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Scott Walker claims that Bish Bosh is the final installment of a trilogy that started with 1995's Tilt and continued with 2006's The Drift. The stylistic similarities are readily apparent in the extreme musical dynamics, with vocals that sound like an opera singer being strangled in the back of a theater and a sense that the world might end at any moment. This is ghost music, enlivened by thoroughly unconventional song structures and skewered arrangements that the average pop music fan might find unnerving, confusing, and (likely) hostile. But for listeners acclimated to Walker's extreme levels of tension, the music here is as refreshingly unusual as ever, with lyrics that wander all over the cultural map. Due to the sizable length of several cuts (the excellent "Corps De Blah," the mind-melting "SDSS14+13B (Zercon, a Flagpole Sitter)," "Epizootics!," and "The Day the 'Conducator' Died (An Xmas Song)," the album has the feel of being one long piece. Brief intermissions are found with the intro ("'See You Don't Bump His Head'"), "Phrasing," and the less-than-three-minutes "Pilgrim."

Customer Reviews

A horrible mess with not much to offer

I am trying to find the words to describe the disarray of sounds that Scott Walker threw together and then had the nerve to charge money for. I may not understand what he is trying to do or convey with this installment and for his DIE HARD FANS – You can keep this and call this what ever you wish. One critic stated this had some nuggets…the only nugget that comes to mind from listening to this hodgepodge is the one that is consumed from some golden arches and then crapped out like this compilation of sounds with little to no meaning behind it…my dog and a keyboard could crank out some similar items like this "JOB DONE" album…Job is not done Scott…you missed the memo.

Umm, okay...

Maybe it's good, and I just don't get it. I find it unlistenable. And un-brilliant.

Interesting Audio Journey

First things first this is a frustratingly one of the most confusing and crazy albums I am OBSESSED with. I don't know whether to listen to it driving around on a sunday night with the windows down or in the inside of a coffin. He has a tarnished whitering voice thats close to Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu (and almost the same viseral lyrics as well), but the tone at times beccomes this theatrical/Danny Elfman like quality. The second starts off sounding like a Phantom of the Opera singing sadly looking up at a sewar. It's...different. Whether good or agonizingly bad (the first song) it's different and I kinda dig it. Give it a chance. It'll be like strapped to the chair of A Clockwork Orange, but it'll be worth it.


Born: January 9, 1943 in Hamilton, OH

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most enigmatic figures in rock history, Scott Walker was known as Scotty Engel when he cut obscure flop records in the late '50s and early '60s in the teen idol vein. He then hooked up with John Maus and Gary Leeds to form the Walker Brothers. They weren't named Walker, they weren't brothers, and they weren't English, but they nevertheless became a part of the British Invasion after moving to the U.K. in 1965. They enjoyed a couple of years of massive success there (and a couple of hits...
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