50 Years Ago Living Legend SCOTT WALKER Released His Fifth Album ‘SCOTT 4’…

1 November 2019

50 years ago, on 1 November 1969, SCOTT WALKER released his fifth solo album,
yet it was titled SCOTT 4 as his previous longplayer, a collection of songs he had performed for a BBC television series had been his fourth. The LP was issued under his birth name Scott Engel, and was the first to contain only self-penned songs. Unexpectedly, despite its consistent top quality it failed to chart and only years after its release it got the praise it truly deserved. I’m sure Scott 4 is a record owned by singer/songwriters/crooners such as Nick Cave, Bon Iver, Richard Ashcroft, The National, Tindersticks and many more…

AllMusic wrote: “Walker dropped out of the British Top Ten with his fourth album, 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. This is the first Walker album to feature entirely original material, and his songwriting is more lucid and cutting.”

Full review here – Score: 4.5/5

Album in full…