I was a senior in high school, depressed and angst-ridden when I first got into Pink Floyd. I really liked their "musical" outings like Dark Side and WYWH, but the Waters' dominated narratives of The Wall and The Final Cut really hit a chord with me. At the time, I thought that The Final Cut was probably the best album I had heard, and certainly Floyd's best. I hadn't listened to it in ages, but I pulled it out yesterday and it still holds up. Some things I liked/like about this album: 1. The sound of the disc. Whether it was due to Holophonics or not, the sound literally jumped out of the speakers. Even the original disc is still a "show-stopper" for me when trying to test dynamics on my system. 2. The lyrics, which are of excellent quality. The vitriol just drips from the words. 3. The guitar solos. Despite Gilmour's hatred for this project, his guitar work is boss throughout. 4. The narrative. I'm not embarrassed to admit that I cried the first time I heard this album, and just thinking about the lyrics today brings a tear to my eye. To me, the story is more linear than The Wall, and is obviously easier to follow than subsequent Waters' efforts. 5. The message. Despite your political orientation, Waters' observations about our world after World War II are still, obviously, relevant today. 6. The voice. Typically, I prefer Gilmour's angelic singing to Waters' rasp. But on this project, I think Rog's strained voice helps the effort by giving it more emotion. 7. The Comparison. Many people thought that The Final Cut was just Wall-lite. I happen to think it's better than The Wall, not mere "spare bricks." If anything, I think the Final Cut is more streamlined than the bloated Wall. 8. The Reviews. The album sold poorly compared to the other Floyd epics, and obviously every Floyd member save Waters is pretty down on this project. However, Kurt Loder and Rolling Stone gave the album 5 stars in 1983. Loder called it the greatest album-length antiwar diatribe to date, or something along those lines. But when the year end awards came around for RS, The Final Cut was nowhere to be found, replaced by Murmur, Synchronicity, War, and Thriller. All good albums themselves, but what about continuity, RS? Imagine my chagrin when I purchased both The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking and Radio KAOS soon after my initial listen to The Final Cut. The Pros and Cons is tolerable, but KAOS is atrocious. The lesson? That Waters solo efforts, which is what the Final Cut essentially was, needed Gilmour. And, in my opinion, Gilmour needed the ideas of Waters as well. Does anyone else love this album as much as I do?