Listen: Roger Waters' Lead Single Off First Album in 25 Years Has a Strong Pink Floyd Vibe

"Is This The Life We Really Want?" coming your way on June 2.

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Listen: Roger Waters' Lead Single Off First Album in 25 Years Has a Strong Pink Floyd Vibe

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters is streaming "Smell the Roses" as the lead single off "Is This The Life We Really Want?", his first solo album in 25 years. 

Produced by Radiohead's Nigel Godrich, the record is due out on June 2 via Columbia Recors, featuring 12 fresh tracks from Mr. Waters.

Apart from Roger on vocals, acoustic and bass guitar and Nigel on keyboards and guitar, the album features Gus Seyffert (bass, guitar, keyboards), Jonathan Wilson (guitar, keyboards), Joey Waronker (drums), Roger Manning (keyboards), Lee Pardini (keyboards), and Lucius (vocals) with Jessica Wolfe and Holly Proctor.

The goods await below.

'Is This The Life We Really Want?' track listing

1. When We Were Young
2. Deja Vu
3. The Last Refugee
4. Picture That
5. Broken Bones
6. Is This the Life We Really Want?
7. Bird in a Gale
8. The Most Beautiful Girl
9. Smell the Roses
10. Wait for Her
11. Oceans Apart
12. Part of Me Died

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    sounds more like pink floyd than endless river or division bell. 
    I think that this is... like Animals mixed with The Final Cut with a hint of Have a Cigar. Anyway - nothing original actually and really nothing new. And Waters sounds old. That's kind of sad... From an experienced, accomplished musician like himself I'd expect to evolve musically rather then repeat his work from 30 years back. The Wall and The Final Cut were mostly Waters' albums, with the notable exception of Comfortably Numb, which is Gilmour's music, with Waters' changing the key to Bm and writing lyrics. The Final Cut is even labeled on the cover as "a requiem for the post-war dream by roger waters". Momentary Lapse and Division Bell were different because the rest of the band were allowed creative freedom after parting ways with Waters. So you can hear again more influences like before Animals. And to me if it's different - that's great, something fresh. The Endless River should be treated as Pink Floyd's tribute to Rick Wright and official farewell, closing speculations of reuinion and unreleased recordings and it has an atmosphere of melanholy which suits it. So yeah. It sounds more like Pink Floyd just before Waters' departure for at that point of time it was kind of Waters' solo band. And again - it's sad he repeats his stuff from 30 years back.
    If someone told me this was a Waters-Floyd reunion song/album I would think nothing of it. Lots of elements from 70's PF albums on this track.
    You write an incredulous headline that the man that formed and wrote the majority of Pink Floyd's output has written some music that sounds like Pink Floyd?   You are special kinda stupid. 
      I love Roger Waters and Pink Floyd, but unfortunately they do not have the weight today against groups like Radiohead in terms of creativity and originality. It sounds old 
    If you include Radiohead in that comparison with Radiohead then I'd agree. They, like Waters and Floyd, had loads of creativity and experimentation at one point, and then settled on a "sound". I instantly know a new track is Radiohead because these days they're all the fucking same. Not bad, they're good - but no longer very creative. And for me there's nothing wrong with that, music isn't a creativity pissing contest. All I care about is how/if it makes me feel.
    Just like every Pink Floyd song. Average idea/music at best. But damn the production is superb (at least imo)
    Yeah Echoes and Atom Heart Mother are sooooo average. Basically just ripping off everyone else at the time. (Sarcasm)