Smell the Roses, the first song from Roger Waters new album has just been released.
Since performing at Desert Trip, Roger has been at work completing his new album, “Is This the Life We Really Want?”
On first listen the song sounds a little weak. Roger’s vocals start in his ‘speaking style’ reminiscent of ‘To Kill a Child’. The venomous track starts to pick up pace as the lyrics pack an ever greater punch.
” This is the room where they make the explosives
Where they put your name on the bomb
Here’s where they bury the buts and the ifs
And scratch out words like right and wrong ”
The middle break is reminiscent of the Animals era songs and includes some Dogs barking in the background. The Animals reference makes sense after the contextual success of these songs in concert last year.
I am rapidly growing to like this song. Roger’s vocals gain power as the song runs through with punchy backing singers adding to the texture with ‘Gilmour style’ guitars kicking in to end the track on a high.
If this is a portent of the new album, then we could be in for a treat!