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Robert Wyatt


Canterbury Scene

3.79 | 103 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Another charming release from Mr.Wyatt. I really relate to some of the lyrics on this record that are like snapshots of his life on the beach during his stay in Spain. Even the album cover makes me feel good. It's all because I live near a beach and spend a lot of time down there. Wyatt plays all the instruments, and it's cool his wife wrote the lyrics for 5 tracks, with Robert writing the words for other five. Hugh Hopper composed the music for "Lisp Service". I have the remastered version which was mixed at Phil Manzanera's Gallery Studios.

"CP Jeebies" is mellow with piano and light drums.It's Wyatt's vocals that make this such great track. "N.I.O. (New Information Order)" has some wonderful atmosphere to it. I really like the over one minute intro before the vocals come in. "Dondestan" was quite annoying the first few times I heard it but this silly song makes me laugh now. It helped reading the lyrics to it. Waves of sound come in after 3 minutes as Wyatt does his vocal melodies. "Sight Of The Wind" is a great song about the beach and a storm that allowed the rubbish to dance. As Wyatt sings waves of sounds and different noises provide the backdrop.

"Shrinkrap" features piano and fast paced vocals that come and go. We hear drums and pulsating sounds as well. I like it. "Catholic Architecture" is slow paced with atmosphere. More waves of sound to end it. Yeah the beach is all over this album. "Worship" has some excellent lyrics. Funny but thought provoking. I really like Robert's vocals in this one and the overall sound. "Costa" features the best drum work on the record that starts a minute in. "Left On Man" has a catchy beat with biting words. I like the vocal arrangements. "Lisp Service" is another song with some atmosphere especially late.

There is a drawing of the beach in the liner notes, as well as a photo of the sun sinking below the water as it sets. Just like at home here. I agree with Syzygy that this is a strong album that is worth 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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