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Robert Wyatt is a rare bird. His remarkable career began forty years ago drumming and singing for Soft Machine, a post-psych outfit tied to the “Canterbury Scene” of the late ‘60s that yielded Pink Floyd & Gong among others. His ensuing and far longer solo period speaks volumes
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  • Audio CD (8 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B000S9KSH8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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ROBERT WYATT Comicopera (2007 UK 16-track CD album gatefold card wallet picture sleeve with extensive booklet. A widescreen vision of love songs political statement and beautiful haunting melody more light and live sounding than its predecessors. The sound of a group of musicians and friends like Anja Garbarek Paul Weller & Brian Eno playing in the room together WIGCD202)

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Three years on from Cuckooland, Comicopera is just that: A tragicomedy split into three parts dealing with matters domestic, political and spiritual. Robert Wyatt is a man who we've come to expect to behave like an 'institution', if only by dint of the fact that he's now been turning out brilliant work virtually undiminished since the late 60s (including his amazing work as Soft Machine's drummer). Thus, it seems like a rude awakening that the first third of this album concerns itself with a story of domestic strife that mirrors his own recent battle with alcoholism.

But then you realise that it's a story told by the other - now inextricable - half of Team Wyatt - his partner, Alfreda Benge. With all the honesty, modesty and candour that's made Robert and Alfie such enduring treasures in an increasingly vapid musical landscape, they fearlessly chronicle the foibles that nearly tore them apart. The key text here is the duet with Karen Mantler about the pitfalls of long-term partnership on 'Just As You Are'.

Wyatt himself would be the first to admit to a fondness for pop in its purest form, and so it is that Comicopera is dotted with some quite exquisite tunes. It's a more jazz-inflected offering than the previous album which eschewed the lo-fi vibe that really suits his delivery. Just listen to him muttering about flattened roadkill on the beginning of 'A Beautiful Peace'!

Comicopera still retains the loping, swing-inflected forms that never bludgeon you with polemic or too much structure but gently entice you in to a parallel world where Wyatt's voice - often approaching the sound of an interior monologue - makes you feel right at home. As such the album's politicised middle section - Here And Now - becomes doubly effective as thought-provoking material. It addresses issues such as theological uncertainty ('Be Serious') or the two sides of a middle Eastern bombing raid with 'A Beautiful War' and 'Out Of The Blue' which disarmingly describes the devastation wrought with the line 'something unbelievable is happening to the floor'.

Aided by the usual suspects like Eno (creepy vocals on 'Out Of The Blue'), Phil Manzanera, Paul Weller and saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, Comicopera only dips slightly in its last third - Away With The Fairies - where with having spent all his bile in English, he continues entirely in Spanish. The songs remain as delicately effecting, though Lorca's poetry (on 'Cancion De Julieta') may be wasted on English ears. But no matter; it's still an album of this or any other year. --Chris Jones

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2007
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I'm unable to classify Robert Wyatt - it's jazzy, poppy, mellow and all sung with those wonderful vocals. With contributions from first class musicians like Brian Eno & Gilad Atzmon, the music floats and shimmers, but never gets dull and never gets repetitive. The sparse lyrics are intruiging.

A true original.
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I first heard this on release back in 2007/2008 and it knocked me sideways. I've other RW albums but this is at the top of the pile; the very best (I'm aware of) in other words. I was getting into Soft Machine at the time and could totally see this is the same guy on those albums that I soon loved... probably because of his 'approach'... and certainly the regularly ambiguous lyrics and his voice seems to have changed so little except to have obviously matured (you could never really guess his age from the vocals) and I think it's quite versatile actually - when you sit and really take in what he's doing.

It's so hard to explain what makes this and the man great, in my eyes (I had no idea who he was until 2006ish when I picked up a 3 LP box set of Soft Machine, called Triple Echo) - I know it would not be for everyone but for some, it is a masterpiece and in parts, quite spooky - especially on headphones! :)
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Will Dwyer on 6 Oct. 2007
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and this is no exception! i was sad to see that some-one had posted a 3-star review before it's been released, so i thought i'd write telling people not to panic

i'm listening to this album as i write, and it's nearly over and i can honestly say it's been very enjoyable. any-one who's listened to robert's music will know it quite hard to talk about as the music is so original and different...but you should certainly expect the unexpected, as with most wyatt albums!

To get to the point thought, certainly an album worth buying if your a robert wyatt fan, a welcome refreshment to the commercial annoyance's i'm used to hearing when i turn on the radio!
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14 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Brien VINE VOICE on 3 Oct. 2007
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Robert Wyatt has always been a bit of an oddity. Born English but always a globetrotter, he was the singing drummer for late sixties prog-rockers Soft Machine. After falling out of a window and rendering himself paraplegic, he concentrated on a politically-orientated solo career, gaining particular praise for his melancholy cover of Elvis Costello's Falklands War anthem, Shipbuilding.

Comicopera is his first album for Arctic Monkeys label Domino, and it's a strange, sprawling affair. Split into three "acts" named "Lost in Noise", "A Beautiful Peace" and "Away With the Fairies", it contains music as weird as you'd expect from this long-time maverick.

Some of the best moments are whimsically English: the delightful trumpet-and-bass led AWOL tells a Syd Barrett-esque kind of story in whirling 6/8 time ("the tick and the tock of the damnable clock....waving at trains that no longer run"). The engagingly amateurish A Beautiful War and the wheezy Mob Rule, though they last barely over two minutes each, have ample time to cast their weird little spells. Other songs involve contributions from his wife Alfreda Benge, notable imagineer Brian Eno, his ex-Roxy Music cohort Phil Manzanera and from Paul Weller.

Act 3 contains several fairly endless Latin-flavoured wigouts that may provide a bit of sunshine but ultimately tend towards the tedious - especially the seven-and-a-half-minute Cancion de Julieta and the desperately dull percussion-led Pastafari.

Wyatt himself says the album is about "human foibles" - and that's probably the best way to describe its musical content. Odd but interesting.

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