Sound — 9
When I first listened to this album, I didn't really know much about Pink Floyd, I didn't really know much about music, so after having listenend to the popular songs (Another Brick), it lay rather forgotten in the back of my mind. After having dveloped my musical culture a bit more, I listened to it completely, and there it dawned on me what an absolute masterpiece it was. It has a rather gritty feel to it. You sometimes shiver from it's dark, harsh side. You have some odd sounds that pop out around the disc and Roger's voice (he sings most of the songs) haunts throughout the album. Of course, David's singing is as good as ever, but when Roger sings Goodbye Cruel World, there's something quite unexplainable about the way his smooth, calm voice penetrates your soul. Gilmour's solos are absolutely incredible (as usual), they're all quite long, although they don't feel it. There are some nice piano parts (Nobody Home). There isn't one song that isn't a masterpiece, although it is a rather difficult album to relate to.
Lyrics — 10
It's hard to find lyrics with such profound meanings and poetry. You musn't forget that this is rock opera, and personnaly I find the story better presented than in Tommy for example. It is a clever and moving portrayal of modern life, druggs, love, childhood and war. It's a dark and complex story about a rockstar who's father died in the war when he was a child (so did Waters') and he has difficulty socialising with other people (his wife, his mother). At school all the children are beaten terribly by the Teachers, these schoolboys are the "Worms", a theme often used trhroughout tha album. It's often difficult to understand everything that's happening, but when you look closely at the lyrics, you see better what an amazing album The Wall is.
Overall Impression — 10
If it was lost I would get this album back straightaway, it's so quintessential. You don't easily forget songs like Comfortably Numb (the solo), The Thin Ice or even The Trial. At it's core it's so deep yet quite simple, there are some great riffs, great solos, great lyrics, and great singing. A must have.