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Robert Wyatt


Canterbury Scene

4.28 | 903 ratings

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4 stars But I can't understand the different you in the morning when it's time to play at being human for a while.

Rock Bottom is a journey, and an excellent one at that. The leader of this journey is then recently injured Robert Wyatt and the only means of directions that he has is his distinct and compelling voice. Over the course of these songs, Wyatt whisks you away to unfamiliar territory, oddly sensational but strikingly unique. The lyrics are a personal highlight. I honestly can not tell if they are overwhelmingly gibberish or genius poetry, its obviously a combination of the two. The instrumentation is impressive. I've always gotten the feeling of being in an underwater carnival while listening to this album. It's quite moody, but always expressive. The album is very jazz-oriented and it embraces the avant-garde side of jazz. This album is certainly experimental. One area of interest is the reversal of vocals, instruments, and the successful integration thereof. All of this aside, the central focus, for me at least, is Wyatt's incredible voice. It is the element that rings out above the other parts of the music. This distinctive voice found its home amongst this musical background of experimental, expressive, and often bleak jazz. Everything on this album collides as if it has been done RIGHT. This album is a force to behold. I recommend it highly, too interesting and haunting to be missed.

moreitsythanyou | 4/5 |


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