14.09.2008.

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SCOTT WALKER
- Scott 2 (1968)


01. Jackie
02. Best Of Both Worlds
03. Black Sheep Boy
04. The Amorous Humphrey Pl
05. Next
06. The Girls From The Streets
07. Plastic Palace People
08. Wait Until Dark
09. The Girls And The Dogs
10. Windows Of The World
11. The Bridge
12. Come Next Spring

Although Walker's second album was his biggest commercial success, actually reaching number one in Britain, it was not his greatest artistic triumph. His taste remains eclectic, encompassing Bacharach/David, Tim Hardin, and of course his main man Jacques Brel (who is covered three times on this album). And his own songwriting efforts hold their own in this esteemed company. "The Girls From the Streets" and "Plastic Palace People" show an uncommonly ambitious lyricist cloaked behind the over-the-top, schmaltzy orchestral arrangements, one more interested in examining the seamy underside of glamour and romance than celebrating its glitter. The Brel tune "Next" must have lifted a few teenage mums' eyebrows with its not-so-hidden hints of homosexuality and abuse. Another Brel tune, "The Girl and the Dogs," is less controversial, but hardly less nasty in its jaded view of romance. Some of the material is not nearly as memorable, however, and the over-the-top show ballad production can get overbearing. The album included his first Top 20 U.K. hit, "Jackie." *

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