• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Oct 9, 2007
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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  1. RaelT.
    Nov 5, 2007
    9
    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
  2. J.K.
    Oct 22, 2007
    9
    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 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. JohnV.
    Oct 22, 2007
    10
    the most disturbing, beautiful, awesome, breathtaking album of 2007!
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The quality veers wildly, but every so often he hits upon a great song. 'Just As You Are' in particular sets the smoothest of melodies and a haunting cornet solo from Wyatt against the most world-weary of lyrics.
  2. Delineated acts aside, the disc maintains a certain sonic consistency, carefully balancing discord with grace; the structure does pay off, however--particularly the first two-thirds.
  3. 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.