Another standout track is “Not Now John” with David Gilmour handling lead vocals, even though Waters wrote it and does some vocal work on the song. It’s easily the most hard rocking track on the record with a heavy guitar riff and a thumping drum beat. “Not Now John” examines the global policy at the time and harkens to people only caring about trivial things “Who cares what it’s about as long as the kids go”. The final part of the song is sung by Waters who mocks global and British foreign policy and how “We showed Argentina, now let’s go and show these. Makes us feel tough and wouldn’t Maggie be pleased.” Then he’s heard wailing “Oh Britannia, Britannia” but mocking the British Empire with his tone.
The album’s title track is a leftover from The Wall sessions, and while it’s a great song, the theme of isolation and suicide doesn’t quite fit the war and economic elements of the album. It fits much better into The Wall, although the sound and Waters’ impressive effort on vocals, fits right into The Final Cut.
Final Cut is not a Waters Solo Album
Many decry the album as a Roger Waters solo effort, which just isn’t the case. Sure Waters and Gilmour were fighting and had essentially split, but Gilmour still plays some phenomenal guitar on the record and drummer Nick Mason is steady as always. Only keyboardist Richard Wright was missing after getting booted from the band during sessions for The Wall. Yes, Waters wrote all the songs on Cut, but that was nothing new for Pink Floyd since the Animals record as he took over more and more writing duties because Gilmour and Wright didn’t bring much to the table. Since Wish You Were Here, Gilmour only wrote “Dogs”, and co-wrote on three Wall tracks (“Young Lust”, “Comfortably Numb” and “Run Like Hell”). So The Final Cut is no more of a Waters solo album than any of those previous Pink Floyd releases.
If you have written off The Final Cut – Pink Floyd’s last great album – as not being worth listening to, check it out again. It’s actually a very strong Floyd record and sounds amazing the morning after a night of very heavy drinking.