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. The sweetest instrument, however, is Wyatt’s voice, whose fragile, high, quavering tone is honest to the core.
  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
    Each song works brilliantly in isolation, making this a treasure trove of Wyatt’s finest work ever.
  6. It makes perfect sense as a Robert Wyatt album, and few in his catalog are so perfectly paced and comprehensively designed. [Fall 2007, p.77]
  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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JohnV.
    Oct 22, 2007
    10
    the most disturbing, beautiful, awesome, breathtaking album of 2007!
  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 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. Collapse
  3. 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... 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