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robert wyatt 'comicopera' robert wyatt
comicopera
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Golden oldie.

Having first drummed in the iffy late-60s jazz-prog combo The Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt’s career has been a long, slow, hiatus-peppered rise to coolness. Here he is, at 62, releasing an album on the same label as Arctic Monkeys. Recorded mostly in his front room in Lincolnshire, the songs on Comicopera rate amongst his very best – emotionally complex, politically charged but never short of beautiful. They’re arranged in three sections – songs of romantic/domestic intrigue; songs where worldly violence intrudes (a bombing raid); and finally a collection of “world music” covers, which pointedly spurn the language of Anglo-American culture. Comicopera thus unequivocally protests against the so-called War On Terror, and yet, thanks to Wyatt’s exquisite, high-pitched voice and homespun, jazzy arrangements, feels humane and totally uplifting.


Andrew Perry 04 October 07 rating of 4 and 1/2
Robert Wyatt - Comicopera, released 08 October 07 on Domino
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dark romance, fine humour, fabulous music! post 1
comment by darkparis12    Oct 8, 2007
This album is a "masterpiece". You may have read this word quite often, but here it is no pompous expression, much more a clear description of a music that offers so many surprises: tunes that won´t leave your ear for their sheer beauty; jazz elements that are woven into the music like dreams (not like straightahead formulas); lyrics that don´t reveal their secrets in a long while; contributions from Brian Eno, Gilad Atzmon a.o. that add to the magic. Nuf said; I love this guy!
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