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.Wikipedia
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.
Definitely a classic musician I haven't given enough attention. Scott has a killer voice and the string accompaniments here are absolutely stunning.
Don't even know what to say. Weird energy but I liked it?
How bout NO, Scott.
what a bullshit
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Kind if a showtune-y vibe.
Heerlijk, wat een stem. Wat een bijzonder tekst bij "the girls and the dogs"
Exciting, unexpected entertaining
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.
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.
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
Excellent "oude stijl" album met uitgebreide bezetting. Leuke melodieën, leuke of mooie teksten.
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
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.
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
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?!!
Really good, like it a lot. Not as interesting as his later stuff but I can see the roots being laid. Good lyrics too
One for silly cooking
Like Rogers & Hammerstein had relations with a jukebox.
4/5 Nice voice and good songs, a little to long
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.
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
I liked it. Sounded kind of Burt bacharashy
What a wild ride!
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.
I liked this - sort of timeless, really. Great voice, of course!
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.
love how much the lyrical imagery seems to clash with the style. how is this from 1968?
grand guignol x croon
Dark crooning for the win.
Ik vind het verrassend goed klinken. Klinkt een beetje als film-muziek. ****
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.
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.
Some good tracks. At times redundant but overall an interesting listen
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.
The best ones were the Jacques Brel homages.
Majestic, swirling arrangements; Walker's warbling is a little over-the-top at points but engaging overall
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
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.
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.
For me an unknown artist. Although I know the song Jackie. Nice easy listening album, with a warm voiced singer.
not my type of music but for the genre it's good
Fine. Not as good as his 4
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.
Pretty good, very interesting lyrics. Kind of a comedian/crooner combo
The way he sings somewhat reminds me of Frank Sinatra
A disturbed Neil diamond
This was actually better than I expected. Still not my thing but decent.
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.
He has a lovely voice but not really my thing. ***
Oooh, hits like a strong movie soundtrack to start. I feel like we're hearing a necessary part of Weird Al's origin story.
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
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.
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.
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
Sounds like a mix of TV themes and hotel lobby music. Cracking voice and big orchestral sounds, but not my sort of thing.
Decent album with an interesting artist history. Fails to make a lasting impression though
Prachtige ballads met een donker tintje. Mooie teksten
Musical-like, but gave a strong bipolar disorder-vibe
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.
Just really interesting and really strange
Classy but I got bored before the end
Pretty good, it has a nice crooner vibe, like Roy Orbison or Frankie Avalon, except the lyrics are a bit more modern.
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).
Bizarre d’album pop je n’ai pas deteste 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
This was weird. In a kinda good way. But not entirely.
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
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.
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).
It wasn't bad. Andy Williams with far more range.
I was really bored and annoyed, but also very intrigued while listening to this. Interesting record.
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
Przyjemniejszy niż jego poprzedni album, ale dalej nudy
Lyrics on this are surprisingly graphic for 1968. Still unsure why he has a second album on this list
Ei ihan joka hetkeen, mut rantsulla maatessa toimi
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
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.
Has some decent songs. 2.8⭐
7/10 Best Song - Jackie
Just weird showtunes
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
Autant mettre un album de Brel directement, Robert, non ? Tu trouves pas ??
Feels like someone giving a condescending rant, I don’t think that’s the case but that’s the vibe
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
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*
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.
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".
Solid crooning, I dig the pipes. Not as many memorable tunes on this record, but still a fun listen
I'm not even sure what I'm listening to. I like his voice but not a big fan of the lyrics
Amerikaanse chansons gemixt met Ennio Morricone: nee.
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
Not sure is parody or not
Weird. Not great singing, very dramatic music.
Great voice - very Jacques Brel. Quite pretentious!
This was okay
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.
Well this was different. Sounded like Neil Diamond but the lyrics of some songs were crazy. Glad I listened to it, but not again.
boring, not 4 me.
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.
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.
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.
Sounds like a bad movie soundtrack.
The Brel songs save this record somehow, but I prefer Brel himself. This is not for me…
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.
Hit and miss. One good song, followed by one that was just noise
Bit too easy listening for me
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.
Nogal bombastisch vrouwonvriendelijk en croonerig
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
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
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.
nawwwwwwwwww - couldn't finish
More like Scott gets a 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.
Just not my bad. The chap has a good voice but it's not for me.
60’er pop, UK, fortællende, teatralsk,
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
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 ...
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*.
Goed gezongen, maar de songs zelf vond ik niet zo super. De originele Brel is beter
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.
** furiously watches "Shrek 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.
I agree with the liner notes that say maybe one day Scott Walker would do something good
sure you could make one of these pop in a quirky soundtrack
Can see why this is on the list, but didn’t do anything for me, sounds very dated.
Not my style
Not for me. It’s like a musical, and I don’t like musicals.
"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.
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.
"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.
Starts off sounding like a cowboy-themed musical but by the end it's just crooning, which is much less interesting.
Not feeling it.
Not really ok.
Nem consegui ouvir tudo de tão chato.
Why, when Neil Diamond exists?
This is terrible.
je n'ai pas de mots mais une expression WEUARK pourtant une belle voix mais ce style avec orchestre décourageant que cela puisse plaire
The Amorous Humphrey Plugg - There's a high-pitched noise throughout this song, it's irritating. Honestly, this style just doesn't jibe with me.
I don't understand what is good about this.
What was that?!
Huh??!? I felt like I was at a modern opera, but then Scott would jump in with insane lyrics. He looked nothing like the deep, strong, tenor he would belt out. The only track I liked was “Next”. So no matter how many Scott’s you made 1-2-3-4 ... I would buy 0. If you have time to waste listen to his song “Jesse” for a true creep out.
Ugh...en dan te bedenken dat er ook nog de albums Scott 3 en Scott 4 zijn....
Nope, not for me. And not for anybody else I hope ;)
Not my cup of tea.
God this sounds so dated. It's weird, the lyrics are actually quite clever pointed, but music is so dull it just stops me from being interested.
i liked scott 4, but not this one. i did like the song Jackie though. 1/5 stars.
It’s like your misogynistic skeevy uncle in a chat room. Ick.
Overly theatrical voice, schmaltzy arrangements. At best, tracks are like mediocre Bond theme songs ('best of both worlds'). Unconvincing country pastiche ('black sheep boy'). While the music is cheesy and cliched, the ;lyrics are often strange and unfiltered ('next'). Weirdly honest, yet highly artificial. I did not enjoy this album.
Nope, I hate that.
Really not me. Eye opening mind.
If you look at Scott’s lyrics out of context of the music, some of it actually okay poetry. But the aimless music makes it sounds like rambling drivel.
This was too much in all the wrong ways. The wall of sound. The sinatra ripoff-homage the outragey-weird lyrics.
Not bad reminded me a little of neil diamond got a little bit repetative
If you like movie sound tracks you might like this
No, I couldn't get through it.
Pretty bad. Just because it is from the U.K., does not mean it is a must-listen-to.
I hope Scott 4 and any other Scott Walker albums that might make this list are better, because this did absolutely nothing for me. Maybe the lyrics are good and that's why it's here?- I found Next a bit interesting but in general wasn't too focused because of the instrumentation and his terrible 60s croon pop voice. Ugh. Black Sheep was okayish, so I'll give this a 1.5.
The Amorous Humphrey Plugg - There's a high-pitched noise throughout this song, it's irritating. Honestly, this style just doesn't jibe with me.
Drôle d’album ici. J’ai pas vraiment aimé, mais j’y ai entendu des sonorités qu’on retrouve sur le premier album de The Last Shadow Puppets. La voix ressemble aussi par moment à celle d’Alex Kapranos de Franz Ferdinand.
Effen horrible. Sounds like a bad lounge singer with a bad case of the safe.
Shut up Scott
Load of bollocks
Cringe and gross. I see him being compared to Neil diamond but he's somehow worse which I did not think was possible. Next.
Vintage … not in a good way
A bit too much like Niel Diamond but not as catchy