Contrary to what it may seem, ‘Tilt’ was not a complete shift in trajectory for the former pop star Scott Walker. Prior to its release in 1995, Walker had spent years finding ever more oblique methods to communicate his ideas, however, is undoubtedly true that ‘Tilt’ was his most daringly realised attempt yet. Desolate, ardently experimental, but also beautiful, a pathway which would lead to later opuses such ‘The Drift’, ‘Bish Bosch’, and ‘Soused’ - his collaborative LP with drone metal legends Sunn o))) .
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Well, I’ve been given the mammoth task of reviewing this absolutely now legendary album by Scott Walker, Tilt. Although many people think they are familiar with Scott’s music, this will change their perception entirely; although his velvet voice is still there, this can be a very uncomfortable listen, elements of industrial and neoclassical sounds clash with minimal ambient drone, this is a Goth opera in the grandest terms!
Opener ‘Farmer In The City’ is probably the calmest track on the entire album, this is Scott as we all know and love him, then in crashes ‘The Cockfighter’ and he’s channeling Trent Reznor through the heart of David Bowie. ‘Bouncer See Bouncer’ is an eerie horror story and you feel like he’s dragging you down into the pits of hell itself!
On listening to this album to review it I’m finding myself falling in love with it all over again or maybe it’s just because I haven’t heard it in a long time, either way as each track progresses it goes from strength to strength, Scott croons “Put your lips together and blow” on ‘Face On The Breast’ and his voice conveys so much despair it’s almost heartbreaking, with some fantastic guitar work on the title track ‘Tilt’ and it’s almost over.
I’m left wanting more, but that’s what Scott is good at, he gets you right in the pit of your stomach till it hurts, ‘Tilt’ is a work of pure genius, no other artist in my mind could get away with this stuff, that’s what makes it so good, you need this in your life!
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