Comicopera - Robert Wyatt
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  • Summary: The English singer's latest includes Brian Eno, Paul Weller, and Phil Manzanera as guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    The fact that Comicopera is a masterpiece proves it all right nicely. [Fall 2007, p.113]
  2. The songs on Comicopera rate amongst his very best--emotionally complex, politically charged but never short of beautiful.
  3. It's a portrait of an English radical at 62, but it's personal and emotional and neither strident nor stodgy.
  4. 80
    The CD is like spending a cloudy afternoon on Jupiter with the old man, his quizzical sonic tricks at arms reach, his singing as ageless and haunting as the ammonia rain. [Dec 2007, p.128]
  5. 80
    It's hard to imagine a record more original or full of life, from any artist of any age, emerging this year. It's that damn good. [Nov 2007, p.91]
  6. More immediately accessible and warm than "Cuckooland," more ambitious than "Shleep," Comicopera, in three acts, is the end result of Robert Wyatt looking around and examining the craziness and wild unpredictability in real life in 2007.
  7. If the album has a rough-around-the-edges, askew quality, that just makes it more fascinating: this isn't music that settles in the background.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. JohnV.
    Oct 22, 2007
    the most disturbing, beautiful, awesome, breathtaking album of 2007!
  2. J.K.
    Oct 22, 2007
    Perhaps Wyatt's best work since Rock Bottom, Comicopera is a fun and interesting look into his disillusionment with current western foreign policy. Act 1 is probably the most personal and evocative of the three. Act 2 is more poppy, jazzy and has a delightful jilt to it. Act 3 combines the two motifs somewhat and dances into more experimental territory with Fragment and the amusing ode to the Flying Spaghetti Monster, "Pastafari." The album is a more focused and targeted work than Wyatt's other more recent works and the sound moves saliently from start to finish, without wilting or overusing its themes. My only real gripe is "Out of the Blue" feels maybe a little too out of the blue. Expand
  3. RaelT.
    Nov 5, 2007
    definitely Wyatt's best since Rock Bottom, amazingly fresh, would never guess this comes from a huge, historical guru of rock music... Fiery Furnaces and the likes should listen and learn from this masterpiece Expand