Robert Wyatt

Old Rottenhat

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"Old Rottenhat" is my favourite Robert Wyatt album, one that you can play again and again and still get something new from it. Partly it's the understated manner in which he baldly confronts such diverse political issues as the genocide in East Timor, the flaws in American political ideology and the dangers inherent in rampant nationlism. All burning issues for Wyatt in 1986 and yet still relevant today. Partly its the moody keyboard work enhancing Wyatt's voice at his most melancholic and fragile. It's an album from one of the most talented artists to emerge from the 60s prog / psychedelic era. Brilliant.

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