Album #325 – Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom is one of the few albums on this list, so far, that has really surprised me. From the first few notes of Sea Song to the simple droning finish, I was enthralled. I am most happy about the fact that Rock Bottom rivals anything that Wyatt did with Soft Machine. Wyatt was part of the Canterbury Scene, a group of progressive rock, avant guard and jazz musicians who played in Canterbury, England. The same scene produced Mike Oldfield and Soft Machine. Yet, in Soft Machine, Wyatt was the drummer and in the background. It is most surprising and satisfying that he gets it right. He credits the sound of this album with a fall that paralyzed him from the waist down. The accident, according to Wyatt, gave him with a strong focus and maturity that is present on Rock Bottom. Therefore, he creates on this album, music from the scene that is as experimental as it is accessible. Produced by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, Rock Bottom combines all three elements of the Canterbury scene perfectly. I loved the fact that the album’s constant mood was mellow and yet some experimental sounds were happening in the background. This made Rock Bottom much less jarring than any other experimental music I have experienced so far on the list. I can proudly say that Rock Bottom will be added to my collection at some point in the not to distant future. I enjoyed this album and it was a nice break from the familiar. This album is in a class unto itself. It is not too long and not too short. The length of Rock Bottom is perfect and Wyatt achieves all that he set out to do in 39 minutes. Overall, I give Rock Bottom, 5 out of 5.