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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
Cuckooland
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on 3 December 2015
A few songs too long to be perfect, but a very good effort by Mr. Wyatt.
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on 11 August 2015
great
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on 29 September 2015
Always interesting
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on 9 August 2004
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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on 1 October 2003
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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on 9 September 2004
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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VINE VOICEon 2 October 2006
Robert Wyatt has never been an album a year man, so when he comes up with anything, there's a fair chance it's worth hearing. 'Cuckooland' is no exception. Wyatt combines ethereal synths with jazz rhythms, woodwind and brass and other unorthodox cocktails to mesmerising effect. It isn't easy listening and it isn't to everyone's taste by any means, but it isn't as difficult as it might appear either. Wyatt's style of percussion is one of the highlights, the musical equivalent of the city that never sleeps, hissing and stalking its way through those tracks on which it's used. It's particularly striking on the ambitious, jazzy 'Trickle Down'. On the other hand, the simple device of listing historically significant names in a relentless rhythmic loop does the trick on 'Foreign Accents'. Fortunately, on this as on some other tracks, Wyatt explains the more obscure references on the inner sleeve.

Wyatt makes major statements about the state of the world using small-scale examples, Western powers and cultures coming under particular attack. Not all of the material is his, though, with nearly half the album composed of borrowed material. There's enough here, however, for an old-style double LP, the sixteen tracks spanning 75 minutes. If Wyatt's highly individual approach appeals to you, therefore, you've got a feast on your hands. It's ironic that in an age when classic albums are a genuine rarity, it takes an artist from a previous era to provide us with one.
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on 9 January 2004
I bought this cd on a whim - ok i liked the cover. Amazing stuff - how come I hadn't heard of this man before? - i am currently getting the back catalogue. If you are not completely brain dead and devoted to the latest manufactured pop you should find something on here that you like.
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on 1 January 2004
Robert Wyatt continues to go his own way, unaffected by fashion, commercial considerations or the need to sing in tune. This album is a dreary procession of wistful, one-paced self-indulgent dirges that make you wonder what has he been doing this past six years. The one exception is the Bryants' classic "Raining In My Heart" which has two major advantages over the ther tracks: i) It is a proper tune and ii) Wyatt doesn't sing on it. (I would question whether he sings on the others, too. If you sounded like that at your local pub's karaoke night you wouldn't last long.) Best listen to this carefully before you consider buying it.
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