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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 (17 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B001FQFET0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

It may be six years since Robert Wyatt's last album (Shleep), and he may admit to a one song a year work rate, but the the end results contain a spontaneity and charm that remains peerless. Wyatt exists in a hermetic world where working methods remain unhurried by market forces and he regularly performs the seemingly impossible alchemical marriage of enchanting melody and politically charged lyrical content. It's some balancing act; until you realise that he's not even on the high wire. He's wryly observing the bedlam we inhabit from the bottom of his garden. Listening to Cuckooland is akin to having a cup of tea with a very, very intelligent friend. It soothes as it pricks the conscience.

Since Rock Bottom, his solo debut proper (he himself regards earlier effort End Of An Ear asjuvenilia), Wyatt has, along with partner Alfreda Benge and a host of eminent and multi-talented friends, made albums that run parallel to modern recorded art. By now we all know what he likes. Jazz (preferably with free or bop roots), charmingly spare arrangements and a plethora of interesting (read: slightly wonky) instrumentation. ''Cuckoo Madame'' finds Robert even employing the same cheap keyboard sounds that he used on Rock Bottom. And why not? It suits his voice down to the ground.

Of course since his earliest days with the Soft Machine he's claimed to be more jazzer than avant gardener. With Cuckooland the influences are more evident than ever. Take ''Trickle Down'' with its rising and descending bassline. Like so much on Cuckooland, it swings with aplomb. And it's hardly surprising when you consider input from luminaries such as Gilad Atzmon, Annie Whitehead and, most importantly, Karen Mantler. (The daughter of Carla Bley; she provides vocals, songs and even harmonica on a host of tracks). ''Old Europe'' even takes as its text the legendary Paris jazz scene of the late 50s. Yet you never feel that Robert's wallowing in nostalgia, but painting an impressionistic world where Miles and Juliette Greco still romance each other in monochrome streets.

Politically he's as perplexed (and as pointed) as ever. The key title here is ''Forest''. A scorching indictment of British immigration policy that, nevertheless, manages to be utterly lovely (only Wyatt could get old mate David Gilmour to deliver lines as fluid as he did back in the day). ''Cuckoo Madame'' just may be about Margaret Thatcher and ''La Ahada Yalam'' proves that there's still something pertinent to be said about the atom bomb.

This is classic Wyatt. Brian Eno adds his tell-tale fairy dust and Benge's lyrics should now be recognized as the perfect match for one of England's most enduring and endearing voices (special mention here for ''Lullaloop''). Wyatt shows himself to be no slouch on the cornet (''Old Europe'' conjures up a veritable big band sound from two players), yet it's the voice that remains his primary instrument. He modestly refers to it as 'now reduced to a wino's mutter', but no other artist has yet to approach the abstractions, humbleness and, let's be honest, cuteness that marks him as instantly recognisable. Time for England to listen to its conscience again: over a nice cup of tea... --Chris Jones

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Meader on 1 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
There's something about Robert Wyatt's haunting & mournful voice that makes me feel happy and sad at the same time, and on Cuckooland, his latest album, his voice is as wisftfully compelling as ever, while the material is as good as anything he has ever released.
For those who don't know Robert Wyatt don't expect an easy ride - his songs are unusual quirky multi-layered affairs that bely their inital simplicity, although the subject matter on this album, such as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, are often quite dark.
Clocking in at 75 minutes (with a 30 second gap halfway thru "for those with tired ears to pause..."), Wyatt is supported on this CD by, amongst others, his partner Alfreda Benge, Annie Whitehead, Dave Gilmour, Paul Weller and the excellent Gilad Atzmon whose contributions add to the jazz tinged soundscape without ever leaving us with any doubt that it's Wyatt's album - and it's a cracker!
I'm only on my second listening and I'm already hooked and I sure this CD will reward constant relistening as the various layers unfold. Recommended to Wyatt fans and as good a place as any for the curious to start !
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Stewart on 9 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
Robert Wyatt does nothing to try to fit into current trends or keep up with "what's happening". He goes his own way and creates heart music that has a universal beauty and sadness... and some where buried deep inside there is hope.
Although this record doesn't turn its back on the real sadnesses of the world it offers some kind of comfort to the listener.
Karen Mantler's contributions vocals and harmonica add even more beauty ...Robert and Karen's reading of Jobim's INSENSATEZ is one of the most moving you'll ever hear.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin Mckenna on 9 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
When Robert Wyatt releases a new album, it is time for the 'real' music fan to listen. This album represents a couple of years work, work which has proved exceedingly worthwhile.
From the opening bars of Just A Bit to the final opus La Ahada Yalam (which is spine-tingling) you will not hear anything more challenging or beautiful in 'popular' music anywhere.
The scope of the music and the content of the lyrics, adressing issues such as discrimination, prejudice and recent wars, only tell half the story, it is the errie way in which it crept up on me and demanded repeated listening, that really made me want to tell others about it.
Nevermind winning the Mercury prize, listening to this album is one of life's wonderful artistic prizes. Highly recemmended.
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