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Robert Wyatt describes Comicopera, his twelfth solo album, as “about the unpredictable mischief of real life.” It’s also about the unpredictable mischief of Robert Wyatt, whose thoughts and music are never modest or linear. His ambitious concepts, his unusual sense of arrangement, and his lyrical proselytizing make for dark songs that often seem to be banging heads together for the sheer of joy of it. “A Beautiful War” hardly sounds as dire as its intentions, shuffling with a Salvation Army band bleating alongside a single, solitary beat as the reality of war is caricatured with nursery rhyme simplicity, while “Out of the Blue,” with Brian Eno, begins with abrasive dissonance to introduce a hypnotic and ominous musical scenario. Comicopera is divided into three parts, expressing love and loss, war and conflict and, eventually, muted hope. Guests are plentiful, from old friends Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno to unexpected icons such as Paul Weller and a series of collaborators who add unpredictable touches. Wyatt adapts Federico Garcia Lorca, sings in Italian and Spanish, and keeps us guessing which way the road turns up ahead.

Customer Reviews

Immutably Brilliant

Been listening to Robert Wyatt since I was woken up, way too early one morning after a night of way too much, to the sounds of "Sea Song" from the album "Rock Bottom." I can't imagine not having his voice and melody to inform me of some new emotion, word or melody that has been without narration, until now. Beautiful stuff!!

Maddog foams at the ears!

Wyatt lives on an edge that most consider the end of the earth. Those in -ddog's world are living at 2 dimensions. When R.W. started singing in 2 extra languages & playing coronet, although unnecessary, has added a 5th plane. Other listeners may be afraid of travel, and circumvent the airfield. Metaphor aside, perhaps Wyatt is a TRUE anachronist and perfect postmodern musician. Why do some people listen to music they won't understand? Then judge with so much pudding on the brain. I mean that literally. Vive la Wyatting!

A big surprise

This record came out of no where for me. Miles Davis meets Indie Pop crossed with tiny hints of electro. I love seeing someone consider to be so old compared to most modern artist doing something that sounds so new and fresh.


Born: January 28, 1945 in Bristol, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An enduring figure who came to prominence in the early days of the English art rock scene, Robert Wyatt has produced a significant body of work, both as the original drummer for art rockers Soft Machine and as a radical political singer/songwriter. Born in Bristol, England, Wyatt came to Soft Machine during the exciting, slightly post-psychedelic Canterbury Scene of the mid-'60s that produced bands like Gong and Pink Floyd. Unlike many of the art rock bands that would come later (Jethro Tull, Yes,...
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