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Scott 4
Scott Walker
Scott 4
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1

Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

      
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All Artists: Scott Walker
Title: Scott 4
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Universal
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Soft Rock, Oldies, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731451088223, 0731451087929, 0731451088223, 4988005459886, 602498081853, 766485897824

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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The most polished of his albums and the most original.
J. N. Marks | Near. . . Manicougan | 05/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Walker inhabits a capricious realm in popular music. The unfortunate fact remains that he is little known in the United States and his music never seems to be mentioned by connoiseurs of "easy listening" or pop critics with wide readership. . . but upon consideration you can almost understand why. This realm is capricious because his passion balances on the knife edge of ardor and sensitivity and over-the-top cliched shmaltz. But he wins and does not let the cliches outflank him.

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." Was this an attack on the parapalegic medal-bedecked veteran he sings of, or a recognition that this young man of high purpose was stripped of his vitality and integrity by a conflict as destructive and inconclusive as World War I? Hard to say. But this young man is abandoned and people are more interested in looking at him in his wheel chair and admire the medals he won than in associating with him. Even the girl next door doesn't come to see him but, Walker tells us, "Once you couldn't keep that whore from hanging round."

Do you see what I am getting at? The candor in these songs belies their winsomeness or their dulcet mantle. Walker is stabbing at you with razor-point acuity in his observations of the lives of people you may or may not have ever met. This work is his finest because it does not cease to look long and hard at each of its subjects throughout the entire ten track cycle. And the best part is, every song is his own.

Five stars. And worthy of each of them."
Beautiful!
Philippe Landry | Louisiana | 08/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is just sweeping! From romantic country ballads to epic Ennio Moricone jams, this has it all. This was Scott's first album of all original material and it's easily his best. "Old Man's Back Again" and "The Seventh Seal" are just knockout works of passionate drama; nothing in excess, just great, creative musicianship. "Duchess" and "Rhymes Of Goodbyes" are such gorgeous slices of gospel country...Scott at his most soulful. "Angels Of Ashes" has to have the most beautiful lyrics ever writtern, while "Boy Child" has to have the most beaitufl strings ever arranged for a pop song. This is Walker showing off. All in all, a total classic."
Golden honey velvet
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 10/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Scott's voice has to be one of the most beautiful sounds in the universe. A voice touched by the gods for our aesthetic pleasure...a pop Jussi Bjoerling...on top of which is his amazing songwriting talent.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."