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When dissected carefully, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking becomes a fascinating conceptual voyage into the workings of the human psyche. As an abstract peering into the intricate functions of the subconscious, Waters' first solo album involves numerous dream sequences that both figuratively and symbolically unravel his struggle with marriage, fidelity, commitment, and age at the height of a midlife crisis. While the songs (titled by the times in which Waters experiences each dream) seem to lack in musical fluidity at certain points, they make up for it with ingenious symbolism and his brilliant use of stream of consciousness within a subconscious realm. Outside from the deep but sometimes patchy narrative framework, the music slightly lacks in rhythm or hooks, except for the title track that includes some attractive guitar playing via Eric Clapton. David Sanborn's saxophone is another attribute, adding some life to "Go Fishing" and "The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking." But it's truly the imagery and the visual design of the album that is front and center, since the importance lies in what Waters is trying to get across to the audience, decorated somewhat casually by his singing and the music. With Pink Floyd, the marriage of Waters' concepts and ideas with the talented musicianship of the rest of the band presented a complete masterpiece in both thought and music, while his solo efforts lean more toward the conceptual aspects of his work. With this in mind, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking continues to showcase Waters' unprecedented knack of addressing his darkest thoughts and conceptions in a most extraordinary fashion.

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The Pros and Cons of Roger Waters

Maybe you took so long to listen to this album because you regard Roger Waters as an egomaniacal, cynical wretch, smug behind his curtain of bitter pessimism. Or maybe you've grown weary of tirades against The Man and Orwellian cliche from self-righteous, sophmoric Pink Floyd fans who just finished a doobie and one side of Dark Side of the Moon. All that falls by the wayside here. From the sheer imagination involved in the conceptual brainwork of dream content played out in real time to Waters' remarkable lyrical facillity and musicianship, this album is a masterpiece. I must warn you, however, that it is very challenging. It may come across as entirely inacessible at first. The first thing to strike you will probably be the pinioning back and forth between the sparse, ambient melodies and the thundering melodramatic crescendos. Next, your attention will be drawn to Eric Clapton's loud tasty blues chops. In fact, Clapton channels Gilmour so well that the sound still resembles Pink Floyd. David Sanborn's stylized sax stabs like a knife. Once you've heard the album a good few times, Waters' subtle melodies begin to cut their way into your unconscious. All of a sudden you find yourself in a public place pantomiming major air guitar solos and screaming along with Waters and the backup singers. Once you've given the lyrics a good going over, you will find that Waters has painted a very impressionistic portrait of the unconscious; one that turns out to be remarkably human after all.

The greatest album ever made

If you like clapton, if you like floyd, if you like concept albums, Than this is the album for you, My favorite album of all time. Listen to it once and you will be hooked listen to it twice and you will be listening to it every day. Try it with headphones on to here all the commotion in the background.

The BEST Waters album of all time

This is it. Plain and simple. Greatest hidden gem of all. Most of friends love Pink Floyd but have never heard this album. I only play it for those friends who I know would really appreciate it.


Born: September 6, 1943 in Great Bookham, Cambridge, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Roger Waters was Pink Floyd's grand conceptualist, the driving force behind such albums as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. In the wake of Syd Barrett's departure, Waters emerged as a formidable songwriter, but it's this stretch of '70s albums -- each one nearly symphonic in its reach -- that established him as a distinctive, idiosyncratic voice within rock and, following his departure from Floyd in 1985, he continued to create new works in this vein (notably, 1992's Amused...
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