Rock Bottom (studio album) by Robert Wyatt

Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt
Year: 1974
Overall rank: 424th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 550 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1974 (5th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (101st)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (424th)
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 550 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.5/100, a mean average of 77.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 19.1.

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65/100
From 03/27/2023 12:11
Art rock seemingly 50 years ahead of its time & like all art rock not for everyone

That this album is a narrative of Wyatts accident that left him permanently paralysed and subsequent long recovery remains one of rocks great misunderstandings. In fact most of the tracks for ‘Rock Bottom’ were conceived in 1973 and at the time of his accident work had already commenced on its recording
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65/100
From 07/20/2022 11:01
Definitely challenging and weird listen, for me it's instrumentally engaging but vocally offputting. Not something I would often listen to.
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85/100
From 04/05/2022 00:06
This album is very unique and in the very nature of the music this will be a release that you will either love or you will hate. This is due to the strange vocal and instrumentation which Wyatt liked to experiment with at the time creating a sonically diverse album. In my opinion it works very well for most of the record and the performances are just fantastic. We are treated to a wide range of beautiful instruments that all combine together to form this rich soundscape which is led by Wyatt with his vocals. The voice seems to be quite a divisive part of this album but I think it fits the atmosphere and style of music he is going for perfectly. It adds another distinctive character to an album that is already very extraordinary. The two peaks on here are the tracks Sea Song and Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road with the latter having my favourite instrumental performance on it which is the Trumpets. The music is wonderfully produced as well and there are so many layers to uncover that there is always something new to discover. Overall, I didn't get this album at first but I kept getting drawn back and now I love it and see just how amazing the music is.
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90/100
From 02/12/2022 12:15
I just don’t get the negative comments on here, the emotion of the vocals and the beauty of the thing as a whole is at times overwhelming, take it for what it is and as ‘some’ of you will know the best music is the stuff you have to work at, todays music is throwaway, here today gone tomorrow apart from the odd exception. Robert Wyatt has an absolutely wonderful and unique vocal style, just listen to his version of ‘shipbuilding’ it will change your mind.
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From 06/10/2021 09:58
Weird stuff. I don't like his voice. Not my cup of tea
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70/100
From 02/01/2021 18:37
If I hadn't known the story behind the album, I would have never been able to guess it by listening to it. Actually, I wouldn't be able to connect this with any particular incident, it is a self luminous experience that comfortably stands on its own.
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75/100
From 01/20/2021 13:20
Passagens de puro brilhantismo, mas de um som difícil de assimilar.
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From 12/31/2020 01:01
The music is barely passable but the vocals are really bad.
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90/100
From 11/24/2020 13:35
Wow! I didn't know what to expect for this but it is an amazing album. Full of interesting sonically diverse sounds and music and definitely a child of its time as well as the struggles of the man who created it. Needs more than one listen to get the full effect of it.
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Best Albums of 1974
1. Red by King Crimson
2. On The Beach by Neil Young
3. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis
4. Crime Of The Century by Supertramp
5. Rock Bottom by Robert Wyatt
6. Court And Spark by Joni Mitchell
7. Here Come The Warm Jets by Brian Eno
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