9 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Scott Walker claims that Bish Bosh is the final installment of a trilogy that started with 1995's Tilt and continued with 2006's The Drift. The stylistic similarities are readily apparent in the extreme musical dynamics, with vocals that sound like an opera singer being strangled in the back of a theater and a sense that the world might end at any moment. This is ghost music, enlivened by thoroughly unconventional song structures and skewered arrangements that the average pop music fan might find unnerving, confusing, and (likely) hostile. But for listeners acclimated to Walker's extreme levels of tension, the music here is as refreshingly unusual as ever, with lyrics that wander all over the cultural map. Due to the sizable length of several cuts (the excellent "Corps De Blah," the mind-melting "SDSS14+13B (Zercon, a Flagpole Sitter)," "Epizootics!," and "The Day the 'Conducator' Died (An Xmas Song)," the album has the feel of being one long piece. Brief intermissions are found with the intro ("'See You Don't Bump His Head'"), "Phrasing," and the less-than-three-minutes "Pilgrim."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Scott Walker claims that Bish Bosh is the final installment of a trilogy that started with 1995's Tilt and continued with 2006's The Drift. The stylistic similarities are readily apparent in the extreme musical dynamics, with vocals that sound like an opera singer being strangled in the back of a theater and a sense that the world might end at any moment. This is ghost music, enlivened by thoroughly unconventional song structures and skewered arrangements that the average pop music fan might find unnerving, confusing, and (likely) hostile. But for listeners acclimated to Walker's extreme levels of tension, the music here is as refreshingly unusual as ever, with lyrics that wander all over the cultural map. Due to the sizable length of several cuts (the excellent "Corps De Blah," the mind-melting "SDSS14+13B (Zercon, a Flagpole Sitter)," "Epizootics!," and "The Day the 'Conducator' Died (An Xmas Song)," the album has the feel of being one long piece. Brief intermissions are found with the intro ("'See You Don't Bump His Head'"), "Phrasing," and the less-than-three-minutes "Pilgrim."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Ecletric ,

The Sun definitely doesn't shine anymore

Never could it be said that "this is probably only for real fans…"
Certainly it is hard, realistically, to write a review about Scott Walker; perhaps one really shouldn't. All I can say - about this album - is "just listen"; obviously a 'label' of avant-garde needs to be applied: perhaps the best/simplest comment I heard was "(like) Andy Williams reconstructed as Stockhausen." If you get that you(we) might get Scott Walker!?
Personally I listen just to try and imagine what 'he' does. If I heard this straight/first I'm not sure I wouldn't just "run away…" but, with early 60's Walker Bros hits that simply still should bring tears-to-your-eyes, and his further Scott, ..2, ..3, solo exercises ever-more expanding his UK/Pop/Operatic productions (Boy Child, Plastic Palace People, and esp Montague Terrace, and the Jacques Brel interluding) it's hard not to wonder on his 'greatness'!?
I think that his seeming reclusiveness - despite being championed by the early 80's Pulp/Julian Cope muses - adds to a seeming audio feast/famine saga. Just the expectation of what and when Scott Walker will release material is simply part of the experience. (I wonder why/whether he agrees to even include his name on releases!)
Possibly, and intriguingly, it might be part of how/who the hell finances these recordings: a labor of (fan) love?
If you include items in your collections like "Wild Man Fischer", "Frank Zappa", "Capt. Beefheart", "Tom Waits", "Radiohead", you might be interested.
If you have subscribed (maybe not here) to John Cage, Morton Subotnick, John Adams, Terry Riley, you might be interested.
If you swung to Jacques Brel, Serge Gainesbourg, Bobby Darin, Phil Spector (Wall of Sound), Brian Wilson, you might be interested.

Louis Peter Roe ,

You've Never Heard THIS Before

After Tilt, after The Drift, the indefatigably inimitable Scott Walker continues to push past the very avantest of avant garde to sonic terrain undreamed of: buy this album and have an experience of the ears and mind in cosmic darkness your subconscious will never forget. Love it, hate it--you will know you have known it. And come out the other side--a more cultured human animal, heaven forbid.

Ju Daddyyy ,

Fantastic

It's a very long record at over an hour. When considering attention spans, I would say listen to it half and half. It's a masterpiece, don't miss out!

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