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It's been nine years since Walker's last album. "An increasingly revered figure, Scott Walker is a singular craftsman, one of rock's few individuals to demonstrate a willingness to both embrace elements of the unfashionable and ignore prevailing trends, yet also display an acute awareness of contemporary sound" - Pitchfork.
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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful By K. H. Orton VINE VOICE on June 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"---indeed! And you thought Tilt was dark.The beating of raw meat as percussion, the distant sound of screaming children, the sinister flicker of a film projector...The only viable comparison would be demented Harry Partch cut with a lethal dose of Samuel Beckett.

Picking up where Tilt left off, Walker once again touches on such toe-tapping themes as torture, fascism & genocide. That's not to imply that The Drift lacks beauty or even humor. How else are you going ot take a line like "I'll punch a donkey in Galway"? Yet throughout this Atrocity Exhibition, Walker still has the vocal magic even at the ripe age of 63.

True, Walker's fractured lyrics tend to verge on the arcane. But do a Google search on the quotes he uses in "Cossacks Are" & the opener will seem less baffling. After repeated listens, narratives of a sort can be divined. "Clara" deals with the bloody fate of Mussolini & his mistress, going to show all's never fair in love or war. "Jesse" finds none other than Elvis Aaron Presley in a doped up stupor, muttering to stillborn twin brother,Jesse.

Musically, this album certainly has a plethora of hair-raising moments, but perhaps the most chilling is at the end of "The Escape" where Walker suddenly bursts into what can only be described as a demonically rabid Donald Duck impersonation. You don't know whether to laugh or jump out of your chair.

Where "Cassacks" charge in at the inception, things finish with Walker crooning about the likes of Bambi & Tintin (between some rather ominious Psst Psst's's). His only accompaniment---a lone, spare acoustic guitar. Though not quite a return to the maudlin ballads of his youth, still it's a dramatic exit after all the madness he releases on this thing.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. Peabody on June 6, 2006
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I fell in love with Scott Walker's voice the first time I ever heard it. I have followed him religiously wherever he wants to travel. Life is all about changes and though I relish the first four solo albums, the Brel period, and Scott's fabulous songwriting, I have accepted that he's pushing the limits on language, personae, and music concrete. I never ever expected a song from Elvis Presley's point of view about his dead twin brother, I never expected a song about Benito Mussolini's gory end. (My next door neighbor when I was growing up was actually there when the bodies were strung upside down.) Braying donkeys. Meat punching as percussion. And still THAT VOICE. Scott strings words like beads between the abrasive sound effects, between the heavenly strings. Slam poets aspire to this sort of integration of music, language, and vision. Scott may be on an island all his own but I remain astonished that he can leave his hermitage every decade and gather the images and sounds that so encapsulate the times. Sure, wouldn't it be great to look back on those 60's songs and bask in the warm trough of nostalgia. But look outside your window--could that be the four horseman of the apocalypse? Why sing covers or croon love songs when the world is burning? I'm grateful to be alive at the same time as an artist of Scott Walker's caliber. His is not an easy listening vision. He makes you work for every subtle moment of beauty. He makes demands. If you want passive entertainment please embrace the new cookie cutter babes of today's corporate sound. If you want to catch the latest addition to a mature artist's ouevre, check out "the Drift." Thank God for 4AD.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Beketaten on June 16, 2006
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If anyone calls this terrible as an insult, then it is a poorly placed one, because that's the whole point.

Noel Scott Engel is a man unashamed of his nightmares, focusing on the points that make the horrific visions of this day and age so nauseating, troubling, and, if you can adapt well to reality, absurdly humorous.

The arrangements exemplify the formidible beauty of spareness, or "minimalism" as some may like to refer to the instrumental backing. All that is left are the subtle and not so subtle "blocks of sound" (as Scott himself says) which augment the torrent of consistently precarious, sentient lyrics without overwhelming the essesntial beauty of the stark melodic structures.

His sonorous voice carries the quivers, resolve and aching along the path of songs like a feather experiencing every kind of weather condition before "drifting" into a patch of sheltered solitude.

If you like to be uncomfortable, or if you really can't take being uncomfortable, you really must listen to this. Scott Walker's music can provoke empathy like nothing else, for you are all at once immersed in the centre of calamity, even without realizing it. Catharsis sculpts the soul, and such are the aspirations of the creative human mind.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aaron J. Hannum on June 9, 2006
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I have never in my adult life had a movie, let alone music, scare me. I listened to it at 'high volumes' as Scott suggests on the sleeve notes, on very nice headphones after midnight.

There I was, a 35 year old who doesn't believe in ghosts or goblins or anything I can't see, looking over my shoulder to make sure something wasn't creeping up on me to suck me into the landscape of horror and isolation that this recording paints.

I love all of Scott's work. 1-4 and the rest. I also love Climate, Tilt and this. I was physically exhausted after the first listen. I felt like I had walked away from a terrible car accident with a few bruises. Fantastic!

For an artist to have this kind of power equates to genious.

The genious of Scott Walker...

The packaging is superb as well. I look forward to Scott's next release in 2017.
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Death Metal band to be influenced by "The Drift" ???
Steven Wilson's solo album "Insurgentes" is totally Drift-influenced! In case you don't know, he's the leader of Porcupine Tree and I believe he produced Opeth's last album.
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