Roger Waters fans can check out a brand new song from the legendary British rocker’s highly anticipated solo studio album Is This the Life We Really Want?, which will hit shelves on June 2 via Columbia. The ex-Pink Floyd frontman has released the audio for the album’s lead single titled “Smell the Roses.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer premiered the single on April 21 on his official YouTube channel. “Smell the Roses” is the only full song to be unveiled from the album asides from a brief teaser clip of the title track posted back in February and follows a Thursday update by the multi-platinum seller, revealing track listing information and guest artist contributions.
“Smell the Roses” has a sound which recalls Pink Floyd’s mid-70’s period and the song would not sound out of place on the band’s classic 1975 studio album Wish You Were Here. Waters pulls no punches in his cautionary lyrics, taking aim at government and a world gone mad as he sings, “There’s a mad dog pulling at his chain/A hint of danger in his eye/Alarm bells raging round his brain/And the chimney’s broken in the sky.”
Is This What We Really Want? is the first rock solo album to be released by Waters since 1992’s Amused to Death. Produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Paul McCartney), the album is the “Money” hitmaker’s fourth solo studio release and features 12 tracks in the standard edition.
Is This What We Really Want? is now available for preorder in CD, digital and vinyl formats. Fans can check out the audio clip for “Smell the Roses” above. For more information, click here.
Prior to the release of Is This What We Really Want?, Rogers will launch the North American leg of his Us + Them Tour. The massive production will kick off May 26 in Kansas City, Missouri, at Sprint Center and wrap up Oct. 28 in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Rogers Arena.
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