Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

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Rate this album

5 - Best
19
30%
4
8
13%
3
16
25%
2
6
9%
1 - Worst
15
23%
 
Total votes: 64

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Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Keith Jordan » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:44 pm

This thread is to discuss Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking and is linked to from the Pink Floyd Discography section.

Feel free to discuss the album!

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01. 4:30 AM (Apparently They Were Travelling Abroad)
02. 4:33 AM (Running Shoes)
03. 4:37 AM (Arabs with Knives and West German Skies)
04. 4:39 AM (For the First Time Today, Part 2)
05. 4:41 AM (Sexual Revolution)
06. 4:47 AM (The Remains of Our Love)
07. 4:50 AM (Go Fishing)
08. 4:56 AM (For the First Time Today, Part 1)
09. 4:58 AM (Dunroamin, Duncarin, Dunlivin)
10. 5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10)
11. 5:06 AM (Every Stranger's Eyes)
12. 5:11 AM (The Moment of Clarity)

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Hogtown » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:57 pm

When you study English Literature, one of the first things you are taught is that ending any story with it all being a dream is "poetic fallacy". I think you can say Roger committed poetic fallacy in the case of this album.

I like the sound of this album, but don't care for the lyrics that much.

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Damn!t » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:39 pm

Sexual Revolution and The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking are allright songs ...the rest so - so...
2 ...at most.

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Real Pink in the Inside » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:47 pm

My least favorite solo album by Roger Waters, but it's still quite good. It certainly grows on you over time...

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by David Smith » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:21 am

Brilliant concept and atmosphere, lyrically my favourite Waters album although occasionally spoilt by embarassing production. Oh, and that god awful title track. Other than that i really like it though and would call it by far the best solo album

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Eclipse » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:11 pm

Well, this album starts out in an amazing way, keeps going really good (great guitar from Clapton, great lyrics and vocals from Roger), but near the end that AWFUL title track begins...why Roger, why??

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Annoying Twit » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:16 pm

Dave, Rick, and Nick would have been able to beat this album into shape.

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Hudini » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:11 pm

Not more than 3.

IMHO, "Sexual Revolution", "Go Fishing" and "Every Stranger's Eyes" hold up well, the rest of it has a couple of great moments, but for me the whole album was ruined by the awful guitar work of Eric Clapton at the rock bottom of his career. There are also a lot of themes that seem like "The Final Cut" leftovers and the story isn't really great at all.

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Yucateco » Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:42 am

i love that album, but i agree with Eclipse, the title track is just soooo strange

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Zack » Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:50 pm

Favorite Waters solo album by a long shot. Unintentionally hilarious in parts.

Having the backing vocalists doing the chorus of the title track was a very bad idea.

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by princessDungan74D » Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:42 pm

I like this album. It may not be Rogers best but its good.

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Sonic Destruction » Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:44 pm

This album is very close to being faultless (apart from that strange Barvarian bar piece on side one). The lyrics are just awesome, and with Clapton around I don't even miss Dave on guitar.

Highlights are: "Go Fishing", "Sexual Revolution", "Every Stranger's Eyes", title track (I really love it!!!), and ... well, all of it.

This is Roger's best solo album by a long, long way. In fact, it is the only solo album by any Floyds that stands up well against the parent band. If only Rog had continued hitch-hiking down this particular road.

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by David Smith » Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:28 pm

Pat Albertson wrote:This album is very close to being faultless
As much as i like the album i have to strongly disagree. The title track just ruins the flow for me and provides a truly cringeworthy moment in the piece. That and i find Every Stranger's Eyes ridiculously epic

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by thehumanzoo » Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:35 pm

It seems as though there is a large divide in opinions on this album. Personally, I've struggled to get into it and find Radio KAOS and Amused to Death superior.

Lyrically I kind of get it and there are points of interest throughout the whole album, however, I find the music pretty dull on the whole. Whilst some reviewers above appear to like Clapton on this album, I do not think it was one of his finest moments.

I have always seen this album as a bunch of demos with a few effects added. Worth an occasional listen, but I've not dusted it off much since getting it.

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Re: Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking

Post by Sonic Destruction » Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:36 pm

David Smith wrote:
Pat Albertson wrote:This album is very close to being faultless
As much as i like the album i have to strongly disagree. The title track just ruins the flow for me and provides a truly cringeworthy moment in the piece. That and i find Every Stranger's Eyes ridiculously epic
I think both those tracks are excellent.

Isn't it strange how different people can be so strongly into the same band and yet hold radically opposing views as to the merits of specific tracks or albums?