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Scott 2

Scott Walker

Scott 2

...an ambitious lyricist
UNI158 (Universal Music Group)
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Track Time Listen
1
Jackie

Jackie

Composer Jaques Brel, Gerard Jouannest
Band Scott Walker
03:21 Play
2
Best Of Both Worlds

Best Of Both Worlds

Composer D. Black, Melvin London
Band Scott Walker
03:13 Play
3
Black Sheep Boy

Black Sheep Boy

Composer Tim Hardin
Band Scott Walker
02:37 Play
4
The Amorous Humphrey Plugg

The Amorous Humphrey Plugg

Composer Scott Walker
Band Scott Walker
04:29 Play
5
Next

Next

Composer Jaques Brel
Band Scott Walker
02:48 Play
6
The Girls From The Streets

The Girls From The Streets

Composer Scott Walker
Band Scott Walker
04:09 Play
7
Plastic Palace People

Plastic Palace People

Composer Scott Walker
Band Scott Walker
06:04 Play
8
Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark

Composer Henry Mancini
Band Scott Walker
02:57 Play
9
The Girls And The Dogs

The Girls And The Dogs

Composer Jaques Brel, Schuman, Gerard Jouannest
Band Scott Walker
03:08 Play
10
Windows Of The World

Windows Of The World

Composer Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Band Scott Walker
04:23 Play
11
The Bridge

The Bridge

Composer Scott Walker
Band Scott Walker
02:47 Play
12
Come Next Spring

Come Next Spring

Composer Steiner, Lenny Adelson
Band Scott Walker
03:25 Play
Total Running Time 43 minutes
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His taste remains eclectic, encompassing Bacharach/David, Tim Hardin, and of course his main man Jacques Brel (who is covered three times on this album). And his own songwriting efforts hold their own in this esteemed company.

This album is licensed for download from Universal Music Group. 

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The album opens with the provocative "Jackie", one of the many Jacques Brel covers in Scott Walker's repertoire. The overture erupts with an enthralling melodic arrangement of string, wind, and percussion instruments. The musical section is centered around a monotonous but sprightly drumbeat which is ornamented by violin and cello eruptions, as well as an exhilarate brass section. Scott Walker's lyrical narratives are among some of the most outlandish that he's performed yet. Though of course it has often been his repute to touch on darker themes, these indelicate references were often hidden in lyrical ambiguity rather than being openly expressed. "Jackie" seems to tell the tale of Jacques Brel's depiction of a decadent lifestyle filled with hedonistic appetites for drugs and women, yet as the choral section suggests, our epicurean protagonist sincerely yearns for the simpler life he had as an innocent child. "Next", yet another piece by the great Jacques Brel, is a more explicit example of some of the more obscene content of the album.

"Wait Until Dark" and "Best Of Both Worlds" exquisitely allude the delicate romantic atmosphere of typical Baroque. The music's all classical instrumentation ornate Scott Walker's vocal deliveries so beautifully, that they will honestly leave the listener bewildered by their majestic bloom. Like its predecessor, Scott 2 often favors a highly orchestral approach, relying on bowed string and french horn instruments to induce melancholic and dramatic harmonies. But there are subtle moments when the album explores a rather different style altogether. Like "The Lady Came from Baltimore" from the first album, "Black Sheep Boy" is yet another attempt at a country ballad. It's centered around a prominent acoustic guitar performance, with subtle touches of violin and cello decorations. "The Girls And The Dogs" exhibits a much more poppier melody than the rest of the album, which is led by an eccentric arrangement of eruptive vibraphone and brass elements. It's an infectiously catchy piece that serves as an ode to the frailty of men. The song compares the habits of man's closest companions- the loyal and affectionate attributes of dogs, which is why they are revered as man's best friend. But, being men, we are cursed with overwhelming desires for the fairer sex, and no matter how malevolent they may treat us, we'll always chase them for more. In the end, Scott 2 provides an enriching and entertaining experience, and is yet another superlative effort from the king of Baroque.

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