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Scott 4 (180 Gram Vinyl)
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Vinyl, February 26, 2008
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Walker's music is frequently fervid and ardorous (if not always in style and presentation, certainly in substance). Take "The Seventh Seal" for example. The driving rhythm and the slightly "Mexican" horns make the track seem almost cartoonish at first. Is this the work of a lounge singer? Well, no. No it is not. The lyrics of the song consider the famous chess game between the knight and "Death" in Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name. Why would Walker place so formidable a theme within these lyrical and odd melodious confines? I can't answer that question but I would contend that he is trying to make you listen harder, even trick you. I find that this song, with each listening, bores a hole larger and larger in me and the melody and imagery are rather dogged.
But if I need a break from this blitzkrieg I can turn my attention to "Hero of the War" or "The Old Man's Back Again," two tracks that are as close to rock as he ever came on his solo recordings of the period. But wait! What's this? "It's a shame how you almost died of pain when he was born/too bad you didn't have your husband right beside you through it all/ Ring the bell when you get hungry or you fall" (Hero of the War). I was struck by the lyric in the same song, "It's the emptiness of heroes like your son.Read more ›
Yes, there are people who don't like Scott Walker but what are their hearts must be like?
This is an album to die for! Buy it now and thank me later.
This is a great CD...it stands somewhat halfway between the top 40 music of the early Walker Brothers recordings, and his most recent work, the unclassifiable, magnificent "Tilt".
Favorites include the marvelous "The Seventh Seal" with its Spanish flavored brass arrangement, the powerful "The Old Man's Back Again" which is one of the 3 songs he ends with some terrific scat singing, and "Hero of the War" with its Bo Diddley rhythm.
This CD was a surprise gift, for which I'm most grateful, and one that will bring beauty into my life for the rest of my days.
The centerpiece of Walker's work is, most definitely, his voice. At times operatic, at other times verging on schmaltzy, he's certainly got an expressive and beautiful baritone. Backing his vibrato-rich crooning is a slinky orchestra, some subtly fingerpicked acoustic guitar, and sometimes more rock-oriented instrumentation. What sets Walker apart from the lounge music genre that he seems to be falling into are his lyrics--he contemplates death in the dramatic "The Seventh Seal," the ridiculousness of war in the bitterly ironic "Hero of the War," and Communism in "The Old Man's Back Again." When you fully grasp what Walker is trying to accomplish with his synthesis of pop music and dark themes, it becomes apparent that Scott 4 is a pretty unique entry into the music world of the late 60's.Read more ›
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This is not an artist that I am familiar with, but I have really enjoyed this CD and play it a great deal. Interesting songs and easy to listen to.Published 14 months ago by jriggs
LOVE THIS ALBUM! It sounds so good! My only complaint is when I got the album (Purchased NEW) it had cracks on the edges of the record, and some pieces of the edges were missing. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tweee
This is the fourth, final and most compelling of the "Scott Solo" albums - a must have for Scott fans of course, and a challenge for anyone thinking of checking out what... Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by R. Sullivan
Scott 3 and Scott sings Jacque Brel are interesting and listenable. But I can understand why SW lost his fans after this album. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by DWB2013
It is hard to evaluate Scott Walker's late-1960's work before evaluating Walker himself. Here is a guy who, at the peak of acid rock, chooses, on its face, easy listening music,... Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
When it comes to tackling the baroque pop explosion of the mid sixties, there's no better place to go than Scott 4. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Humberto Mejia
My introduction to Scott Walker was his 2006 album The Drift, an avant-garde work of horrifying nightmares where the music consists of piercing bursts of noise and Walker's vocals... Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by Christopher Culver
Somehow, I missed this album in my youth, even though I've been a great fan of his work since the 60's. Read morePublished on September 27, 2008 by C. McCutcheon
Though Scott Walker has some great tunes scattered across his Walker Brothers and first three solo albums this record is by far his best and most consistent. Read morePublished on October 5, 2007 by Elan Bodwick