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Shleep
Robert Wyatt
Shleep
Genre: Rock
 
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Founding member of art rock group Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, helped set the tone of the sixties psychedelic scene in the UK. With his distinctive drumming and vocals, Wyatt attracted a massive following across Europe. An...  more »

      
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All Artists: Robert Wyatt
Title: Shleep
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Domin
Release Date: 11/18/2008
Album Type: Import
Genre: Rock
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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Founding member of art rock group Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, helped set the tone of the sixties psychedelic scene in the UK. With his distinctive drumming and vocals, Wyatt attracted a massive following across Europe. An accident in 1973 left the drummer paralyzed forcing him to shift efforts on solo recordings. His distinct style of mixing simple and effective keyboard melody lines with poignant lyrics, often filled with personal and political references, have proved both haunting and reflective. Rykodisc is proud to introduce you to 4 re-mastered Wyatt classics - Old Rottenhat, Nothing Can Stop Us, Dondestan (Revisited), Shleep.

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Music for Body AND Mind
vxppl | GA United States | 11/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For an album that's as cerebral as it is emotional, Shleep is amazingly enjoyable the first time you hear it, unlike the brittle dreck of self-avowed alternative music that must be listened to countless times to be appreciated. Yet unlike pleasant pop, Shleep reveals new meanings and perspectives each time you listen to it.Two examples of Wyatt's lyrical brilliance:
(1) In "Was a Friend," the speaker dreams about meeting a former friend. "I almost forgot where we buried the hatchet." As the meeting becomes increasingly uncomfortable, he wonders "Where WAS the hatchet?"
(2)The post-Cartesian musings of "Free Will and Testament," including "So when I say that I know me, how can I know that? / What kind of spider understands arachnophobia?" end not with self-congratulation at asking such questions but with the plea "Let me off please, I am so tired. Let me off please, I am so very tired."Wyatt's always shone as a collaborative musician, bringing out the best on other brilliant players who in turn bring out the best in Wyatt. EVERYTHING works together here. And Wyatt even seems to bring out the best in reviewers, as the perceptive comments from Amazon and customers here attest. But you don't have to be a Soft Machine junkie or an old school proggie to be moved by Shleep.Money where mouth is: If you buy Shleep based on anyone's comments here and don't like it after just one listening, e-mail me and I'll arrange to buy your copy for what you paid plus shipping. This offer limited to the first three takers (there are a lot of people who lack discernment).Let's get Shleep out of the 5-digit Sales Rank."
Tripping without acid
Alex Fencl | 10/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Shleep is one of those mind altering albums that is so subtle, yet powerful, that it changes your entire mental/emotional/spiritual reality without the rational mind even being aware of what's happening. Listen to it straight, all the way through, and I can almost guarantee that by the end you will have entered into a state of very pleasant mind altered conciousness. Who needs drugs when you can listen to music like this?"
Unforgettable.
Alex Fencl | Cleveland, OH | 05/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is hard to come up with words for "Shleep." It may be Wyatt's most accessible record, yet is dually unfamiliar and alien to my ears. "Maryan" is breathtaking, as is "September the Ninth." My favorite Wyatt album and is probably in my top ten of all time. Moving, cerebral, noisy at times, and gorgeous. Simply unreal and surreal."