3 Albums Released 15 Years Ago – RHCP – BEIRUT – SCOTT WALKER

Back in time…

10 May 2021

Album: GULAG ORKESTAR – debut LP
Released: 9 May 2006 – 15 years ago

AllMusic: “Ignore the clunky lyrics — easy enough to do since Condon is an
unexpectedly appealing singer with a rich, mellifluous voice that, no kidding,
recalls the great bel canto crooners of the pre-rock era (along with a little
Nick Cave) — and Gulag Orkestar is an infinitely more appealing album.”

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BEIRUT: Facebook

Album: THE DRIFT – 13th solo LP
Released: 8 May 2006 – 15 years ago

“The sound and subject matter for the album is unrelentingly dark
and unsettling, often juxtaposing quiet sections with sudden loud
noise to induce discomfort in the listener. Subjects include torture,
disease, 9/11, Elvis Presley (and his stillborn twin brother Jesse Garon
Presley), and the Srebrenica massacre.”

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Album: STADIUM ARCADIUM – 9th LP ( a double one)
Released: 9 May 2006 – 15 years ago

Los Angeles Times wrote: “They’ve never sounded this good as musicians.
The use of analog tape lends a raw, organic touch to the whole album and
the Chili Peppers come off more assured and confident than they ever did
back when they made a career out of bragging.”

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RHCP: Facebook

Twelfth Album ‘TILT’ By The Late Great SCOTT WALKER Released 25 Years Ago…

9 May 2020

The late great SCOTT WALKER (real name Noel Scott Engel, born on 9 January 1943 and passed away on 22 March 2019) started his career as the charismatic frontman of 60s
pop darlings The Walker Brothers .

After the band split Walker began his long, solo journey in 1967. He evolved into an uncompromising and unfathomable singer/songwriter exploring his own mysterious world. His gloomy baritone voice and otherworldly songwriting were hardly accessible
but it made him a most intriguing and fascinating artist. One of his most remarkable longplayers is TILT released 25 years ago, on 8 May 1995.

AllMusic wrote: “Indescribably barren and unutterably bleak, Tilt is the wind that buffets
the gothic cathedrals of everyone’s favorite nightmares… It’s not an easy album to love, it’s
not even that easy to listen to. One does wonder precisely what monsters could rise from
soil so belligerently barren. Even Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music’ could be whistled, after all.”

Full review here. Score: 4/5.

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(photo from cover ‘Climate Of Hunter)

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…


SCOTT WALKER Passed Away Today At 76 – R.I.P.

American-born (Ohio) British singer-songwriter SCOTT WALKER (real name: Noel Scott Engel) was born 76 years ago, on January 9, 1943. The older generations know him best
for his years with gloomy 60s pop trio THE WALKER BROTHERS and their two big 1965 hits Make It Easy On Yourself  and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore. After the band’s split Scott Walker started a solo career, made several longplayers, but reunited
with the band (1975-1978) for three albums. Restarting on his own in 1981 he made
three of his most poignant and fascinating solo LP’s:  Climate Of A Hunter  (1984), 
Tilt (1995) and Bish Bosh (2012). Three almost inaccessible pitch black records but its intruiging mystic, its surreal imagery and Walker‘s unfathomable, yet highly compelling baritone voice just dragged you into his complex and melodramatic world. Rest in peace! Here are two songs to remember this one of a kind artist…

(The Walker Brothers – 1965)

(from solo album ‘Tilt‘ – 1995)

SCOTT WALKER: Biography via 4AD – All Solo Albums


Remarkable albums from the past

‘Climate Of Hunter’

Released: March 1984
Eleventh studio album

THE GUARDIAN wrote: “Occupying a haunted no-man’s land between post-punk, prog and plainsong, the deep blue blanket of Walker’s voice curls around elusive, allusive lyrics that hint at meaning but often seem to exist simply as games played with sound. Unexpected guests Billy Ocean and Mark Knopfler (he and Walker shared a manager) are subsumed in the music’s obtuse majesty. What followed was 12 years of silence, until 1995’s magnificent Tilt. Climate
of Hunter remains an enigmatic and frequently magical record; something both to puzzle and marvel at.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: ‘Fascinating voice, obscure stories, wayward song structures.’

Album in full

SCOTT WALKER: Facebook – All Albums