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Scott 2

Scott Walker

1968

Scott 2

Album Summary

Scott 2 is the second solo album by Scott Walker, released in 1968 by Philips Records in the UK and Smash Records in the US. Featuring the minor hit "Jackie", it arrived at the height of Walker's commercial success as a solo artist, topping the UK Albums Chart. This album, alongside Scott, features Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" recording technique. Like its predecessor, Scott 2 comprises an assortment of pop cover versions, selections from Walker favorite Jacques Brel, and a handful of original songs. His following three albums would feature mostly or entirely original material.

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Rating

2.68

Votes

4649

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

How bout NO, Scott.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
1

what a bullshit

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

It’s very 60’s, incredible voice, very cinematic voice and the arranged, orchestrated instrument is very lavish and grand. Some weird story lyrics. I really enjoyed this top to bottom. Was kinda casually listening to it, so I'll have to come back later for my favorite tracks and a more in depth listen, but I thought every track on first listen was great. Voice never got old, felt like it had a lot of weight and emotion to it.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Kind if a showtune-y vibe.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Definitely a classic musician I haven't given enough attention. Scott has a killer voice and the string accompaniments here are absolutely stunning.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Don't even know what to say. Weird energy but I liked it?

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Exciting, unexpected entertaining

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

This sounds a lot more like movie music than like album music just by virtue of being so dramatic. Despite or maybe because it is so dramatic, I quite like it. Scott has a great voice and the songs are very soothing.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

My favorite Scott Walker album, love every song on this album. The flamenco-esque influences on some songs are dope, nice and upbeat, just fantastic.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

Three weeks ago I head the pleasure of discovering this extraordinary artist thanks to this list and Scott 4. From the first notes of the cinematic “Jackie” to the last notes of the lush “Come Next Spring” - I love this album even more! I have another new favorite artist! Scott knows how to deliver these incredible orchestration-powered songs - as a former French horn player I can’t help but love their prominence on this album. I love this album so much I listened to in three times in a row without stopping… followed by three more listens later in the day. The storytelling on these songs is incredible. The songs deal with real life in sometimes jolting ways. These surprising moments drew me in more. The songs are beautifully poetic sending me to so many different places - absolutely wonderful! I see that Scott Walker’s most recent album is from 2016. I’m so excited to have 50 years of Scott Walker to explore. Just a few notable items: “If I could be for just one little hour, a cute cute, in a stupid-ass way.” - Jackie The incredible strings accentuating “The best of both worlds, make your pick Amanda…” - Best of Both Worlds “If you love me let me live in peace and please understand, that a black sheep can wear a Golden Fleece and hold a winning hand.” - Black Sheep Boy “Oh to die of kisses, Ecstasies and charms, Pavements of poets will write that I died in nine angel’s arms tonight” - The Amorous Humphrey Plugg “I swear on the wet head of my first case of gonhorrhea…” - Next “Plastic palace Alice, She steals her cards tomorrow deals with deafening despair” - Plastic Palace People “The cheerless day may bring us little dreams that seem to miss their mark but, oh, my darling, wait until dark” - Wait Until Dark (*swoon*)

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

Wow! This is the most magnificent thing I have ever heard in my life! Wow! Love!

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Heerlijk, wat een stem. Wat een bijzonder tekst bij "the girls and the dogs"

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Scott 2 by Scott Walker (1968) For those of you who would dismiss this as ‘elevator music’, I should warn you that if you and I heard this in an elevator, I would press the Emergency Stop and ask you to be quiet for a minute and just listen. Scott Walker is a pop crooner with an actual brain. As a lyricist, he is poetic and insightful, like a cross between Jacques Brel and T.S. Eliot. (In fact, three of Brel’s well-chosen songs are included among these twelve tracks: “Jackie”, “Next”, and “The Girls and the Dogs”). Walker’s four original songs (“The Amorous Humphrey Plugg”, “The Girls from the Streets”, “Plastic Palace People“, and “The Bridge”) are likewise dark, brooding, fearless, and entrancing, expressed in poetic lines that, like those of Eliot, take punctuated and unexpected images and resolve them with lucidity from the shadows, as it were. Walker explores a decadent world populated by equally decadent characters and emerges with a fuller embrace of humanity, with all its internal tensions and moral disappointments. All twelve of the songs on this album are thoughtful and visually dramatic. “The Girls and the Dogs” is a simply delightful song, delightfully sung. I won’t spoil it for you. Musically, Walker delivers these well crafted melodies in a pleasing, not-too-deep baritone. He lacks the chops of a Sinatra, Bennett, Como, Crosby (Bing, not David), Martin, Tormé, Williams, or (I must include) Harry Nilsson. But he succeeds in the vocal heavy lifting nonetheless. Tom Jones surely wished he could have been this good (while still raking in the cash, the airplay, and the tossed panties). Scott Walker is backed by orchestra on this record, yet not in a typical Burt Bacharach or Henry Mancini style (although Walker covers one song from each of these composers on Scott 2). His arrangers step away from the piano-heavy Bacharach approach and the strings-heavy Mancini technique, and instead provide orchestration that celebrates soulful horns and seductive guitar. It’s beautiful music, even if it fails to capture 21st century ears. Listen to this album and tell me which track was banned by the BBC. 4/5

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Fri Jun 03 2022
2

Respect for a traditional crooner/heartthrob going rogue and making some really offbeat stuff. I can see how he influenced and gained the respect of some more iconoclastic artists like Bowie, Thom Yorke, Marc Almond, etc. But to be honest the music is not for me and has too much of a musical theater quality to it.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

Huh. I realized that I recognize the name Scott Walker from the Vox Lux score (and the fact that he died recently), but I thought this might be a completely different person. The music is like a combination of Tom Jones the singer and Tom Jones the awful movie. It's funny that he sings things like "stupid-ass" but the delivery is painfully bland. Very risque lyrically, but far from risky sonically. This old style of pop music has aged like milk. Listen to the Vox Lux score to hear how a guy can really turn his life around. Favorite songs: Black Sheep Boy. Album art: Not terrible, but not very interesting either. I like the font and color choice for the title. The picture is decent, as far as artist pictures go, but it's boring. I guess that fits the album. 1/5

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Thu Aug 19 2021
1

It’s like your misogynistic skeevy uncle in a chat room. Ick.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Excellent "oude stijl" album met uitgebreide bezetting. Leuke melodieën, leuke of mooie teksten.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

The first 4 Scott albums are pretty hard to beat in therms of theatrics and baroque pop uniqueness. This album has basically every instrument you can think of on it and some you didn’t. The lyrics are interesting (if not controversial) which makes this record deeply layered and fun to relisten to. I still think I like Scott 3 better, but this one is good too. Favorite track: Jackie Least favorite track: The Bridge

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

so I listened to his first three albums and Scott: fucking amazing - 10/10 Looking Back With: Super fun, loved how he sounded like Judy Garland the whole time (if that was him singing, idk) - 10/10 Scott 2: I don’t know about this one, still really good but it had less creativity I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Like if Nick Cave wanted to make a Frank Sinatra type album, 9/10

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

very cool

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Thu Nov 12 2020
4

Magnificent in places, but I am inclined to agree with Scott's own view that is was a tad unfocused. Is it OK to like the people who ripped this album off more than the original?!!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Really good, like it a lot. Not as interesting as his later stuff but I can see the roots being laid. Good lyrics too

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

One for silly cooking

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

asdasd

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

Like Rogers & Hammerstein had relations with a jukebox.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

4/5 Nice voice and good songs, a little to long

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

I don’t think Scott Walker is an acquired taste. You either love him or hate him. While I prefer his compilations of his work to the individual albums, this is still a strong, worthy listen.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

I liked it. Sounded kind of Burt bacharashy

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

What a wild ride!

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Opulenz, Schwelgerei, Drama, garniert mit dichtem Streicher-Arangements, Glocken, Bolero und Bariton aus dunkel fließenden Toffee. Meine Güte, mir wird ganz weihnachtlich. Dieser Mann kann singen und er will es um sein Leben. Tolle Platte für eine glühende Nacht in nackt unter dickflauschigen Roben, heute Morgen knapp unter der 4 vorbei, aber ich freue mich auf kommende Kaminabende. Jetzt erstmal nen Obstgarten.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

I liked this - sort of timeless, really. Great voice, of course!

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Sun Mar 27 2022
4

This was great! I had expected this to me much darker like some of the other Walker's albums, which I don't entirely dig, but this is different.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

love how much the lyrical imagery seems to clash with the style. how is this from 1968?

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Wed May 04 2022
4

grand guignol x croon

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Dark crooning for the win.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

So when I heard the first minute of this I'm like "oh showtunes"shortness. I go look at the wiki to see what I'm listening to, get stuck in the reviews. I'm not sure I've read better reviews than the ones for this album.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Ik vind het verrassend goed klinken. Klinkt een beetje als film-muziek. ****

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Fri May 27 2022
4

4.5

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Tue May 31 2022
4

ugh, 1968 again. Ok no, this was different and fun. The first song was incredible haha. It didn't quite reach that peak again, but I wasn't bored for even one second. Wild lyrics, fucking cool voice. I don't even care that most of it was covers. This just has to get a 4/5 - would have been full five if it was all originals.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

this was one of the most prototypical “wall of sound” albums i’ve ever listened to, and i think i understand what that means way more now. it was musically interesting, though i grew a bit bored midway through when it felt like we were getting the same themes over and over again. the lyrics made up for this, they were really funny in places, though some haven’t aged well. i don’t usually notice lyrics at all, so this was a welcome surprise. a fun listen, though i don’t think i’ll come back to it anytime soon.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Some good tracks. At times redundant but overall an interesting listen

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Scott est absolument gigantesque. Seulement, Scott ne propose pas de country dans son repertoire, l'auditoire américain décérébré du générateur ne peut donc apprécier cet album.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

My feelings about this one swing wildly from love it to hate it and back again. These songs are cinematic and epic and total cornball. But somehow it all works and I'm closer to love it than not. The Jacques Brel covers in particular sound just right coming from Walker.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

I liked it better than Scott 4, the previous album I heard on this project. The baroque pop stuff is always solid in my book, even if it's a little kitschy.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

Scott Walker is great. Haven't really listened to any of his records before but found this charming and grounded and pretty enjoyable. I like the mix of originals and covers, which as I understand it, this was the last one of his records with such a balanced mix. Always down to check out more of this stuff.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Unexpectedly a lot of fun!

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Pretty good, not an all time fave but I still managed to like it a lot

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

3.5

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Theatre kid core

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Three years since I listened to the quartet properly, and I knew I would love Scott 2 standing by itself. It's a nearly perfect night-out album, with Walker pushing the boundaries while remaining eminently listenable. Basically the good version of the Dion record I heard yesterday. Spectacularity is inconsistent, as it maybe must be. But pop Scott Walker and weird Scott Walker are all worth listening to, preferably in big blocks.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Genius and over indulgent is the same breath. I have never warmed to Scott Walker completely but hi influence on so many bands I love is inescapable

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Jackie is kind of a banger. Scott Walker has a really pleasing voice. The song lyrics seem very risque for this time period.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

I don't know how to rate this... At first I was put off by another "crooner record" (and the Phil Spector wall of sound) but then halfway through "Jackie" the lyrics caught my ear and I had multiple double-takes. Then "Next" comes in and it is clear that this isn't Tony Bennett: these Jacques Brel songs have something interesting to offer. Overall it's the type of thing I'm hoping to encounter on this list: something I've never heard of, something outside my usual listening, and something that, on reflection, was probably groundbreaking and influential.

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Fri Oct 16 2020
3

The best ones were the Jacques Brel homages.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

false

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Wed Dec 16 2020
3

Majestic, swirling arrangements; Walker's warbling is a little over-the-top at points but engaging overall

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

I don't think I've ever listened to a full album produced by Phil Spector before, which provides an interesting experience. The instrumentals do really fill up the record, which helps a lot in an album like this that I might not ordinarily like. It's another one of those times that I wish the rating was out of 10 rather than out of 5. This album is somewhere between a 3 and a 4 for me. The music is really cool, the words are mostly very uninteresting to me. I like his voice, though. 3/5

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

This album started off strong with Jackie. There were some other songs that were very entertaining. Scott Walker has a very pop crooner sound. The band is a welcome change in this list. The last few songs kind of blended together and some songs were covers. Making this album only average.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Litt tøft

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

15/04/21

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

This grew on me. Definitely a good singer. The style was a little different at first, but I was wrong when I suggested it was dull.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

For me an unknown artist. Although I know the song Jackie. Nice easy listening album, with a warm voiced singer.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

3

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

not my type of music but for the genre it's good

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Fine. Not as good as his 4

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

This album sounded really neat! I really enjoyed the orchestral and theatrical sound to these songs. Scott Walker's voice was so deep and commanding and the lyrics were fun and enthralling. It sounds kind of dated and cheesy, but I liked it for some reason, it gave this album a charm. It didn't really blow me away entirely, but I did really enjoy it and would definitely listen again.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Pretty good, very interesting lyrics. Kind of a comedian/crooner combo

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

The way he sings somewhat reminds me of Frank Sinatra

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

A disturbed Neil diamond

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Thu May 13 2021
3

This was actually better than I expected. Still not my thing but decent.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

I really liked the sort of "over the top" Baroque sound contrasted with the bleak descriptions in songs like the opener ("Jackie"), but it's not the sort of album I'm going to come back to over and over again.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Hmnja

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Some voice

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

He has a lovely voice but not really my thing. ***

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Oooh, hits like a strong movie soundtrack to start. I feel like we're hearing a necessary part of Weird Al's origin story.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Not nearly as good or interesting as his later works, Scott 2 is still a great showcase for his fantastic voice and well constructed orchestrations. Favorite Song: The Amorous Humphrey Plugg

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Mon May 24 2021
3

An amazingly talented singer. Every song tells a vivid story. Walker seems like he would have been a perfect choice for a Bond movie song.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

Wow. Had to pull up the lyrics a few times to make sure what I heard is actually what I heard. You go Scott Walker.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

This album has its moments. I like his voice and the lyrics. But the orchestration aged a little badly. The songs that stood out, I found out, were by Jacques Brel. (5/10) Favorite Tracks: Jackie, Next

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

Sounds like a mix of TV themes and hotel lobby music. Cracking voice and big orchestral sounds, but not my sort of thing.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Decent album with an interesting artist history. Fails to make a lasting impression though

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Prachtige ballads met een donker tintje. Mooie teksten

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Musical-like, but gave a strong bipolar disorder-vibe

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

Phantastic voice. Nice movie soundtrack type songs. Some songs really stuck (Next! Next!) But overall it felt too much of a show than trying to do good music. Something Scott also seems to have admitted.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Kinda mediocre

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Rating: 6/10

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Just really interesting and really strange

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Classy but I got bored before the end

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Pretty good, it has a nice crooner vibe, like Roy Orbison or Frankie Avalon, except the lyrics are a bit more modern.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Very cinematic feeling to this one. Almost every track here felt like it could have been a Bond theme back in the 1960's (at least in terms of vocals and instrumentals). It overall reminded me of the bombastic Tom Jones tracks I have heard from around this time period, but the album definitely felt like it took more chances lyrically than what most vocal pop artists were doing during this period. Scott's voice, while not as impressive as other singers from this very specific genre, was solid for the most part. His overall tone and dialect reminded me a lot of Gordon Lightfoot which is not something I would have expected. The risky lyrics are what stood out to me the most here as some of the instrumentals here felt a little dated and corny when looking at it from a modern day perspective. I could see some people loving this sound and really getting a kick out of the lyrical themes here; while I wouldn't say I loved it, I did get some enjoyment out of this one. 2.5/5 (but close to a 3).

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Good. Dramatic.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Bizarre d’album pop je n’ai pas deteste 3

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

Scott Walker is one of those artists Spotify always thinks I should be listening to. I kind of get it based on my own taste, but I've never really connected completely with his music. The best compliment I can give to Scott Walker is that there's nobody quite like him in music. Walker has an interesting, resonant vocal style, and his arrangements are grand, sweeping and theatrical. Some rather artful use of strings and use of studio effects on Walker's vocal makes for a pretty distinctive sound. But there is still something off kilter and weirdly plodding about his music, that makes a 3 minute song feel like it's 5. It's deliberately atonal in places, which makes it a bit of a rough listen. The lyrics are oddly frank yet contrived feeling, like Leonard Cohen attempting a Broadway musical. I'm glad to see Walker here, but I'm still unconvinced about him. I'm happy to keep trying though. Fave Songs: Black Sheep Boy, Come Next Spring, The Bridge, Wait Until Dark, Windows of the World

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

This was weird. In a kinda good way. But not entirely.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

I really enjoyed Scott 4 so I thought this would be about the same. I did enjoy it but it really took several listens before I started coming around. There are some really good tracks: Next, Jackie, Plastic Palace People. "The Girls and the Dogs" is quite brilliant. All the rest of the songs are very nice. I'd really like to get to know this album much more in the future. 3/5

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Love The Walker Brothers, but this didn't work quite as well for me. The lyrics were too silly and dated in a few spots. Hell of a voice though.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Melódico. Aburrido.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

This album starts in a hurry with Jackie. Best of Both Worlds reminded me of You Only Live Twice by Nancy Sinatra (top 5 Bond songs for sure).

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

It wasn't bad. Andy Williams with far more range.

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Fri May 06 2022
3

I was really bored and annoyed, but also very intrigued while listening to this. Interesting record.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Nice. Great voice. Such an old style but it is still very enjoyable. Stanouts: Jackie, Next, Plastic Palace People, and my favorite track The Girls and The Dogs. 3/5

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Przyjemniejszy niż jego poprzedni album, ale dalej nudy

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Lyrics on this are surprisingly graphic for 1968. Still unsure why he has a second album on this list

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Ei ihan joka hetkeen, mut rantsulla maatessa toimi

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

I’m meant to love this because Bowie loved it but nah. I like the scary Scott stuff more but he does have a cool voice

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

It's bizarre to listen to it because I didn't like it so much, but it sounds very similar to some things I like. It resembles some songs from David Bowie and Bob Dylan but never reaches the quality I expected. Three stars look fair to me.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

Has some decent songs. 2.8⭐

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

7/10 Best Song - Jackie

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Just weird showtunes

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

El començament, amb la versió de Brel 'Jackie', és imponent. L'orquestació, i sobretot la seva poderosa veu fan de protagonistes en versions i originals, alguns tan punyents com 'Plastic Palace People'. Vindrien discos millor considerats, com '4', però no ve malament recuperar aquest de tant en tant

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Autant mettre un album de Brel directement, Robert, non ? Tu trouves pas ??

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Completely unfamiliar going in... My first comment is that I am most definitely not much of a lyrics-noticer but :D this first song "Jackie" is hilariously weird. Like a tongue firmly-in-cheek Tom Jones-esque knockoff of James Bond or Austin Powers 30 years early. "Cute-cute in a stupid-ass waaaaayyyyy" :D what is this. I shouldn't really judge this compared to anything else or at least not to anything I'd grown up with as contemporary popular music. "Next" :D "Now I always will recall the brothel truck, the flying flags - the queer lieutenant who slapped our asses as if we were fags - I swear on the wet head of my first case of gonorrhea" i mean.... that was impossible to miss. I gotta say .... I don't dislike it at all. I mean, it's *all* kinds of ridiculous and there were times during the album where I actually laughed out loud - the music isn't at all anywhere close to my usual preferences but ...this absolutely works with the vocals/lyrics and to its credit you really feel in another place and time while listening to it, and I'd say in a fun way. It gets a little more tame along the way which lessens the fun a bit for me. I'm thrown a bit in a goofy way after finishing this but for weird / fun factor I think I'd "softly" recommend it - just with a few words of caution :D 6/10 3 stars

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

Yeah, I still don’t get it. Quality production, dramatic and grand, but also reminds me of generic white bread.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

I don’t hate it. Unexpectedly very dark, holy crap.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

He is a good singer.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Enjoyed it. Kind of got monotonous.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

I wrote a lot about this album but I had restarted my computer without saving so I'm bummed about that but I'll re-write a little here: I thought the album was pretty good, and the standout for me personally was "Black Sheep Boy". There's an album by a band called Okkervil River with the same title and I always knew the title track was a cover but I had never heard the original. The Okkervil River album is one of my top 5 or 10 albums of all time and I've heard the song hundreds of times. The original is pretty good as well, but it's a lot lighter feeling. That was the real stand out track for me.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Scott Walker sounds something like if Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys made an album in the style of Tom Jones. (I wonder if Turner is a fan of Scott Walker.) The singing is lounge-y and dramatic and the lyrics are packed with jokes and surprising details. I enjoyed discovering the odd songwriting of these songs. “Jackie” feels like a clear standout, packed with strange specifics sung in a breathless style. “Next” is a funny number too - it could be an interlude in some larger concept album or musical but here it is, on its own, a weird melodramatic little episode. Wow — I was just thinking that some of these songs reminded me of the French singer Jacques Brel, who we had on this list last week. Turns out Brel wrote three of the songs on this album including both of the aforementioned songs! That makes a lot of sense. (Great to hear some of Brel’s tunes in English!) (Also, I guess this list isn’t in totally random order, right?) There’s actually more straightforward love songs and ballads here than the first few tracks would suggest. I prefer the humorous songs. Highlights: “Jackie,” “Best of Both Worlds,” “Next,” “The Girls and the Dogs”

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Strange - but in a good way - it actually contains some interest tracks like ‘Jackie’ and ‘Next’ but overall it’s just a bit of a novelty - a crooning psychopath over a Spector wall of sound - worth a listen but not going to be a regular

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Mixed bag. loved the first tune, hated the second. overall enjoyable but not really my thing.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

Not as good as 1 or 4 but still a great record.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

I admit that I had never even heard of Scott Walker. Interesting listen, for sure.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Fun album. Full of some classic 60's tracks.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

As I've gotten older, I've appreciated good crooners more, as this is the first time listening to Scott Walker. I would categorize him as a "poor-man's Sinatra or more accurately Andy Williams, with often some odd and bizarre lyrics. It's okay, but never felt this is something I'll listen to again...interesting listen though.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

p152. 1968. 3.5 stars. A nearly perfect snapshot of late 60s cabaret by one of the great voices, with subversive lyrics beneath the strings and Spectoresque production. All that is missing are standout tracks. Still holds up well today.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Ok I guess

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

Surprisingly excellent. He has this wonderful cinematic baritone and a sort of mournful, vulgar lyricism in his original songs. I feel like there are layers to this album so can't go to in depth and I'm keeping reserved with my stars. Guy feeling is the album is more the work of an eccentric than a genius on first, but that's not such a bad thing. Think Baccarach, Spector, Jake Thackeray. Enjoyable.

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Mon Oct 19 2020
2

Feels like someone giving a condescending rant, I don’t think that’s the case but that’s the vibe

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Jackie - Ez ilyen amerikai sanzon album? The Girls from the Streets - Nagyon nem tudom magam annak a közönség részének érezni, aki ezt előben hallgatja. The Girls and the Dogs - Ja, ez ilyen amerikai sanzon, not my type

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Enjoyed a couple of the more silly tracks but aside from that I lost interest. He's a decent enough singer but his tone was pretty average. I wouldn't choose listen to the album as a whole again. Couple of the tracks I would though for funsies. 2*

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Never heard of Scott Walker, or "The Walker Brothers." The book this list is based on is written from more of a UK point of view, and I think this is one that might be a little specific to that region. That being said, it was OK. Kinda weird. Like a worse Sinatra, with a louder cacophony of instruments and weirder lyrics. Might try a Walkers Brothers album in the future, but this one was super fuckin weird.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

First I've listened to Scott Walker outside of "30th Century Man" and nothing really matches that. This album has its moments....the orchestration made some of the songs feel in the vein of Bond themes. The songs that stood out I found out were by Jacques Brel. Guess the name "Jackie" makes a lot more sense knowing that. Wasn't sure I was much of fan of many of his original songs however and didn't think he was suited for a version of "Windows of the World".

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

Solid crooning, I dig the pipes. Not as many memorable tunes on this record, but still a fun listen

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Boomer music

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

I'm not even sure what I'm listening to. I like his voice but not a big fan of the lyrics

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

Amerikaanse chansons gemixt met Ennio Morricone: nee.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Somehow I managed to miss Scott Walker the first time around. All the Jacques Brel comparisons from other reviewers are apt, especially regarding the orchestrations, which are pretty over the top. I had no idea that Brel's lyrics were so rude--makes me want to learn French! And Scott Walker hyper-enunciates the lyrics so they are easy to understand. The overall effect is comical, which works for the songs that are intentionally rude and/or scabrous. Unfortunately, many of the songs on Scott 2 are ballads played straight. Scott's overripe vocals paired with the overbearing orchestrations and soaring strings effectively rob the songs of any power they might have had. Now, if you're actually into this kind of early 60s cabaret style, it's technically done very well. Personally, I think the style is only good for comedy. So, how to score? I'll give this 1 point for competence. Scott 2 really is a well-realized example of the cabaret style. And I'll give 1 point for the satirical songs. 2/5

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

Interesting sound….

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

Not sure is parody or not

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Sun Jun 20 2021
2

Weird. Not great singing, very dramatic music.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Great voice - very Jacques Brel. Quite pretentious!

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

This was okay

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

Such a weird album. It was as if Tom Jones had recorded an album about prostitutes, venereal disease, why dogs are better than women, drugs, and psychosis.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

Well this was different. Sounded like Neil Diamond but the lyrics of some songs were crazy. Glad I listened to it, but not again.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

boring, not 4 me.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

Weird

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Sun Jul 04 2021
2

Lush instrumentation, whiplash subject changes from love songs to getting gonorrhea as part of an army-run brothel (along with the subsequent PTSD). Interesting if nothing else.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

Really odd album this one. I'd heard Jackie before and assumed all the songs would be pretty much the same - I was half right. Baritone voice singing songs written by other people, but Next was a really weird and chilling track.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

Not my cup of tea. Too theatric and comes off a bit immature. He can clearly sing and has great control, but this style of crooning is a little irritating to listen to.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Sounds like a bad movie soundtrack.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
2

The Brel songs save this record somehow, but I prefer Brel himself. This is not for me…

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

When "Odyssey and Oracle" is the album that you had to listen day earlier, it's clear that "Scott 2" cannot be rated as high as its predecessor.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

Hit and miss. One good song, followed by one that was just noise

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

Bit too easy listening for me

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

Went into this not knowing what to expect, but based off of the album cover I'm thinking something like the Carpenters or Donny and Marie. After listening, well that was weird. It's kind of like if Richard Cheese went on Lawrence Welk, but instead of covers just sang his own oddball original songs. Did not like.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

Elevator music

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

Nogal bombastisch vrouwonvriendelijk en croonerig

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Schmalz in der Stimme, Himmel voller Geigen und Fanfaren und das Haarspray brennt in den versoffenen Augen. Selbst vor Weihnachten ein zu starker Pun(s)ch in die Magengrube. 1.8

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

When you pull off the crooner thing, you're cool and refined. When you don't, you're schmaltzy. Scotty 2 Hotty is very schmaltzy. Best track: Jackie

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Mon Jan 24 2022
2

Sounds like a Disney movie or musical score where only the same one character sings endlessly. Surely it was unique and novel in its time but I don’t think this has aged well.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

nawwwwwwwwww - couldn't finish

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

More like Scott gets a 2.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Very much chanson - big theatrical songs, clearly Jacques Brel influenced. I don't like this at all. Great voice but I loathe the material. I managed the first 6 songs, but that was more than enough.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Just not my bad. The chap has a good voice but it's not for me.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

60’er pop, UK, fortællende, teatralsk,

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

rimelig kedeligt

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

I really didn’t like this. More elevator music then the pop category it’s placed under. This was a boring piece. Cannot recommend. The second star is for solid musicianship

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Wed May 04 2022
2

Quite interesting for its obvious influence on the subsequent vocal stylings of Neil Hannon and Marc Almond, to name a couple. Not really my thing though ...

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Fri May 06 2022
2

Sounds like the kind of obscure album Tarantino would mine for soundtrack material. Scott sings in a voice that is peak old timey crooner, so it's not very exciting as a new discovery to me. Maybe if there was a recognizable nostalgic recollection I could latch onto I'd like it more. But for today, I don't have the time to appreciate this old shit that never made it onto my radar. Meh *shrug*.

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Mon May 09 2022
2

Goed gezongen, maar de songs zelf vond ik niet zo super. De originele Brel is beter

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Mon May 09 2022
2

Ewwww. I GET that this dude is being pretty unorthodox in his lyrics for that era, but that super corny delivery with the wide vibrato in his voice, plus the schmaltzy band arrangements just make for one overly earnest twee album. My late father loved this dude when he was a young man, but Daddy-O let's agree to disagree on this corny motherfucker.

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Wed May 11 2022
2

** furiously watches "Shrek 2" **

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Wow, I really did not like this. When I saw it was a pop album from 1968, I thought we were golden. Not so much. I’d never heard of Scott Walker and reading through his Wikipedia page, it’s surprising (and maybe embarrassing) that I hadn’t. “Next” was the bright spot for me on this album. I would not choose to listen to this again…as, uh, unique as it was.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

I agree with the liner notes that say maybe one day Scott Walker would do something good

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Mon Jun 13 2022
2

sure you could make one of these pop in a quirky soundtrack

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Thu Jun 16 2022
2

Can see why this is on the list, but didn’t do anything for me, sounds very dated.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
2

Olihan tylsä

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

Not my style

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

Not for me. It’s like a musical, and I don’t like musicals.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

"I didn't think he'd do Moon River, but then - BAM! Second encore!" The songs are really well written. But... it's really boring for the most part. I can't imagine being at this show.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

Thinking of Jacques Brel. Might not have felt so tacky and overdone if it had been in a language I can’t understand. Not awful, just a very specific type of music.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

"Cute cute in a stupid-ass way" is the obvious (also fitting) snark. Great voice, if a little too theatrical in the phrasings -- a bit too rooted in Sinatra-era and vaguely Shatneresque, too. Arrangements are way overdone – a near blizzard of schmaltz, the aural equivalent of polyeste, velour and Sansabelt slacks. The oozing, melodramatic orchestrations also undercut the social commentary on "Next" and other songs, which seem as if they're meant to be taken more seriously than the music allows. Same with the stiff, neutral and occasionally smiley vocals. The vibe and aesthetic are very1960s television variety show and not sure who came first, SW or Neil Diamond, but one's decidely not hip to either.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

Starts off sounding like a cowboy-themed musical but by the end it's just crooning, which is much less interesting.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

Not feeling it.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

the entire time i was listening i felt like i was in a musical of some sort. it was uninteresting however the actual music was impressive at some times.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

I tired, but couldn't finish it. It's not bad. I just can't though.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

That was…a lot. Not my cup of tea, but I do appreciate the spirit of the record! Scott Walker had a unique vision and he went the $&@# after it!

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Fri Sep 02 2022
2

Boring and corny. An album of the time. Does not age well, but well produced pop.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Barf. These are the worst Bond theme songs by far. The movie soundtrack background music is great but that Scott guy needs to shut the fuck up.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

Beetje theatraal, opera.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

no

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Definitely hasn’t aged well. While the lyrics and intense and his voice is clear and talented, the pieces just don’t add up to a good sum. Next

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

I don't know this guy...at all. So I put on the first track, Jackie and liked it, reminded me the bastard child of Neil Diamond and Tom Jones...but as it went on, it began to feel like Jack Black would have a field day singing this album.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

It was easing its way into self-parody.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Definitely interesting...

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

They're nice enough songs. I think this pompous theatrical style of pop is too stuffy for me. While everything here is competently done, the artistic expression on display feels like style over substance. Scott Walker's singing feels more like an act, making the whole album ring hallow. I would rather a sloppy album with personality than a well-crafted one that's bland.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Something you would hear in a movie.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Incredible. True artistry, poetry. Highly unenjoyable. I picture Andy Warhol playing this at one of his parties, and everyone nodding and smiling, sublimely aware that this music should only be enjoyed at that moment, as one day it will become deeply and rightfully buried by the sands of time.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

What in the literal fork is this shirt? I can see where, after hearing one or two of the tunes, you might say to yourself, "Self", says I, "this be nought but a store brand Sinatra, not unpleasing to the ear". The kids said a couple of the songs reminded them of bad Christmas music from 60's claymation specials. But Scottie boy doesn't leave us that option. No siree. Track 1 is some of the weirdest crap I've ever heard - and I like weird. Alex said that even William Shatner's spoken word albums are better than this. I. Agree (cue Shatner voice with lots of pauses).

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Oklahoma part 2

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