First Listen – Roger Waters, Smell the Roses

Roger Waters Smell the roses

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 ” 

(Roger Waters Smell the Roses – Lyrics)

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!

Jamie is a luxury travel blogger and the creator of Wine Travel and Song. You can find him on a ‘plane with a head full of music or in the pages of this blog! Next Stops; Tel Aviv, Paris and TBD!