Roger Waters – Radio K.A.O.S. (1987/2014) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Roger Waters – Radio K.A.O.S. (1987/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:41:20 minutes | 451 MB | Genre: Rock
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Radio K.A.O.S. is the second studio album by British rock musician and former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters. It was Waters’ first album after his split from Pink Floyd in 1985. Like his previous and future studio albums and many works of his during his time with Pink Floyd, this is a concept album. The album is based around a number of key factors of politics in the late 1980s – monetarism, and its effect on citizens. It also makes criticisms of Margaret Thatcher’s government, much like Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut, another album conceived by Waters. Other influences include popular culture of the 1980s, and the choices and consequences of the Cold War and its effect on world politics and society.

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.

01 – Radio Waves
02 – Who Needs Information
03 – Me or Him
04 – The Powers That Be
05 – Sunset Strip
06 – Home
07 – Four Minutes
08 – The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)