1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

865. Scott 2 – Scott Walker

Brief Background: Scott 2  was was recorded trough-out 1967 and early 1968. It was released in March of 1968. The album consists mainly of English interpretations of Jacques Brel songs.

What I think: Walker’s music on this album reminds me of a racy version of Barry Manilow. I really struggled getting through this one, it’s just not my thing. Most of the songs seem to have prostitution as the subject matter and on a couple of occasions I felt the lyrics bordered on homophobic. For example in the song “Next” the lyrics consist of the following passage “The queer lieutenant who slapped, Our asses as if we were fags, Next, next”. So we have questionable lyrical content as well as a singing style I abhor, which made for a very unpleasant listen.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I think this should be left out of the book… lets let this album fade to history.

Rating (Out of 5): .5

Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (109/137)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%


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