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Robert Wyatt


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3.72 | 57 ratings

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4 stars Dondestan is the fifth full-length studio album by British progressive rock artist Robert Wyatt. The album was originally released in 1991 but according to the liner notes Robert Wyatt exceeded his planned studio time and the album was mixed and mastered in a rush. In 1998 Robert Wyatt was given the chance to have the album re- mixed and re-mastered and the album was then re-released as Dondestan ( Revisited) . Not only is the album re-mixed and re-mastered but the track order is also different on the 1998 version. I only have the re-mixed 1998 version so I cannot comment on how the original version sounded or how well the track order might have worked but both things work excellently on Dondestan ( Revisited).

The music is unmistakably Robert Wyatt. Rather minimalistic and pre-dominantly melancholic experimental pop/ rock with a touch of jazz. I say pre-dominantly melancholic because as always Robert Wyatt great humour also shines through in songs like the title track and Shrinkrap. The album is recorded solely by Robert Wyatt who sings with his fragile and distinct vocals, plays keyboards, drums and percussion. In that respect Dondestan reminds me of his previous studio album release Old Rottenhat (1985). This one has a better production though. I really enjoy the whole album but itīs the melancholic songs like NIO ( New Information Order) and Sight Of The Wind that really take my breath away. Emotional and intense like only Robert Wyatt can be. All compositions are written by Robert Wyatt except Lisp Service which is co- written with former Soft Machine collegue Hugh Hopper. Some of the lyrics are written by his wife Alfreda Benge

Dondestan is another great album by Robert Wyatt and a testimony to the fact that he was as inspired in 1991 as he was in 1974 when he recorded Rock Bottom which is arguably his masterpiece. Pretty amazing really. A 4 star rating is deserved.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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