any better than this. 5/5

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Comfortably shit

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5

Definitely a big part of my youth. I was captivated by this as a teenager. The fact that there was a film certainly added to the mystique/mythology. Listening to it now still has a strange emotional effect on me. I think it easily holds up as the best rock opera of all time, for me at least. I absolutely love the way it flows and the sound effects that are used throughout. Very cinematic listening experience. Always been a fan of Pink Floyd's experimentation and ever evolving sound. It all sort of culminates here. It always amazes me that they were able to be so successful while being so experimental/conceptual. Their last masterpiece made in the process of their own implosion. In my wildest fantasies RCE would produce something like this.

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I’m sure it’s very important and intellectual but here’s a “Concept” for an album: write some songs that I actually want to listen to.

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Shite. Shack eats lamb chops

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its amateur dramatics, shit musical theatre. if i'm going to get my jazz hands out and get into some musical theatre its gonna be meatloaf for his name is robert paulson. so in summary, this album is like regurgitated meatloaf.

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5

For all its grandiosity and self-indulgence, this is an incredibly tight 26 track album. As a concept album, it works commendably well, telling a coherent story throughout and moving through a notably diverse range of musical styles as it does. Some of Pink Floyd's best regarded tracks, like Comfortably Numb and Hey You, but there's so much more to enjoy here, such as the desperately sad yet beautiful 'Nobody Home' or the bombastic opening notes of 'In The Flesh'. Not Pink Floyd's greatest album, but this is their last great album.

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5

One of the greatest albums from one of the greatest bands of all time. Emotive, storytelling, beautiful, everything art rock should be.

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5

What an icon. I am biased, but this is my first 5 star album. Such an explosive piece of history.

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5

Not much to be said about this one. It's one of the greatest albums of all time. Another Brick in the Wall, Comfortably Numb, Hey You, Is There Andybody Out There?... the hits just keep coming on this one. It's an all-time great for a reason.

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5

Despite a good chunk of this album being ruined due to overexposure via classic rock stations nationwide, The Wall still holds up in its entirety. 5 stars.

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5

I have to admit I have never actually listened to the entire album. It was an experience. I'm glad I listened. I also read the album description provided by Apple Music. They had a pretty wild ride.

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5

Genre: Art Rock 5/5 Let me preface with this: I am not a fan of Pink Floyd. In my quest to listen to as much prog rock as possible, I blazed through their entire discography not very long ago, and I was rather disappointed with nearly everything I listened to. However, The Dark Side of the Moon is an unabashed classic, transcending genre, and is one of the all time greats. But this, in my opinion, is Pink Floyd's best album, and one of my all time favorites. The Wall is a tight knit, pop/art-rock opera, focusing more on storytelling in short bursts of musical energy, rather than spending their time indulging in prog epics. It features some of their biggest songs ever. Another Brick in the Wall, Hey You, *and* Comfortably Numb, all genuine classics, are all present here. Roger Waters takes over nearly all songwriting, and it's all really tremendously done. Whichever soundscape he seems to choose here, heavy and drudging, light and sweet, or cold and depressing, Waters hits the mark every time. They nearly go full Boston here. Young Lust sounds like a Tom Scholz ripoff (in a good way). Goodbye Blue Sky does the CSN sound to perfection here as well. Sitting beside Tommy and Metropolis Pt. 2, this is one of the greatest rock operas ever made.

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Overblown, overlong, overrated and just fucking boring.

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Some classics on here but god is it long. Never been in to Pink Floyd and this doesn't change my opinion - self indulgent with occasional decent songs. Some of the vocals are dreadful!

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The downward slope after Dark Side Of The Moon was steep. Indulgent and inappropriate, I fail to see how anyone could identify with this album. Definitely not worth the time.

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5

I need more stars to rate it correctly

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5

Gotta be the most excited I've been for an album in this generator. Transition from Happiest Days of Our Lives to Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2 is fucking insane, might be one of the best transitions I've ever heard in an album. Guitar solos in Comfortably Numb are insanely good And it might repeat endlessly?? ahhhhhh Already Saved: Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 Saved After Listening: Hey You, Comfortably Numb

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5

I am in awe of this album. The atmosphere the spoken word creates is not dissimilar to the way how Moby’s Play can make the listener smile or cry. And then, on top we have these layers of swirling guitars, driven by a powerful lead (particularly In the Flesh and In the Flesh?) which shows itself multiple times throughout the album, and is completely cathartic at the end. Goodbye Blue Sky, Hey You, Comfortably Numb and Mother are other big highlights

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I don’t love rock operas, but if you’re going to listen to/watch a rock opera, this is the definitive one IMO. The story of a baby boomer, born during the blitz, raised up in lower class England, to become a rockstar, hit the pitfalls of stardom, to grow old and die. It’s good but Just a little too long winded. I looked at the album thinking I was almost done, nope, not even halfway through. I understand with the movie the skits and interludes make more sense, but there’s just so much fat on this album. Some great riffs, epic moments, some awesome songs, 4.5 songs ish. But in my mind this album, though held up as the Pink Floyd gem, will just never stand up to the likes of echoes and dark side—which is a more efficient rock opera about the more existential questions. If I was rating rock operas I’d give this a 5, but since I’m grading albums I give it a 4.

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It feels wrong to give The Wall a 4/5. It's a mammoth maximal space rock opera epic that shoots for the moon and actually hits it. Somehow they pulled all the grandeur, ego, storytelling, instrumentation, production, and vision together into a fully realized monument. So what if there are at least 4 Pink Floyd albums I'd put on before this one (WYWH, Dark Side, Animals, Meddle). Maybe I'm as disillusioned as the protagonist? A-

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Oh boy, The Wall. I audibly sighed when this came up as the next album. Not that I dislike Pink Floyd in anyway (quite the contrary!), but The Wall is such a behemoth of a thing to tackle. Plus, having heard it before, I need to find the words to explain my feelings about this album. It's difficult, but I'll try. The Wall is impressive. It's Pink Floyd's most ambitious, sweeping work that tackles, sex, drugs, and rock n' roll but in a realistic way. It's not fun or cool or sexy, it's depressing and antisocial. It's a way to cope. It's also a double album, 80 minutes long, and I've got issues with double albums...but alas! We've got music to listen to, not just bemoan about. There's a great flow to the album which helps with pacing and overall structure. There a few what I'll call "bridge songs" that help get the track playlist from point A to B. For example, The Happiest Days of our Lives helps bridge Another Brick in the Wall Part 1 to Part 2. I would be fine with this, but then you have a bunch of great songs that string together without any sort of "bridge songs" (Brick in the Wall Part 2 through to Goodbye Blue Sky is particularly excellent), so it calls into question whether it acts as padding for the album. For what it's worth though, they all string together to form a cohesive story of mental breakdown and eventual isolation. Side 1 and 2 are good at this, making for a solid first half of the album. The second half, in my opinion, isn't nearly as strong. The songs wallow a bit in the depression, which I understand is the point, but they don't quite stack up until it hits Comfortably Numb. This song is so goddamn good. This is a turning point for the rest of the second half (with The Show Must Go On starting side 4) and things really pick up here. In The Flesh! is a great retread of In The Flesh? but now we have more context as to what's happening. It's great storytelling as far as the album goes. This side as a whole is about as climatic as it gets, with a huge build up to The Trial that, eventually, tears down The Wall in a big fashion. For this, we get to take a look around Outside the Wall. It's kind of nice, actually. The soft accordion, the children singing...hey, isn't this where- The Wall is a magnificent piece of work. It's The Goddamn Wall. It also stops itself short of being perfect in more than one way, which kind of hurts because it feels like it should be perfect. It ends up being really good, and that's not a bad thing. It just isn't what I hoped it would be.

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67 The Wall - Pink Floyd 26 tracks. I have absolutely no idea how I am meant to mark an album like this out of 5. Is it automatic 5 and anyone who gives it anything else should be stoned to death using Celine Dion CD's? ?/5 Ground-breaking & astonishing at the time is all well & good, but is it still enjoyable to listen to 42 years down the line? Until now I didn't know there were 2 parts of "Another brick in the wall". OMG there is a pt 3! Face with open mouthFace with tears of joy I wonder if I I have missed something 1st time around & maybe I need to just immerse myself in it & give it another go without interruptions & other things/sounds competing for my attention The question is do I want to listen to it again, and the answer is unfortunately no. And if it's not enjoyable to listen to 40+ years later then doesn't that tell it's own story? Maybe the question should be, what would the reaction of my kids/step-kids be to this, & the truth is they wouldn't give it the time of day. I think it would have been too easy to give this a 5/5 "Amazing and ground-breaking", or a 1/5 "there is some right hard to listen to dross on there", but the truth is probably somewhere in between. I'm dipping back in and out at the moment and the "Run Like hell" rift seems strangely familiar. Did Sky Sports used to use it as an intro? It seems very familiar? Maybe someone else has sampled it? Thinking face I've listened again and I just can't give an album 5/5 if I wouldn't listen to it again & again. I just can't. I know it's special, but I also think it's just wasted on me (in 2021). People call it an amazing piece of art, (and I accept that), but the thing with art is that it's subjective. The likes of Van Gogh and Picasso do absolutely nothing for me, and I still think that Munch has basically hoodwinked the art World and is actually an 8 year old with very savvy parents. At the same time I don't think I can ignore the impact that this has on the time and on others. The problem isn't the album. The problem is me. My favourite Floyd track is Wish you were here and I think that's probably much more commercially sounding than your average Floyd fan's favourite. The truth is that they have never produced an album of songs in that style and while Floyd fans probably wouldn't like it, I would. The absolute lowest I can give it is 3/5.

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A bloated affair, where the concept weighs down the music and the need to tell what is a pretty unoriginal tale (and somewhat self regarding) requires skit like tracks to move us along between the few highlights - tighter rock record is in here somewhere. The production is as exquisite as you would imagine from Pink Floyd. But overall it does not thrill, it drags.

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Groundbreaking concept album that bores the life out of me. With a few exceptions, it hasn't aged well in the age of mental health and actually trying to avoid misery and existential angst.

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Can one truly know despair if one has never known happiness? This is my first time listening to The Wall in it's entirety, having only heard snippets before. It is a gargantuan, ambitious work, a rock opera following the story of a young man (rock star?) who proceeds to whine to us about all the struggles in his life. Listening to this album felt like being a shrink with a clipboard, listening to a patient tell their miserable life story. Daddy left me to fight in the war. Teachers at school were mean. Mommy was overbearing and overprotective. My wife cheated on me, while I was out trying to shag groupies. On \"One of My Turns\" the protagonist sings \"Nothing is very much fun anymore\", which made me do a head turn. At which point so far in the album has anything been fun? And so it goes, through suicide attempts, drug induced hysteria, depression, flashbacks of war, flirtations with fascism. Each of these are a brick that get added to the proverbial wall that the protagonist erects around himself to protect himself from the cruel world. Eventually the protagonist is put on trial and forced to take down the wall for the crime of showing human emotion. This must be some sort of commentary on British stoicism. I dunno. Musically, it's a well produced, painstakingly made album. There are some great moments, especially with the heavier guitars on "In the Flesh" which I wish were present more throughout the album, some very nice, emotive guitar solos throughout, and dramatic climaxes like at the end of "Waiting for the Worms". The harmonized ooohs and aaahs really got on my nerves though, and in general the vocals were very hit and miss (mostly miss). Lyrically, we got edgy jams like; "If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes, You'll just have to claw your way through this disguise", the ever so seductive "Ooooh, I need a dirty woman. Ooooh, I need a dirty girl.", and lets not forget the incredibly deep "When I was a child I had a fever, My hands felt just like two balloons", followed later by "I can't explain, you wouldn't understand." How could we? A child with a fever? The poor soul! Conclusion. There are 2 songs I enjoyed, "In the Flesh" (including the redux) and "Hey You". The album would easily get a 3 for those 2 songs alone, along with the generally excellent instrumentation and production, but there are too many annoying, self-indulgent, boring or at best forgettable songs, and they do bring the score down. For those who want to enjoy a good rock opera, I recommend Zappa's Joe's Garage, released just a month before this, it has a more humorous story, wider range of emotions, much more scathing social commentary, and yes, better guitar solos.

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Not for me

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Fucking A

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5

the album that spawned almost all of Floyd's radio singles. While I'm not fond of some of the songs by themselves, listening to the album as a whole elevates the entire experience. The only Pink Floyd album I fully enjoy

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Бриллиантовая работа буквально во всех аспектах. тот самый редкий случай, когда возложенные на слушателя ожидания оправдываются в полном объеме, а может даже и больше. ода из известнейших рок-опер может похвастаться отличной логикой в гармониях и последовательности песен. Тут концептуальность работает несколько иначе чем на "Темной Стороне Луны", это похоже на мюзикл: от прог-рокового звучания Флойды не отказались, но импровизации, соло и сложные ударные рисунки пользуются на работе малым спросом, но красоты и величественности звука тут не занимать. Хочется поговорить про смысл этой работы в текстовом плане, ведь какой хороший мюзикл может быть без глубокого поэтичного смысла? Весь альбом является ярким примером борьбы человека против самого себя, ведь герой пытается закрыться от общества, считая, что ему так будет жить спокойно. Но, под конец альбома нас ждет блистательный и не наигранный хэппи энд, в котором Флойд выходит в мир, от которого отказался ранее, признавая свою ошибку. Это действительно хорошая и поучительная выдуманная история, которая для многих людей в какой то степени является отражением себя, поэтому многие обращают внимание на смысловую ценность альбома, что определенно хорошо. Кстати стоит отметить, что многие песни этого альбома слушаются прекрасно и без всей этой сложной концепции стены, которую Флойд выстроил вокруг себя. "Young Lust", "In The Flesh", "Nobody Home", "Comfortably Numb" - мои субъективные любимцы, а "Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2" стал самой узнаваемой песней группы. Описывая вкратце, можно сказать одно предложение: "Все еще красиво, все еще величественно, все еще по гениально." 10/10.

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5

Despite being one of their most acclaimed albums, it’s one of my least favourites (of there’s). That being said, it is still incredible and a truly masterful piece of work. They don’t make music like this anymore

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5

Classic. Legendary. Simply Pink Floid

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Epic

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5

This is my all time favorite band, so I am biased, however, this double album is simply amazing. So many hits here as well.

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When I was younger I thought Pink Floyd was the most overrated band in history. Then I actually listened to stuff like this and realized I was way off.

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Fantastic album. Knew some of the songs beforehand but never listened to it before it it's entirety. Great songwriting, instrumentation, arrangements. Definitely needs to be listened to as an album

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pink floyd sempre é nota máxiima

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a work of art

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5

Love this and any album that tells stories

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Erre nincs mit mondani. A valaha készült egyik legjobb lemez.

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5

Fantastic Album. The first time I heard it, a lot of dust was blow around. I worked for a stage power company. Had to test an amplifier and speaker set I just repaired. At that time I did not know the album. As it starts of on a low volume I turned up the volume of the amplifier. You must know this was a sound set for a big theater hall. But after the start of the album it kicks in. The complete hall was shaking and all the dust collected from over years came free. :-) I can tell you everything was working fine. Bought this album almost instantly after this. Still love it. It is my favorite album of Pink Floyd.

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I mean... it’s The Wall. One of the greatest “modern” albums!

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5

This is definitely my favorite Pink Floyd album. I love how theatrical is it.

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5

Bro u already know it

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5

Great album, as is anything floyd!

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5

I love this album so original and atmospheric

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5

Classic album. I love it, but it can be overly dramatic/over the top at times. Still, it is quite a journey across a complete album and has just some epic, amazing songs.

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5

Still amazing

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5

I'm very familiar with this album since I wore it out on vinyl 40 years ago. Absolute classic, one-of-a-kind concept album, probably the best pure concept album ever made. The music starts flagging a bit for me at the end, starting with Waiting for the Worms, where it feels a little forced to try and draw the story to its conclusion, but that's a minor complaint. 5 stars. Fun fact - the album was released on my 14th birthday. Fun fact #2, I played and sang Nobody Home in front of an audience at an open mike night at my college.

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5

Already listened beforehand, an extraordinary concept album; like nothing else I've ever listened to

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5

Front to back incredible album. 10/10

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5

I have never listened to The Wall all the way through. I'm very familiar with a lot of the songs from the album but I haven't listened to them in their intended form- all together. While these songs aren't my favorite Pink Floyd songs I think this album has rightly earned its place as one of the best concept albums. The rock opera quality really shines through with visual qualities to the music with an effect where you really feel like your moving through the main characters life just by listening to the songs.

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5

A classic of classics

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5

La transición entre la parte uno y dos, The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, debe ser el mejor interludio musical en la historia.

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5

Discazo

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5

excellent and very easy to listen

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5

A masterpiece out of its time. It is great and complex, but time and more music helped me to understand it.

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5

is there anybody out there... hey you... uno de mis favoritos

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5

Anhother brick in the wall

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5

Me gustan los motivos em diferentes canciones. Un clásico

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5

Fantastic!

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5

CLASSIC

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Top

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5

I cannot state why this is a 5 stars enough. Everything about this album is a 5 to me. The thematic story the whole way through, the amazing instrumentals, the real life context, just everything. I knew we were going to get to this album eventually and I was just so happy to see it yesterday. This was one of the first albums a good friend of mine recommended I listed to all the way through, before that I just listened to singles. Discovering that albums can be crafted to tell a story changed my view on music and how it should be listened to. Good albums are a work of art and this is a masterpiece. The themes in this album range from toxic relationships, drug abuse, mental illness, etc., and I find it so interesting to hear how Roger Waters describes each of these in turn.

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5

This is an absolute belter.

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5

Great album

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5

The GOAT. Just a sublime piece of music mastery from Waters and Gilmour. The Wall moves with a nimble grace and takes you on a transcendental journey. It challenges conventional themes and the system in one Herculean swipe. A powerful and exquisite tour de force - each and every one of those bricks in the wall delivers a knockout blow, leaving you dazzled and spinning in all the colours of the spectrum before delicately drizzling you on the canvas. Yes, I mostly watch interracial porn these days.

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5

Masterpiece

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Geniale rock-songs, naadloos aaneen gebreid met experimentele intermezzo's. Verschillende elementen komen af en toe eens terug. Het thema van het album is duidelijk aanwezig, in een te volgen verhaal. Ook het feit dat het album 'full-circle' gaat is een interessante extra! Toch een rock-opera die mij volledig kan bekoren

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5

Zalig album. Een meesterlijk uitgevoerde rock opera. Blijkbaar is er ook een film van, dus die moet ik snel eens bekijken.

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5

This is a perfect album. I love it so much.

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5

No notes needed.

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5

It's a classic. Not my first time listening to it, won't be my last.

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5

Great album, I haven't really listened to Pink Floyd before but this was great. I really think this is an album that needs to be listened to from start to finish. Oddly enough kinda makes me think of a toned down dream theater

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5

🧱🗣🎸

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5

Overall, a very solid album in all aspects. I prefer the other versions of Another Brick In The Wall to the most well known version. 5/5 stars.

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5

Amazinggggg. Exactly as expected.

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5

Not in my top 3 of Pink Floyd, but is an awesome piece of art so in cant Give it less than 5

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5

One of the most influential albums to me. It exceeds in the instrumentals, the story-telling and the atmosphere. 5/5

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5

issa classic

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Now this is a brilliant concept album! An exquisitely executed emotional journey. I used to have the poster with a formation of marching hammers (the college years), which is still my favorite music poster. This album is a level above 5 stars, or at least the other 5 star albums so far. So going back to the fictitious 10 star system, this is a 10/10. I love the echoing guitars on Another Brick In The Wall (Part 1). I prefer it to Part 2, mostly because Part 2 has been overplayed soooooo much. But the guitar solo in Part 2 is beautiful. Call me crazy, but the guitar lick in Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2), right after “Hey! Teacher! Leave them/us kids alone!” and before “All in all, you’re just a-nother brick in the wall,” sounds like it is borrowed right out of the Doobie Brothers’ guitar lick catalogue. I have thought this forever, and I can’t unhear it. Mother lacks the theatrics of much of the rest of the album in a good way. It’s an intimate song, straight forward musically, with a window into the author’s mental anguish. “Mother, do you think they’ll like this song?” “Momma’s going to make all your nightmares come true.” The lead guitar work on Comfortably Numb is inspirational. Other songs that stand out: Goodbye Blue Sky, Young Lust, Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, In The Flesh, Run Like Hell, and The Trial. This is the first album to pop up where I already knew ahead of time it is a five star without a doubt. Too bad it didn’t arrive on a Friday.

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Well, here we are at The Wall. Probably the most successful, both commercially & artistically, rock concept album ever made. Yes, an argument can certainly be made for The Who’s Tommy, but for my money, Pink Floyd's artistry is just better, deeper, more satisfying. It’s hard to separate the original album from all of the other incarnations: the movie, the various concert “stagings”. Those versions surely have a lot going for them, on some instances allowing the story to get more fleshed out & giving some fantastic actors & musicians the chance to interpret PF’s work. Love in Berlin, a personal fave of mine, brings together an amazing cast or actors & musicians (Albert Finney & Tim Curry for The Trial! I mean, come ON!), while constructing their wall right alongside an equally menacing wall in the real world. Talk about meta! But when it comes down to it, a pair of headphones and this original recording just can’t be beat. Get lost in the stupor of Comfortably Numb, shout with rage at the teachers to leave them kids alone, or celebrate in the wall finally coming down, but go on this journey with Floyd, and, musically at the the very least, your soul will be better for it.

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5

Oh fuck yeah. I already know this one is 5/5 amazing.

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5

-listen to it a couple of times -listened together with N -should understand the story better

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Having never sat and listened to the whole album "cover to cover" I definitely found it way more impactful. Sure there are the 6-7 classic songs which are some of the best rock ever written, but a lot of the shorter conceptual tracks work to tie everything together. It does occasionally crest into pretense and self-indulgence, but has aged surprisingly well over the past 40 years.

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5

Top 10 for sure. What a classic.

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5

Master piece

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5

generic 80s

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5

I think I might have scored this 4 stars a year ago, as it's never been one of my favourite Pink Floyd albums... However, I watched The Wall movie this year, and that's added an extra layer of appreciation and bumped it up to a 5... The rise of British fascism looking more likely rather than less these days, it's a disturbingly prescient work. 😑 Fave track - "Mother" maybe, or "Is There Anybody Out There?"

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5

Masterpiece

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The following is a review by my teenagers who had never heard this before: "The style changes lot but you can tell it is the same genre. It makes you feel like a brick in the wall who wants to fix the world."

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Classic rock is classic.

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5

I don't have a hot take here. It's a super interesting and well made album. I saw the Nostalgic Critic stuff where he covered album attempted to roast it? Literally some of the dumbest shit I've ever seen/heard. But it got people talking so maybe it worked to that point? Eitherway, I probably haven't done enough drugs to fully appreciate it.

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5

This album is an absolute masterpiece and one of my favourite ever! I grew up listening to it but it never fails to capture me and make me feel things. Favourite tracks: comfortably numb, nobody home

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5

A masterpiece. One of my favorite albums ever.

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5

Classic. So good

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5

Amazing album that introduces some of Pink Floyd’s most enduring songs. The impact of WWII in Great Britain is explored in the beginning of this album as it develops the story of Pink, a rock star who builds a wall of separation between the world and himself. This album is indulgent, strange, and dark. Nevertheless, it is incredible in its scope both lyrically and musically

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5

Some of the best music ever made

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5

Not their best album but this is still a classic nonetheless.

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5

Just heard before the main title, missing some precious gems.

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5

I know most of the big songs on this very well, but I've actually never listened to it all the way through as an album! Really enjoyed the nudge to do so, what a phenomenal album.

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5

The Greatest concept album in music history. It's impossible to not ended up listening from beginning to end. It really is a journey to listen this album, each song makes you wanna listen to the next in anticipation for the climax: Comfortably Numb with arguably the greatest guitar solo in music.

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5

Destin, FL, Patrick Hall vis a vi

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5

Classic

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5

its like dark side but less erratic

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5

Another great song after great song.

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5

What an amazing first album to listen to! Let me preface this by saying that I am a person who mainly listens to contemporary indie music, so when I saw that The Wall was my first album, I was worried, because up to this point I had assumed that Pink Floyd was this hard rock band that would hurt my ears. Boy, was I wrong. A friend of mine loves Pink Floyd, and when I told her about starting this project and reviewing The Wall, she was really excited, and for good reason: this album is so cool. I always enjoy when musicians really put thought into their work and create masterpieces like concept albums; the narrative weaved throughout The Wall is wonderfully told, and by the album's end you ask yourself so many questions about Pink and his motives and his thoughts and EVERYTHING. On top of that, the instrumentation and production was just as wonderful, especially the small portions of the record with piano and acoustic guitar; as someone who gravitates towards music with those instruments at the forefront, it was really cool to hear these softer sounds blend so well with the omnipresent drums and electric guitar. I know a lot of people are not a huge fan of the album's length, but for me to make it through the entire 80 minutes and not feel bored once says a lot about Pink Floyd's musical genius. Beautiful album. Would recommend to anyone.

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5

Brill

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5

Peak Floyd

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5

An absolute masterpiece

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I’m starting to think these Pink Floyd guys might be talented

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One of the greatest concept albums. What is the meaning of the wall!

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"I mean... it's Pink Floyd's The fucking Wall" No puedo hacer una reseña objetiva de este disco. Simplemente no puedo. Fue uno de los primeros discos que escuché en su totalidad y me ha acompañado desde entonces, sumando nuevas perspectivas y descubriendo detalles escondidos. Además, no podría decir mucho que no se haya ya dicho. Entiendo que no a todos les guste el álbum: la voz de Waters puede ser "poco convencional" a momentos y algunas canciones carecen de sustancia, pero para mí, sólo sirven para destacar la narrativa que intenta contar. The Wall es un álbum denso, que esconde tras sus metáforas una historia profundamente humana. A pesar del paso del tiempo, ha demostrado ser una obra de arte con valor incomparable. Un clásico. Mejores canciones: Mother, Hey You, Comfortably Numb, *The Trial*.

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Master

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Epic. This is definitely one of the albums that makes me think the creators are mad geniuses. I have no idea how you go from a blank page to this. It is provocative, soaring, melodic at times, angry, and always story driven. An amazing piece of art.

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5

the way the songs flow together is just masterful. This is a masterful album. Run like hell might be my favorite of all the songs.

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5

One of their best. 5/5 Every song is pretty great.

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5

Legendary

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5

Classic album - not my favorite Pink Floyd era (so personally would give it a 4) but bumping it up to a 5 anyways because likely the best Rock Opera of all time

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5

One of the very best. For anyone experiencing this for the first time(and enjoying), try to find the movie that goes with it. It’s so good.

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5

One of the best of all times

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One of my favourites. Timeless! A double album with little filler.

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5

Great album. Cool story behind it as well

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Another Brick in the Wall and Comfortably Numb were the only songs I knew beforehand, and I wouldn't listen to many of the songs on the album on their own, but as whole the album was nice and interesting. I like it when albums tell a story.

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5

One of the greatest albums i’ve listened to.

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An absolute masterpiece, with some of the greatest prog rock songs ever written. Enjoyed the story more by listening to it in full and in order. Comfortably numb and run like he'll were my favourites before, and still are, along withe the three "movements" of another brick in the wall

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5

Although it's not the best one from Pink Floyd (looking at you Animals), it's still a musical masterpiece. Feels like watching top class theater with an absolutely intriguing storyline. Great finale for the best era of Pink Floyd records. Fav tracks: Goodbye Blue Sky, Comfortably Numb, Is There Anybody Out There

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Sonically brilliant, sounds great loud on a big system. Yes, it could be seen as pretentious but there is a story underneath that ties it together. Guitar solo on Comfortablely Numb is staggering, that tone and melody is so distinctive.

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5

Not all of these songs are good, but when they are, they are SO good. Favourites: Comfortably Numb, Nobody Home, Hey You (but there's plenty more to enjoy on here).

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5

This is a fantastic album. Not necessarily all the way from start to finish but overall it keeps my attention and runs my emotions. Good memories too!

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5

The Wall is a perfect Rock Opera, with numerous great songs that stand out on their own, intertwined with others that make it flow as a whole. It's pretty much Roger Water's magnum opus, and has some of David Gilmour's best guitar works (comfortably numb anyone?). Out of Pink Floyd's perfect albums from 73-79, this is my least favourite but it's still a significant piece of art and worthy of 5 stars. Think it's because I kind of relate to the character of Pink in a way. Introverted, withdrawn in my own world occasionally, and emotionally numb and depressed at times. Just this fact makes it difficult to listen compared to Dark Side or Wish You Were Here. Plus it is really lacking key moments from the rest of the band (except Gilmour).

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One of the greatest concept albums ever made. My favorite record of all time (tied with Electric Ladyland) for a good reason. The stresses of modern day life, loss and grief, finding your own identity, being ridiculed into conformity, never truly connecting with others, it's too much for us sometimes. Eventually we loose ourselves in the background noise and become so disconnected to the rest of the world, funny enough this is why there's so much to connect with here in this album. On a personal level it makes me feel more emotional than any other piece of art I can think of. On a creative level it shattered every single critics expectations and remains as Pink Floyd's magnum opus due to its subject matter and sheet relatability to the human experience. Captures the entire life of one mans journey into self destruction and disillusionment through heavy drug addiction and self isolation, looping around on itself (isn't this where we came in?) to really drive home the point of how easy it is for any human being to fall into this trap given the right external circumstances, after all, we're all just clawing our way through this existential crises on thin ice anyways. I originally thought that the wall was a metaphor for death, we gain more bricks during our short lives that we add to our own wall. Eventually one day we will die, being reborn or not, and leave these same bricks to our grandchildren for them to piece together in a way they see fit. This could either be a good or bad wall depending on the morality and heart of the builder. However in high school I finally did some research and discovered what the message truly was, I was just overthinking it too much. Creating a literal wall between yourself and the rest of the world, or those you see as less capable than you. The berlin wall, the great wall of china, the proposed wall between the U.S. and mexico, all these walls were meant to ward off other people from getting close to you, or more realistically, keeping yourself from coming to connect with and understand your fellow brothers and sisters. I think one line specifically sums up what I love so much about this brilliant work from Rodger, from the first song, In The Flesh?, If you want to find out what's behind these cold eyes You'll just have to claw your way through this disguise Oh yeah, and the movie is pretty good too.

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Already know but won't complain about listening - 5

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I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out the narrative thread that ran through this album in high school. It only became clearer as I got older. Also the movie played in a dance club where I went with my date and friends after prom but in a tan color. Some guys tried to give us plastic ants while they were tripping. Fun times.

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A classic rock-opera masterpiece.

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Yeeeeessss - second fav PF album. Love how ridiculously OTT and theatric it all is. Fav new track: N/A, but would have to be The Trial.

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5

Pivotal album into psychedelic rock and metal.

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5

Alltså det är ju så bra?

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Var först lite otaggad på att lyssna igenom The Wall, det är ett album jag har lyssnat på hela mitt liv och lyssnar regelbundet på fortfarande. Jag trodde jag visste The Wall, men jag har nog tagit det för givet? Precis som Star Wars eller Sagan om Ringen är vissa saker så självklart integrerade i samhället att man inte riktigt analyserar det som ett kulturverk utan snarare betraktar det som en universell grundlag. Detsamma inser jag även gäller för The Wall? The Wall är ett konceptalbum i sin helt egna liga; Den har allt utan ett minsta fel, Fantastiskt intro som 'set the stage' och lyckas fånga hela den musikaliska OCH den dramatiska känslan i albumet nästan redan från sekund ett. Ljudet är klockrent utan den minsta skavank, de använder sig utav lite spicy stereo-mix lite då och då men alltid till sin fördel och blir aldrig tråkigt eller irriterande. Soundstage:et känns väldig 'lyssnarcentrerat' när gitarrsträngarna studsar fram-och-tillbaka och trummorna rullar runtomkring huvudet. Otroligt naturliga och musikaliskt 'logiska' övergångar mellan låtarna vilket understryker vilket mästerverk detta album är då människor har suttit ner och producerat en så holistisk upplevelse som samtidigt innehåller några av rockvärldens tveklöst bästa låtar! Jag har lyssnat på The Wall hundratals gånger men blir mållös nu när jag är framme med förstoringsglaset och letar och petar utan att hitta någonting som inte är absolut perfektion. Allt med albumet är så självklart nu i efterhand som om Pink Floyd hade facit sen innan. Detta album är ett en grundbult; ett axiom inom rockgenren. Det finns ingenting negativt att anmärka på. Det ÄR en objektiv 5:a till ett album, möjligtvis det bästa albumet någonsin?

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-Cool jammery in "In The Flesh?" -I like the thumping in "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" -"Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2" is obviously a classic -"Mother" be like "MY BALLS" -Cool bass and and jamming in general on "Young Lust" -Lots of great moments and jamming and callbacks throughout the album. I'm definitely still missing some notes about great buts in various songs. I definitely don't appreciate it enough yet but it is incredibly solid.

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9/10

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Ci sono alcuni capolavori come "Another brick on the wall" e "Comfortably Numb" e in generale è un'esperienza da fare. 5

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Iconic concept album, classic 70’s rock

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A classic for a reason. Great sound in this epic rock opera!

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Amazing

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An album and an experience. It almost should be played in full only. Some great songs off this album too. Excellent.

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5

A masterpiece..

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This is a masterpiece. Simple as that.

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5

Damn.

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All in all it's just another 5 out of 5

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2/10/21 Very politically charged. Less cohesive as an entire album. I appreciate it but don’t love the hip hop genre as a whole. The N word song really threw me for a loop at first! Favorite: Shut Em Down

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5

Awesome concept album that was super fun to listen to all the way through. Has classics like Another Brick in the Wall and Comfortably Numb. A real experience to hear every song back-to-back.

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Slow and moody. There’s a reason it’s one or the most famous albums.

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It's epic, huge, and awesome.

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This album is and always will be one of the first 5 albums I add on any device I have. The flow through depression, isolation, ensuing insanity, cumulating in attempting to overcome all of it makes for an album that hits harder than you'd think. Full of wonderful songs, but this album brought concept albums to light for me, and will always retain that place for me

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10/10. One of my favorite albums of all time. When I was feeling like shit as a teenager, there was nothing like listening to The Wall in all of its angsty glory.

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10/10. this album is so important to me.

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5

Side one might be one of the best single sides in music history. With the exception of Mother which is just a real quick downward mood swing. Which is still a really good song just fits strangely in the order. Side two leaves a little more to be desired musically following that first side. But it is still a fantastic musical journey. And when you factor in the plot narrative of it as well it is just fantastic character development. Side three is a bit strange and depressing which from a regular album standpoint is weird because it also contains two of the best songs ever written. But for the narrative of the rock opera it is fitting. Side four really begins to feel like I expect a rock opera rather than just a regular album. Which is also still very fitting to the narrative as its where Pink's "show" actually occurs. And to end it a peaceful resolution to the story that loops back into the top of the album. Just rating this as a top to bottom album it is a great album but probably like a 3.5 or a 4. It flows weirdly and has a lot of strange mood swings. Rating this as the beautiful work of art that it is and the fantastic narrative story it is certainly a 5. It's influence on the music industry is and will likely always be lasting. It has three of their greatest songs which are just flat out three of the greatest songs of all time. I'm happy that this is my first 5 that I've given. I'm only on album 17 but I am surprised it took this long to get a 5.

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Is it enough to simply point out this is, by far, the reference when it comes to thematic, story conveying, music? Or should I point out that, in the field of personal achievement, this is probably the album most responsible for the shaping of my political views? Lyrics don't come more packed than The Wall's. "Probably" worth mentioning The Wall is filled with excellent music from a band at the peak of its maturity (as its implosion, while recording the album, suggests). From Another Brick in the Wall to Comfortably Numb, The Wall has its share of signature pieces; and tracks such as The Trial indicate there are no limits to the band's creativity. I would argue that, in more ways than one, The Wall was THE album that defined the generation that grew during the eighties.

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5

Best Floyd album. All the pyrotechnics, except this to me, serving a narrative that is, basically, all rock stars are narcissistic closet Nazis. Which is probably pretty close to the truth. It's a double album, but it actually goes by at a pleasing speed. Tonally it's very bleak, but still finds space for some tight pop songs. And it is more prog pop than prog rock. Solos are kept tight, the instrumentation fits the themes rather than prolonging a single thought. Roger Waters is clearly a massive misanthrope, but it feels good here!

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Time to scale The Wall, I guess. To break this album up into tracks is almost a disservice. The story is so well told, a perfect marriage of lyrics and music. The orchestration allows for the lyrics to be clear as day and all of the associated background, atmospherics only furthers the narrative. Mother is the most disturbing rock song. The perfect concept album against which every single one after will be compared to.

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...where we came in? One man's self imposed breakdown pushed upon us. It must be terrible being a multimillionaire rockstar. At least there are great tunes accompanying this double album moan. Isn't this... Best Tracks: Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2; Mother; Comfortably Numb

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Un classique, que j’ai tellement ecoute je connais toutes les chansons par coeur. 5

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Far more complex than I ever gave it credit for. What a journey!

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One of my faves

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All-time great

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5 étoiles net et sans bavure. Incroyable album avec Another brick in the wall ( ces 12 versions) The happiest days of our lives Comfortably Numb Mother Young Lust Dommage que ce soit des grosses merdes, mais bon je dois rester neutre et objectif

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Ten album idealnie uderza w mój czuły punkt, czyli album który nie jest zbiorem akurat napisanych i jako tako powiązanych ze sobą utworów, lecz prowadzi nas przez historię życia z początkiem środkiem i końcem. Tutaj pojawia się też jego wada, albowiem uważam że gra on jak tanie słuchawki mocną V-ką. Początek i zakończenie są wybitne, jednak z racji prawie 1.5 godzinnego czasu trwania środek wydaje się zbyt rozciągnięty, a zmieniający się wtedy styl na bardziej spokojny i melodramatyczny nie ułatwia dobrego skupienia się. Powtarzające się motywy zarówno liryczne jak i muzyczne pozwalają ugruntować piosenkę i wymuszają na odbiorcy spojrzenie na problem z innej strony. Gdyby rozważać go jako zbiór piosenek na pewno znajdziemy lepsze krążki, jednak jako album koncepcyjny, rockowa opera, teatr muzyczny jest to jeden z najlepszych, definiujących daną epokę przedstawień. Dla osób mających problemy z koncentracją polecam zamiast albumu obejrzeć film, który jest jego wizualizacją.

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Przy ocenie tego albumu ciężko nie być stronniczym - do Pink Floyd mało kto podchodzi obojętnie i raczej każdy miał o nich wcześniej wyrobioną jakąś opinię. Jak najbardziej subiektywnie, The Wall jest tym, czym powinien być pełnoprawny album muzyczny - nie jest to tylko zbiór utworów, a połączona ze sobą różnymi zabiegami muzycznymi, lirycznymi i narracją całość i jako całość trzeba tą operę rockową traktować. Żałuję, że jest to album tak długi i nie starczyło mi czasu, na kilkukrotne odsłuchanie chociaż niektórych fragmentów, niemniej ten jeden raz był dla mnie czystą przyjemnością i zespół oczarował mnie na 1.5 godziny i ani przez moment nie miałem okazji muzyki przewijać, a znając tę płytę wcześniej i tak byłem w stanie odnaleźć mnóstwo motywów, które przewijały się nie tylko przez ten album, ale także w całej ich twórczości. No i właśnie, stronniczość - zespół bardzo lubię, przez co jestem też świadomy co najmniej trzech, moim zdaniem trochę lepszych albumów, które jeszcze będą nas czekać w tym challenge'u. Jest to jednak moja ocena i jeśli ktoś się z nią nie będzie zgadzał, to będę to ja przy "The Dark Side Of The Moon".

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Isn't this where we came in?

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I've been spending the last few days listening to other albums and trying to conjure up kind words and trying to like songs I'll never listen to again. Then this pops up. If you don't like it then I'll not change your opinion but if like me it transcends everyday entertainment for you and becomes a cultural icon then you'll understand. Maybe like other stand outs (eg: Chuck Berry, Sgt Pepper, Woodstock etc) you needed to be there to fully appreciate it? I don't know. Listening to it again (twice) it strikes me that I find it difficult to separate the film and subsequent Berlin concert etc and Roger Waters huge ego with the actual initial album. It gels really well although like other 'Rock Operas' there are transition tracks inbetween the big hits. All in all it has to be 5/5 for what it is and what it has become.

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5

Tour de force production, scorching yet melodic guitar lines and memorable songs. Utterly brilliant. I haven't played this whole album at a single sitting for over 30 years, but it was a joy - and it's improved with age.

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5/5. Absolute perfection.

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I am a huge Pink Floyd fan, so this is totally biased, but this is an incredible piece of music. We've had some prog rock on our list already, which was average at best, but this showcases what you can do with the genre. That being said, it's still probably only my third favourite Pink Floyd album  It's not as iconic a sound or as tightly crafted as Dark Side of The Moon, but it tells this wonderful story that is comprehensible and relatable (two things which prog rock normally struggles with), and has this amazing haunting sound throughout. It flows perfectly between tracks, managing to switch the mood several times without it feeling jarring; it's clearly one piece of work rather than an assortment of tracks. And it does singles way better than almost any prog rock (Dark Side of The Moon included) album I've heard. Another Brick In The Wall, Run Like Hell, and Hey You are all brilliant standalone songs that you can take out of this.

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5

It's The Wall. It has Comfortably Numb on it. Pompous, navel gazing, proggy nonsense....also utterly glorious from start to finish

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- this is really great album, both for listening and having it just for background music - great as concept album, great also as solo songs - relevant lyrics - amazing melodies

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5/5 what can be said about this album...just brilliant

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Pink Floyd was the first band I was ever obsessive about. I collected all their albums (on vinyl). I obsessed over their lyrics. I had music books for piano and would play the Wall (poorly) all the way through. Nobody Home was my favorite to play on piano. The classical guitar part at the end of Is There Anybody Out There? was the first fingerstyle song I could play entirely through on guitar. I drew bricks all over my school notebooks. I would write "Pink Floyd The Wall" in Gerald Scarfe's writing style. I had patches for the Wall and Dark Side of the Moon on my band jacket. I watched the movie of The Wall more times than I can count. I watched Roger Waters perform the Wall Live in Berlin when it was broadcast live in 1990 and, in 2010 I saw Roger Waters perform the Wall in its entirety, a concert I still consider one of the best I've ever seen. So, needless to say, this is an obvious 5 for me. That said, my view of it has changed with age. For one thing, the recording quality leaves a lot to be desired. It's very dated, much more so than albums like Dark Side of the Moon or Animals. Waters later referred to the drums as sounding "boxy" and I would tend to agree. The album lacks a certain expansiveness in its sound. Also, it's a pretty dark album and not one that I casually listen to much anymore. Not that I don't listen to dark albums as an adult...perhaps I simply had my fill of The Wall as a teenager (although I've certainly listened to it plenty of times as an adult, also). But I still view it as an absolute masterpiece. So many favorite moments: Comfortably Numb remains one of my all time favorite songs, with of course one of the greatest guitar solos of all time. To me, Another Brick in the Wall Part II always has to include Part I and The Happiest Days of Our Lives. In my head I like to replace Empty Spaces with the movie version "What Shall We Do Now?" (speaking of tracks only in the movie - When the Tigers Broke Free is a very powerful track. I like that they later included it on reissues of the Final Cut, where it probably belongs). Hey You makes me stop and listen whenever I hear it. In the Flesh, Run Like Hell, and Waiting for the Worms may be fascism in musical form, but all three are amazing. The Trial brings the story to an over-the-top theatrical close followed by Outside the Wall which brings us full circle back to the beginning. On CD I'd often just let it loop right back to the start, creating a never ending album. I know The Wall isn't for everybody (although 30 million copies sold suggests it's for a lot of people), but it will always be an absolute classic to me.

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5

Oh man, I forgot just how amazing this album is. There's so much depth here that it would take dozens of listens to take it all in. For starters there's a hidden message at the beginning of "Goodbye Blue Skies" that you can only hear by playing that portion of the track backwards. I still always get a kick out of the "oopmf" that's in the background after the lyric: "There were certain teachers who would hurt the children in any way they could." It's been about 5 years since I put on this album. Even a masterpiece can get overplayed and I certainly played this at least 50 times previously. After revisiting it for this review, I regret waiting so long. Animals is my favorite Floyd album, (shame on the 1001 list-maker for not putting Floyd's best and deepest album on there) but this album is still great in a different way. I think while Animals felt more like Floyd was still a "band" in the sense that everyone contributed to the decision making process, The Wall feels like a Waters album with the rest of the band as the guest musicians. That being said, it has some of Gilmour's best solos on it.

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5

I have spent my entire music-aware life (so say from about age 11) claiming I do not like Pink Floyd. I have never listened to them except for singles on the radio, if I didn't change the station. I know most of their popular songs, but Another Brick Pt 2 was about the only one I would ever listen to. My cousin was a huge fan and after his untimely death and the playing of Wish You Were Here at his funeral I softened a bit on Floyd. But I still never listened to them. That was a mistake. Still, it made for a wonderful surprise with this list. What a phenomenal album - beautiful composition. I'd give it a 6 (turn it up to 11) if I could. Side one alone was a masterpiece. I think I like Another Brick Pt 1 better than Pt 2 - more raw, edgier, no added synth or disco beats, you really notice the bass line and the guitar. I also really enjoyed the transition to Side two from Mother (Bowie-esque) to Goodbye Blue Sky and Empty Spaces, although Side two dipped a little after Young Lust. Side three was mostly excellent - the instrumentation across all the songs is really impressive. 20 years ago I probably would have begrudgingly admitted I didn't mind Hey You or Comfortably Numb but now that I have a broader music perspective they are two incredible songs, especially the latter. Side four might be the weakest if you listen to it on its own, but listening to it after listening to the rest, it is a fantastic close to the album. It also has some of the best lyrics - In the Flesh, Run Like Hell, and Waiting for the Worms are frightening when you consider that some people aren't laying it on thick for fictional purposes like Floyd but actually think that way. All in all, this is what a rock opera should sound like. It is THE rock opera. I guess I should go listen to the rest of their catalog...or wait for more pleasant surprises when their next album shows up on this list.

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5

"Isn't this where we came in?" I have been listening to this album for almost 40 years. My feelings for it have evolved as I have. Learning things about the album and the band as I have read more and more. Pink Floyd is not my favorite band, but they are definitely one I can always turn to and listen to for a good 60 minutes or so. There is so much in the Wall that is similar to a lot of double albums. Somewhere in the middle, things start to meander a little ("Nobody Home" / "Vera". They're good songs, but still....) and then "Comfortably Numb" just floors you. Man, does it floor you. This album could not be made today. ("In The Flesh," anyone?). And the movie... yikes. I like Animals more, but still, how could I not give this 5 stars?

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5

An epic undertaking and David Gilmour is a master guitarist. Standouts include: Another Brick in the Wall, Mother, Young Lust, One of my Turns, Hey You, Comfortably Numb, Run Like Hell, and Waiting for the Worms. I might be getting loose with the 5 star ratings, but an ambitious project like this with so many infectious songs is worthy, I think.

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5

This one was already special to me. It's been on my list to watch the movie again, listening to the album only made me more excited about that. (:

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5

Such a seminal album, this was my first full listen to it and its an amazing concept that really hits hard. The overarching story throughout takes you on a the titular "Pink's" journey that was likely similar for many post WWII children, from their experiences then moving onto adulthood an the trials, tribulations and insecurities that come with growing up and being a part of a post war world. Best: Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 Worst: Waiting for the Worms

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5

Weird that Pink Floyd made an album based off of a nostalgia critic review. But still, a very interesting album overall.

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5

Masterpiece!

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5

Hadn’t listened to this full album in a number of years. Loved it, brought back memories of high school sitting in the basement listening. Obviously one of Pink Floyd’s greatest, guitar work is superb themes of war and darkness throughout.

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5

Great story and album. 100% classic.

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5

There is nothing else like this sound. Been listening since it released

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5

A phenomenal album. The transition from Part One and Part Two of Another Brick in the Wall is perhaps the greatest in all of music.

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5

Taken as a whole, it's pretty amazing. It has some parts that sort of drag for me, but I think they may be necessary in the concept album as a whole. It has some of their best singles, with Hey You, Comfortably Numb, and of course, Another Brick in the Wall being stand outs. Not my favorite Pink Floyd album, but it's still great.

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5

Of course Mama's gonna help build the wall... Depressing, dark, psychotic, disturbing and some how beautiful, just absolutely brilliant. It's shame Waters was(is) such a narcissistic dbag and this was the last great piece of music he and the rest of the band ever made.

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5

This was going to be a 5-star before I listened again, but it was a real treat go back into this album with purpose and desire to look into it more deeply.

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5

Been a while - still love this.

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5

It's a story. It's a well crafted story of education, hope and despair. And it needs to be listened to as an album rather than one track on a playlist. Hell, the whole album should be passed off as one track

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5

4.6 - A supreme road trip album. Ideally consumed in its entirety in one sitting. Each song fits together like a puzzle piece to build a narrative arc that involves a misfit who won’t conform to an authoritarian regime, gets addicted to drugs and whores which leaves him feeling lonely and ultimately drives him insane. In the last quarter of the album we follow him from institutionalization, to crime, to recrimination. And he’s ultimately executed. Heavy! Lots of amazing and familiar songs along the way (“Comfortably Numb”, “Run Like Hell”, “Young Lust”, “Hey You”).

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5

One of my favourites album.

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5

I had been waiting patiently for this album

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5

5/5. Best Album objectively 👍

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