on 18 January 2000
This is Robert Wyatt's first album since he unofficially went on "strike" after Britain voted for the Conservatives *again* in 1992, and it is absolutely fantastic.
All the old favourites are back: Phil Manzanera, Evan Parker, Brian Eno and, more unusually, Paul Weller (who makes an excellent contribution). Gone are the in-your-face political lyrics that could sometimes be a bit cringeworthy (a la Dondestan), in are fantastic lyrics, amazing tunes, fabulously rich and complicated musical textures, and above all the sound of a load of excellent musicians having fun!
The first track, "Heaps of Sheeps", really gets you in the mood with good basslines, a wonderful beat, and lyrics that are faintly similar to "Soup Song" in that they use a very strange metaphor to describe what he thinks his place is in the scheme of things.
Other songs include Blues in Bob minor, which harks back to those clever Dylan lyrics where every word means several differennt things, and The Duchess, which features a very odd, swaying texture, with Evan Parker very prominent.
Critics described this as the best album since "Rock Bottom", and they're right. An absolute must for anyone who has liked Wyatt's stuff in the past, and a very good introduction for those who haven't heard Wyatt before to the extreme versatility he (and the other musicians) have.
on 25 June 2013
I love Rock Bottom and Ruth is Stranger than Richard. Shleep is as good - Robert at his challenging best. It is a complete album, with no tracks you want to skip.
I return to it often, and am never disappointed. Thanks, Robert.
on 7 May 2014
It's hard to find a truly unique voice in pop music anymore, since the intentional obsession with the X Factor and The Voice dumbed everything down to four minutes of autotuned yelping and underwear models.
Robert Wyatt is a national treasure. With his wife and muse Alfie, who contributes lyrics and wonderful imaginative artwork, Wyatt is a true one off, not bowing to current trends and fashion, not trying to second guess what the public want, not striving for column inches in the popular press.
What we have here is an individual vision of such high intelligence it's practically in a class of it's own. It's hard to pigeon hole Wyatt's music, sometimes folk, sometimes jazz, sometimes progressive rock, it is impossible to pick a genre without him exploring it, turning it inside out, and making it purely his own.
There are funny songs, poignant songs and political songs on here, stuff to make you laugh, cry and think.
I can't recommend this album enough, please do take a chance on this one, Rock Bottom, or Greatest Misses for an aural experience you will never forget.
on 21 June 2012
Wonderful and weird, that is what we love about Robert, a strange mix of folk and jazz with appearances from P.Weller,B.Eno and P.Manzanara . Robert Wyatt has a completely different approach to music than anyone I can think of , if your a bit tired of your record collection listen to this it will certainly make you think . Strange but accessible .
on 18 June 2007
This stuff is brill! I love how Mr Wyatt sounds like a crossover between Kate Bush and Pink Floyd musically, and also how he sounds like one of the Wurzel's while he sings!
Funny, isn't it? Well, once you hear his classy musicians do their stuff, you'll fall in love!