For the Ghosts Within

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  • Summary: The distinguished British musician returns with another solo effort showcasing his ability to reimagine classic jazz standards as well as revitalize a few from his own catalogue.
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  • Record Label: Domino
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock
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  1. Robert Wyatt, that most eloquently lackadaisical of jazz-loving English troubadours, has made some unforgettable albums over his long solo career, but this will rank among the frontrunners.
  2. Mojo
    Nov 16, 2010
    Wyatt has a knack of making happy song sound melancholic, but conversely brings some wry levity to the lovelorn ennui of jazz standard. [Nov 2001, p.103]
  3. The Wire
    Dec 22, 2010
    [Wyatt's voice} is not the most technically 'correct' voice, but in the setting of Ros Stephen's arrangements for string quartet, with Gilad Atzmon adding alto saxophone, it is as though that uncertain crack, that flaw floating in the clear quaver of his voice is a precise match for the happysad ambiguities that haunt so many jazz standards. [Oct 2010, p.62]
  4. Jan 6, 2011
    Mixing standards ("Laura," "Lush Life") with an occasional political rap ("Where Are They Now?") might fall flat in lesser hands, but Wyatt's voice is the linchpin, and Atzmon/Stephen work amicably with it.
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    On one hand, the enormity of said soundtrack can be appreciated by those with a palate for the peculiar, while others might yearn for a more streamlined recording.
  6. 75
    For the Ghosts Within descends into a strange netherworld bordered by art pop, jazz, and classical that few seek to visit.
  7. When one hears a musical feast as good and as sultry as this it's impossible not to conclude that, for all their wistfulness, entertaining enough renditions of standards seem half-baked by comparison. Having moved into the position of being a beloved national treasure status, Wyatt remains at his best when he's facing forwards rather than looking back.

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