Scott Walker

Born 9 January 1943.

US singer-songwriter, musician and producer

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Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel; January 9, 1943) is an American-born singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. He is noted for his distinctive baritone voice and for the unorthodox career path which has taken him from 1960s pop icon to 21st century avant-garde musician.

Originally coming to fame in the mid-1960s singing orchestral pop ballads as the frontman of The Walker Brothers, Walker went on to a solo career balancing a light entertainment/MOR ballad approach with increasing artistic innovations in arrangement and writing perspective. Despite a series of acclaimed albums, a disastrous drop in sales forced him back into straight MOR recordings with little of his own artistic input. This in turn eventually led to a Walker Brothers reunion in the mid-1970s (although the latter eventually moved, by mutual consent, into more avant-garde areas).

Since the mid-1980s Walker has revived his solo career while drastically reinventing his artistic and compositional methods, via a series of acclaimed and vividly avant-garde albums. These combine his iconic singing voice with an unsettling avant-garde approach owing more to modernist and post-modernist classical composition than it does to his pop singer past. The change in approach has been compared to "Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen".

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  1. Review of Bish Bosch

    Bish Bosch 2012

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    Uncompromising, truly unique music from the experimental veteran.
  2. Review of And Who Shall Go To The Ball And What Shall Go To The Ball

    And Who Shall Go To The Ball And What Shall Go To The Ball 2007

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Walker has never been one to conform to anyone’s expectations and having been in the...
  3. Review of The Drift

    The Drift 2006

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Frightening, yet magnificent.
  4. Review of 5 Easy Pieces

    5 Easy Pieces 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Ostensibly an MOR interpreter of material, Walker was no ordinary chicken-in-a-basket...