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NOTHING CAN STOP US

Robert Wyatt

 

Canterbury Scene

3.23 | 29 ratings

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3 stars Nothing Can Stop Us is a collection of songs released as singles ( A-sides and B- sides in the late seventies and early eighties by UK progressive rock artist Robert Wyatt. All songs are covers of other artists songs except opening track Born Again Cretin which is penned by Robert Wyatt himself.

Robert Wyatt became a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1982 and his political beliefs are displayed in the choice of songs for the album. Song titles like Stalin Wasnīt Stallinī, Red Flag, Stalingrad and Trade Union tells more than words. The latter is actually quite an oddity on the album as it features arabian ethnic singing and instrumentation by guest group Disharhi. Most songs er performed solely by Robert Wyatt though and we get to hear lots of his fragile and distinct voice on Nothing Can Stop Us as well as his percussion skills and great ideas for keyboard playing. The music ranges from slightly experimental to more simple pop/ rock but all tracks are interesting. I donīt enjoy the Spanish language sung Caimanera much though with its holiday mood. Maybe if I understood the lyrics I would be more perceptive.

The production is a bit lo-fi IMO and doesnīt match the excellent productions on his first three solo albums.

Nothing Can Stop Us is a kind of political protest album and some people will probably find it offensive but it does have lots of enjoyable moments for fans of experimental music. Fans of Robert Wyatt should definitely check it out even though itīs not his best by any means. 3 stars are deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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