Comicopera - Robert Wyatt

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic 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. This is an incredibly well fused and structured album that taps into a wide range of emotions.
  3. The songs on Comicopera rate amongst his very best--emotionally complex, politically charged but never short of beautiful.
  4. A superb album, in which Wyatt gathers all of his strengths, with the personal and the political, the aesthetic and the ethical are brought together as only he can. [Nov 2007, p.64]
  5. It's a portrait of an English radical at 62, but it's personal and emotional and neither strident nor stodgy.
  6. The sweetest instrument, however, is Wyatt’s voice, whose fragile, high, quavering tone is honest to the core.
  7. However, like so many singular artists, Wyatt's presence spans the record and ultimately gives it its necessary gel. His multi-octave voice booms, croons, and cracks across the album with stunning clarity and consistency.
  8. Really, all of Comicopera rolls deliriously over pillowy layers of sound
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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 Full Review »
  2. JohnV.
    Oct 22, 2007
    the most disturbing, beautiful, awesome, breathtaking album of 2007!
  3. 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. Full Review »