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  • Audio CD (October 22, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gramavision
  • ASIN: B00000E7BS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on May 30, 2007
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Robert Wyatt's (roughly) 5th full-length studio album, Dondestan, was his first of the 90's, only his second since the 70's, and began the relatively steady stream of albums that he has produced since, and oh yeah, it's a great album and an absolutely necessary part of his catalog.

In many ways, Dondestan picks up where Wyatt's previous full-length, Old Rottenhat, left off, in both theme and music. Wyatt still plays all of the instruments (mostly different keyboards, percussion, and vocals), and either wrote or co-wrote all of the songs with his wife, Alfreda Benge (except for "Lisp Service," whose music was written by ex-Soft Machine bandmate Hugh Hopper). As a result, the album is a seamless whole--the songs flow quite naturally, and the album has a characteristic overall sound. Despite its similarities, Dondestan is different from (and stronger than, in my opinion) its predecessor, Old Rottenhat. Dondestan is considerably more downbeat than Old Rottenhat, with only a couple tracks (like the clever and upbeat "Shrinkrap" and the playful political commentary of "Dondestan") breaking its narcotic, intoxicating spell. Surprisingly, the record's overall slowness doesn't detract, since the songs performances and moods are all so well done. Improvements from the last record also include more accessible instrumentation--Wyatt still uses his characteristic unidentifiable keyboards, but he's also incorporated a lot more piano, which gives the album a more organic sound than the last--and the political/ideological edge that was so apparent on Old Rottenhat, though not absent, is less up front, and is not a feature of many of the songs (mostly those with Benge's lyrics).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on May 30, 2007
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Robert Wyatt's (roughly) 5th full-length studio album, Dondestan, was his first of the 90's, only his second since the 70's, and began the relatively steady stream of albums that he has produced since, and oh yeah, it's a great album and an absolutely necessary part of his catalog.

In many ways, Dondestan picks up where Wyatt's previous full-length, Old Rottenhat, left off, in both theme and music. Wyatt still plays all of the instruments (mostly different keyboards, percussion, and vocals), and either wrote or co-wrote all of the songs with his wife, Alfreda Benge (except for "Lisp Service," whose music was written by ex-Soft Machine bandmate Hugh Hopper). As a result, the album is a seamless whole--the songs flow quite naturally, and the album has a characteristic overall sound. Despite its similarities, Dondestan is different from (and stronger than, in my opinion) its predecessor, Old Rottenhat. Dondestan is considerably more downbeat than Old Rottenhat, with only a couple tracks (like the clever and upbeat "Shrinkrap" and the playful political commentary of "Dondestan") breaking its narcotic, intoxicating spell. Surprisingly, the record's overall slowness doesn't detract, since the songs performances and moods are all so well done. Improvements from the last record also include more accessible instrumentation--Wyatt still uses his characteristic unidentifiable keyboards, but he's also incorporated a lot more piano, which gives the album a more organic sound than the last--and the political/ideological edge that was so apparent on Old Rottenhat, though not absent, is less up front, and is not a feature of many of the songs (mostly those with Benge's lyrics).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on May 30, 2007
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Robert Wyatt's (roughly) 5th full-length studio album, Dondestan, was his first of the 90's, only his second since the 70's, and began the relatively steady stream of albums that he has produced since, and oh yeah, it's a great album and an absolutely necessary part of his catalog.

In many ways, Dondestan picks up where Wyatt's previous full-length, Old Rottenhat, left off, in both theme and music. Wyatt still plays all of the instruments (mostly different keyboards, percussion, and vocals), and either wrote or co-wrote all of the songs with his wife, Alfreda Benge (except for "Lisp Service," whose music was written by ex-Soft Machine bandmate Hugh Hopper). As a result, the album is a seamless whole--the songs flow quite naturally, and the album has a characteristic overall sound. Despite its similarities, Dondestan is different from (and stronger than, in my opinion) its predecessor, Old Rottenhat. Dondestan is considerably more downbeat than Old Rottenhat, with only a couple tracks (like the clever and upbeat "Shrinkrap" and the playful political commentary of "Dondestan") breaking its narcotic, intoxicating spell. Surprisingly, the record's overall slowness doesn't detract, since the songs performances and moods are all so well done. Improvements from the last record also include more accessible instrumentation--Wyatt still uses his characteristic unidentifiable keyboards, but he's also incorporated a lot more piano, which gives the album a more organic sound than the last--and the political/ideological edge that was so apparent on Old Rottenhat, though not absent, is less up front, and is not a feature of many of the songs (mostly those with Benge's lyrics).
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