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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.
To quote Joe Pesci from Oliver Stones JFK, Walker is an "riddle wrapped in a mysert wrapped in a enigma." There are so many levels you could evaluate Walker's work on during this period, and if it had no other value, there would be great value in the sheer eccentricity of his first four solo albums.
But there is a lot more value than this, and it is in full display on 1969's Scott 4. "The Seventh Seal" may be the best place to begin. The lyrics handle symbolism with a dynamic narrative about playing chess with the grim reaper with the same ease most top 40 bands dealt with boy girl relationships in 1969. Walker sings these with a tenor smooth as silk, his annunciation so clear and perfect you are helplessly captured into listening to his lyrics. The same holds true with "The Old Man's Back Again. (Dedicated To The Stalinist Regime)" This was a year after the Prague Spring reform movement was crushed in Iron Curtain Czechoslovakia, and Walker is using his own strange hybrid of smaltz and statement to make you pay attention to his masterfully crafted decelerations. If you are drawn in by the music being so obtuse, there is ample substance to keep you there once you are so drawn.
Of course there is plenty of music here, filled with lush orchestrations, choirs of backup singers, and great backing tracks of folk, lounge, and semi-classical music.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 18 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 18 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
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
Scott 4 is the fourth solo album of the artistically ambitious musician Scott Walker (a.k.a. Engel). Scott composed all the pieces in this album. Read morePublished on July 24, 2007 by Harumi O. Moruzzi