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Album Review

Roger Waters' second solo album is yet another conceptual narrative, one that tells the tale of a wheelchair-bound boy who tries to halt the threat of nuclear war through his use of the HAM radio. The story line isn't held together as tightly as his first album, and the whole fable seems a little too far fetched, even when taken lightly. Unlike The Pros and Cons album, the music here overrides the narrative, but not by much, highlighted by the upbeat pop single "Radio Waves." The last tune, entitled "The Tide Is Turning," is the only other focal point of the album, an honest-sounding ballad that relinquishes a glimmer of hope in an otherwise unpromising world. Waters' anti-war theme is stretched full across the album, but the music itself struggles to capture any attention, bogged down by half-whispers and flat-lined melodies that are only slightly resuscitated from time to time with some trumpet and saxophone. The novelty of Los Angeles disc jockey Jim Ladd wears off quickly, as he was obviously used to add some lightheartedness to the album's pessimistic undertones. Waters' use of imagery and thematic depth are absent from Radio K.A.O.S., leaving his superficial spiel with barely any sustenance, which in turn hinders the moral of the album so that it fails to reach its fruition. While both The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking and Amused to Death convey his talented use of concept, imagination, and lyrical mastery, this album seems to be nothing more than a fictional tale with a blatantly apparent message.

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Radio K.A.O.S: A Review

I recently purchased this album off itunes and I couldn't be happier! The quality of the recording really comes through on this one. Every bass line, guitar riff, keyboard note, sound effect, and vocal track meshes together perfectly and yet each is distinct and crisp creating a sonic experience only a few key artists can attain. I used both a more expensive Maxell cd-r and very generic house-brand cd-r to burn it, and even on the cheaper blank cd, this sounds superb...nearly identical to a store bought copy! Played on my Yamaha receiver and Pioneer speakers, this is one to be experienced! As far as the music itself goes, this is typical Waters. Each track melds into one another and tells a complete story from start to finish. My favorite track is "Who Needs Information" because I grew up during this era, graduating from high school not long after the release of K.A.O.S and it gives me a feeling of a typical summer night in the 80's that only those of us who were there could relate to and feel. Even though some of the ideals of the songs may be outdated, the general themes still hold to this day and age. Roger Waters, in my opinion, is the greatest song writer living today. He has the uncanny ability to take me to places and feel things just by creating songs and writing the great lyrics he does so well. Do yourself a favor and give yourself the experience that is Radio K.A.O.S!!!

It's good if you can get over the 80s

Radio Kaos is actually a pretty good album. It was the first Roger Waters solo album I listened to, and it did hurt a little to see someone from Pink Floyd conform so much to an era like he does with this "80s sound", but it doesn't fill the whole thing, and can be overlooked rather easily. So if your a fan of Roger Waters or Pink Floyd, and are desperately looking for something fresh, this will get the job done.

Love it

This is my favorite Waters album, by far. Excellent guitar work, really good stuff here. If you dont have it or have never heard it, do yourself a favor.


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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