#1463 Scott Walker – The Drift

Be careful what you wish for! I made a joke about listening to this if you like Scott Walker’s more accessible late 60s solo output, when his Boy Child compilation came up on the randometer a few weeks back. The Drift is the middle record of Walker’s trilogy of ‘difficult inaccessible’ albums starting with Tilt … Continue reading #1463 Scott Walker – The Drift


#1465 Scott Walker – Boy Child: 67-70

Well this is altogether a more calming proposition than the previous record, but no less intense in its emotional coverage and musical arrangements. Clearly, I’ve always been one for a bit of drama in my life (and music). I’ve written a little about Mr Walker (nee Noel Scott Engel) before, when Scott 3 popped up … Continue reading #1465 Scott Walker – Boy Child: 67-70

#267 Anna Calvi – Hunter

Calvi’s third album, which came out 5 months ago (the only ‘new’ music I bought last year) doesn’t break any new ground from her previous two, but is a natural consolidation of what she does best: intense atmospherics, dramatic, almost operatic at times, vocals, and storming guitar licks. There’s a gothic melodrama to her music, … Continue reading #267 Anna Calvi – Hunter

#1492 Scott Walker – Scott 3

I love Scott Walker, and have done since a teenager, first coming across him through hearing David Bowie’s early covers of Jacques Brel which led me to Walker and then onto Brel himself. He has an incredible voice, possibly the best baritone in ‘popular’ music, and it's here on his 1969 third solo album where … Continue reading #1492 Scott Walker – Scott 3

#179 David Bowie – In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal

Despite being a Bowie devotee since my school days, first discovering Hunkydory and The Man Who Sold The World via Norwich City Record Library and playing to death the cassettes I lovingly (and illegally) recorded them onto before I had saved up enough pennies of my own to purchase copies, this was an album of … Continue reading #179 David Bowie – In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal