668. Rock Bottom – Robert Wyatt
Brief Background: Rock Bottom was recorded in England during the beginning of 1974. It was released in July of 1974. Recording of the album started right after Wyatt was released from the hospital after falling out of a third story window causing him to lose the use of his legs.
What I think: This is the sort of Prog Rock album that I would normally despise, but while I don’t love it, there are parts that are rather enjoyable. Wyatt’s soft high register is included in this and some of the synth/keyboard parts as well. Other than that there are a lot of strange musical ventures and dense pieces that aren’t so much my thing, but whats cool about them is that they are all done in a really soft, dreamy and nonabrasive sort of way. I could certainly see the album being a big influence on a group like Bon Iver.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s interesting, and I see the charm in it and I think it belongs.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Rock Bottom Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (262/334)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%