Scott Walker – Scott 4

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Published on 25 March 2019 by

      Richie Unterberger: ‘Walker dropped out of the British Top Ten with his fourth album: Scott Walker – Scott 4, but the result was probably his finest ’60s LP. While the tension between the bloated production and his introspective, ambitious lyrics remains, much of the over-the-top bombast of the orchestral arrangements has been reined in, leaving a relatively stripped-down approach that complements his songs rather than smothering them. Scott Walker – Scott 4 is the first Walker album to feature entirely original material, and his songwriting is more lucid and cutting. Several of the tracks stand among his finest. “The Seventh Seal,” based upon the classic film by Ingmar Bergman, features remarkably ambitious (and relatively successful) lyrics set against a haunting Ennio Morricone-style arrangement. “The Old Man’s Back Again” also echoes Morricone, and tackles no less ambitious a lyrical palette; “dedicated to the neo-Stalinist regime,” the “old man” of this song was supposedly Josef Stalin. “Hero of the War” is also one of Walker’s better vignettes, serenading his war hero with a cryptic mix of tribute and irony. Other songs show engaging folk, country, and soul influences that were largely buried on his previous solo albums.’

 

Scott 4 Scott Walker – Scott 4 Tracklist

  1. The Seventh Seal
  2. On Your Own Again [04:56]
  3. The World’s Strongest Man [06:41]
  4. Angels of Ashes [09:01]
  5. Boy Child [13:23]
  6. Hero of the War [17:02]
  7. The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime) [19:30]
  8. Duchess [23:13]
  9. Get Behind Me [26:05]
  10. Rhymes Of Goodbye [29:19]

Scott Walker - Scott 4

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