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Drift

Scott WalkerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Bish (n. sl.), bitch
Bosch, Hieronymous (c. 1450–1516), Dutch painter
Bish bosh (sl.), job done, sorted

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000EZMPEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cossacks Are
2. Clara
3. Jesse
4. Jolson and Jones
5. Cue
6. Hand Me Ups
7. Buzzers
8. Psoriatic
9. The Escape
10. A Lover Loves

Editorial Reviews

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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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE 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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back June 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Why yes, I ~Love~ terrible things! June 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The DRIFT = Tilt x 10 June 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, wide and soothing.
Settle in and relax. It's going to be a soft, dark journey. Brilliant. One of my favorites. Reaches further into the places where Tilt couldn't quite touch.
Published 6 months ago by Arise Therefore
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
moments of singular beauty with a few sections of songs i sometimes skip through..
this album is full of truly unique music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Melyssa
5.0 out of 5 stars An intense and profound spiritual journey
The Drift is my first exposure to the great mind of Scott Walker, and after only two listens, it has become my favorite album that I've heard over the past few years, and my... Read more
Published 21 months ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Ahhh, Now I See
Now, I've read many of the reviews here and I must say some of them are the best I've ever read. So, I can't add much except to say that when I first introduced this CD to my... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sebastian Gerber
1.0 out of 5 stars rockers with an open ear beware ...
I only bought this because the snobs at "Pitchfork" raved about it. with rapidly diminishing airwaves, (college bandwidth is shrinking due to greed & standardization) I ventured... Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by bonebomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Nose holes caked in black cocaine... the horror, the horror...
Scott Walker has had a very strange career arc, from teen idol to sixties pop balladeer to elegiac crooner to cover artist to now experimental composer. Read more
Published on March 8, 2011 by Chet Fakir
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Walker a recluse.... nah!
Scott Walker, pop's most enigmatic genius, puts out only one record every decade or so.... But each one is of the highest quality - a distinguishable vision that makes sense only... Read more
Published on January 8, 2010 by Internal Abbatoir
5.0 out of 5 stars More terrifying and more difficult to understand than TILT, but
I can hardly wait for the next one. I hope it is not going to be another 10 years.
I am, how should I say, now used to his style and love it.
Published on September 2, 2009 by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying! Magnificent!
The first time I heard this, I was frankly terrified. Scott's love affair with melody and dissonance, his fragmented lyrics, his strident, passionate, yet somehow neutral, voice -... Read more
Published on June 18, 2009 by S. Olszewski
5.0 out of 5 stars "Polish the fork and stick the fork in him"
What a remarkable album. Scott Walker confessed in a documentary a few years back that he has always suffered from disturbing dreams and 2006's THE DRIFT is like his nocturnal... Read more
Published on June 9, 2009 by Christopher Culver
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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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