Scott Walker

Scott 3

  • Released: 2014
  • Label: UMC
  • Genre: 60s

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Scott Walker's final British Top Ten album was the first to be dominated by his own songwriting. Ten of the 13 tunes on this 1969 LP are originals; the remaining three, naturally, were written by one of his chief inspirations, Jacques Brel. There are some interesting moments here. "Big Louise" talks about a hefty prostitute with shocking explicitness for a pop star album of the era. "Copenhagen" (like much of Walker's '60s work) foreshadows David Bowie. "Funeral Tango" is a particularly vicious Brel song. "30 Century Man" is an uncommonly folkish and focused tune for Walker. "We Came Through" is an oddball cavalry charge featuring one of his occasional forays into Ennio Morricone spaghetti Western-like production. The tension between Walker's dense, foreboding lyrics and orchestral production is unusual, to say the least. But too often, it's too difficult to penetrate Walker's insights through Wally Scott's string-drenched production. It shrouds the lyrics in a fog that's often too syrupy to justify the effort needed to fight through it.


A1 It's Raining Today
A2 Copenhagen
A3 Rosemary
A4 Big Louise
A5 We Came Through
A6 Butterfly
A7 Two Ragged Soldiers

B1 30 Century Man
B2 Winter Night
B3 Two Weeks Since You've Gone
B4 Sons Of
B5 Funeral Tango
B6 If You Go Away