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Is This The Life We Really Want?

Roger Waters

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Since 1979, Roger Waters has been up against The Wall. Almost 40 years after the release of The Wall, the former Pink Floyd bassist has never fundamentally surpassed his great work, the double album that entered into rock legend but which also marked a turning point in the life of the group that he founded in 1965 with Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. In his several solo albums, as well as in the great live performances that re-interpret The Wall, Waters has always worked on the same grandiloquent musical and ideological themes. With Is This The Life We Really Want?, his obsessions with the alienation of the individual by society and imminent apocalypse have not changed one iota. Madness like the excesses of our times naturally form a central part of this record, his first proper studio album since Amused To Death, which came out in 1992. Roger Waters, who surely knew that he needed to introduce a little novelty into his creative universe, had the good idea of entrusting the production to Nigel Godrich, who is mainly known for his work with Radiohead. And to amplify the winds of change, the British producer even roused some of the big names of his generation, like the guitarist Jonathan Wilson, the drummer Joey Waronker and keyboard player Roger Manning. But the Waters fundamentals are still very much audible. And his fans, as well as Floyd fans, will soon feel a sense of homecoming. Roger Waters has not revolutionised his art, his words, and even less his personal touch. Instead, he has set about developing the talent for which he is known. And in his register of rock that verges on the theatrical, he truly excels. © CM/Qobuz

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1
When We Were Young Explicit
00:01:38

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Déjà Vu
00:04:27

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Lucius - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
The Last Refugee
00:04:12

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Lucius - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Picture That Explicit
00:06:47

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Lucius - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Broken Bones Explicit
00:04:57

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Is This the Life We Really Want? Explicit
00:05:55

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Lucius - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Bird In A Gale
00:05:31

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
The Most Beautiful Girl
00:06:09

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Lucius - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Smell the Roses
00:05:15

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Lucius - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Wait for Her
00:04:56

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - Mahmoud Darwish, Lyricist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Lucius - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Oceans Apart
00:01:07

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Part of Me Died
00:03:12

Roger Waters, Associated Performer, Bass, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist, Main Artist - NIGEL GODRICH, Guitar, Keyboards, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Programmer, Recording Engineer - Gus Seyffert, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards - Jonathan Wilson, Guitar, Keyboards - Joey Waronker, Drums - Roger Manning, Keyboards - Lee Pardini, Keyboards - Lucius - Jessica Wolfe - Holly Proctor - Rachel Agnew, Associated Performer - Jane Barbe, Associated Performer - Emma Clarke, Associated Performer - Celia Drummond, Associated Performer - Kathy Somers, Associated Performer - Sam Petts-Davies, Recording Engineer - Darrell Thorp, Recording Engineer - Rouble Kapoor, Assistant Engineer - Wesley Seidman, Assistant Engineer - Monique Evelyn, Assistant Engineer - Gosha Usov, Assistant Engineer - David Campbell

(P) 2017 Jule Pond Productions LLC, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album review

Since 1979, Roger Waters has been up against The Wall. Almost 40 years after the release of The Wall, the former Pink Floyd bassist has never fundamentally surpassed his great work, the double album that entered into rock legend but which also marked a turning point in the life of the group that he founded in 1965 with Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. In his several solo albums, as well as in the great live performances that re-interpret The Wall, Waters has always worked on the same grandiloquent musical and ideological themes. With Is This The Life We Really Want?, his obsessions with the alienation of the individual by society and imminent apocalypse have not changed one iota. Madness like the excesses of our times naturally form a central part of this record, his first proper studio album since Amused To Death, which came out in 1992. Roger Waters, who surely knew that he needed to introduce a little novelty into his creative universe, had the good idea of entrusting the production to Nigel Godrich, who is mainly known for his work with Radiohead. And to amplify the winds of change, the British producer even roused some of the big names of his generation, like the guitarist Jonathan Wilson, the drummer Joey Waronker and keyboard player Roger Manning. But the Waters fundamentals are still very much audible. And his fans, as well as Floyd fans, will soon feel a sense of homecoming. Roger Waters has not revolutionised his art, his words, and even less his personal touch. Instead, he has set about developing the talent for which he is known. And in his register of rock that verges on the theatrical, he truly excels. © CM/Qobuz

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