Magazine article New Internationalist

(Wyatt, Robert. Nothing Can Stop Us)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Wyatt, Robert. Nothing Can Stop Us)

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It has never been easy to classify Robert Wyatt. He is remembered for his work with Soft Machine in the 1960s, for cameos with Jimi Hendrix and in recent years as an incisive songwriter whose humanitarian brand of communism imbues every song. Nothing Can Stop Us is a collection of 11 tracks, all of which appeared during 1980 - 81.

This re - release is a gem. Its ten songs and one poem celebrate the folk song in its most unadorned splendour, stressing its mixed function of protest, communication and praise.

Certain songs, typically the workers' anthem Red Flag, may have stronger claims to being mass songs as opposed to folk songs. While another, the disco hit At Last I'm Free seems at first glance a whimsical inclusion. But in Wyatt's hands the idea of 'freedom' becomes a fragile goal that requires nurturing, and is a statement about personal politics as much as social relations.

This balance between the personal and the political holds the album together. …

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