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Cuckooland is the eighth studio album by jazz rock artist Robert Wyatt. It was released in 2003 on Hannibal Records. The artwork is by Alfreda Benge. The Wire named Cuckooland the record of the year in its annual critics' poll.[6]

Cuckooland
Robert Wyatt-Cuckooland.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2003
GenreRock, jazz
Length62:34
LabelHannibal Records, Rykodisc
ProducerRobert Wyatt, Jamie Johnson
Robert Wyatt chronology
Solar Flares Burn for You
(2003)
Cuckooland
(2003)
Theatre Royal Drury Lane 8th September 1974
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
BBC(not rated) [1]
All About Jazz(not rated)[2]
MusicTap(not rated)[3]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media7.6/10 [5]

Contents

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Robert Wyatt; except where indicated

  1. "Just a Bit" – 5:09
  2. "Old Europe" (Wyatt, Alfreda Benge) – 4:15
  3. "Tom Hay's Fox" – 3:33
  4. "Forest" (Wyatt, Alfreda Benge) – 7:55
  5. "Beware" (Karen Mantler) – 5:09
  6. "Cuckoo Madame" (Wyatt, Alfreda Benge) – 5:20
  7. "Raining in My Heart" (Felice and Boudleaux Bryant)– 2:42
  8. "Lullaby for Hamza/Silence" (Wyatt, Alfreda Benge) – 5:00
  9. "Trickle Down" – 6:47
  10. "Insensatez" (Vinicius de Moraes, Antônio Carlos Jobim) – 4:24
  11. "Mister E" (Karen Mantler) – 4:20
  12. "Lullaloop" (Alfreda Benge) – 2:59
  13. "Life Is Sheep" (Karen Mantler) – 4:14
  14. "Foreign Accents" – 3:48
  15. "Brian the Fox" – 5:31
  16. "La Ahada Yalam (No-One Knows) (Nizar Zreik)" – 4:16

NotesEdit

"Just a Bit" is dedicated to Richard Dawkins.

"Old Europe" is about Juliette Greco and Miles Davis.

"Lullaby for Hamza" is followed by 30 seconds of silence, to provide in Wyatt's words, "A suitable place for those with tired ears to pause and resume listening later".

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BBC review
  2. ^ www.allaboutjazz.com
  3. ^ www.musictap.net review
  4. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Cuckooland - Robert Wyatt | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ "2003 Rewind: 50 Records of the Year". The Wire. No. 239. London. January 2004. p. 38 – via Exact Editions.