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on 4 November 2001
While Wyatt's early albums featured lush arrangements and guest musicians, by the mid eighties he had consolidated into a one man production house, producing two albums with just himself playing keyboards, drums and vocals and both are fine pieces of work. Rottenhat is quite approachable with songs following short formats while retaining the air of experiment mixed with sincerity that Wyatt fans so love. Buy it.
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on 7 August 2008
As a fan of the following,

Robert Wyatt's original visions from the wonderful grupo SOFT MACHINE

Signore Wyatt's sense of humor

his decided progressive politics, and thoughtful worldview

his emotive voice

his exotic and crazylouco world view

(on different recordings) that he can sing in a good italian and spanish!

THis cd will not produce any sparks, it is quietly forceful, and even as Signore Wyatt uses drum machine and is at best a rudementary pianista, these compositions stand out for their beauty and for the words, which are very sly and cynical, in the tipical english way.

Recommended, as are ALL Robert Wyatt , from Soft Machine and Matching Mole grupos to the numerous solo efforts.

One cannot be disappointed when a músico makes a 5 star effort!
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on 12 August 2015
Robert Wyatt is a National Treasure. This is some of his finest work from the later period of his work. It is a beautiful album, full of whimsy, humour and sand. This is clever music made by a clever person that you can have fun listening to.
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on 17 December 2008
Robert Wyatt is, and has always been, a great songwriter and a distinctive singer capable of deliverings lyrics with great humour, deep sadness, beauty, biting political irony... whatever is required. It's also a very affected voice which can annoy.
This album, recorded in 1985 and played entirely by himself, has all these qualities. But, for me, the lack of interplay between musicians, renders some of his great tunes more shallow than they deserve. Each track can sound somewhat similar and so nothing stands out - a real shame. But if you like other work by Robert Wyatt,you'll probaly still like this.
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on 14 March 2015
Released in 1985, was Wyatt’s first proper album in 10 years. In as much as it features all original compositions the album harks back to “Rock Bottom”. However the political theme that permeates much of the 44 minutes also makes it a logical and worthy successor to the singles collection “Nothing Can Stop Us” (1981). Allegedly written as a response to having heard that his music was being played on Radio Free Europe, this is one of Wyatt’s most polemic as well as melodic offerings. “The Age of Self” is a clear critique of Thatcherism, while East Timor has a pop at American and Australian support for Indonesian military policy. Heavy? Well, yes and no. These sparse, but invariably graceful, beautiful songs, mostly played by Wyatt and he alone, lighten the mood and so aid digestion of the message. “The British Road” and “Gharbzadegi” are two of the best tunes Wyatt has ever written and sung, which makes you wonder why “Old Rottenhat” is sometimes overlooked even by Wyatt fans. That’s a shame as it is in fact one of his finest albums and deserves to be recognised as such.
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on 28 April 2010
Another excellent record for Robert Wyatt. Personally I don't rate this one as high as Rock Bottom or Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard, but it is still essential. I'm pretty much going along through the Wyatt catalog chronologically and have yet to be disappointed.
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on 3 August 2014
Brilliant
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