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Nothing in Scott Walker’s catalog prepared anyone for Tilt. Released eleven years after his last solo album, Climate of Hunter, it uses that album’s arranger, Brian  Gascoigne, and turns popular music on its head. These are songs based on textures and tonal chunks that play like art songs where nothing you know about Scott Walker is of use. Sure, the voice has always been a peculiar instrument, but here it sounds strangulated. “Farmer In the City (Remember Pasolini)” is based on a poem by Pier Paolo Pasolini and then taken into a swamp where the softly sawing strings attempt to bring the listener to shore. “Face On Breast” is thoroughly impressive. It ticks away like a bomb threatening to blow the tension wide open. Yet, Walker keeps things moving with uneasy whistling. “Bolivia ‘95” begins close to a standard tune with its turtle-pace landing on the beat before turning to mania. This is not easy-listening music. It takes a serious reorganizing of listening habits to train one’s ear. After that, the reward is immense. Hard to imagine, but his next album, 2006’s The Drift, would take things even further.

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This album is born from nightmares & is the very soundscape of dream & poetry. Hard to believe this is the same mind that gave us the Walker Brothers or his first solo efforts which are amazing within themselves. The only anchor which guides from those early efforts & this & future endeavors is that beautiful voice. One of my favorite albums...

drop down and get it

simply put, i heard "farmer in the city" and "tilt" and knew if i considered myself a fan of music, any type, that i needed to own this. i have exposed as many people to scott walker as possible, its an album that begs to be heard and explored. its an album, not a collection of songs, a true concept that should be embraced, buy it and live in its depths.

nothing like this

this man is a genius, and has one of the greatest voices in recorded history. do yourself a favor, be bold, and purchase this album. its content is full, and contains so much deep emotion. trust. you may not like it much at first, but trust me, give it time if it doesnt immediately grab hold of you.

Biography

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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