The Drift - Scott Walker
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  • Summary: The legendary singer-songwriter and one-time teen idol re-emerges with his first album in 11 years. Anyone expecting conventional rock or pop should look elsewhere, however, as it is even more challenging than previous release 'Tilt.'
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Walker has gone as far into the atmosphere as one can travel while still being earthbound. [Jul 2006, p.210]
  2. Despite its complexity, every twist and turn of The Drift is absolutely compelling.
  3. 'The Drift' is an extraordinary piece of work, even more challenging and expansive than Scott Walker's startling last album.
  4. [An] uneasy listening masterwork.
  5. 80
    This is a record that genuinely sounds like nothing you have heard before. If you can rise to its portentous challenge... The Drift will prove to be a frightening, bewitching and rewarding experience. [Jun 2006, p.96]
  6. This is a beautiful nightmare with no referent in pop and few in recorded-music history. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.131]
  7. It could be high art. It could be utter bollocks. Either way, it's lovely when it's over. [Jun 2006, p.119]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 49
  2. Negative: 17 out of 49
  1. MarianK
    Jun 11, 2006
    The music is challenging. There has never been anything like it. Scott Walker is a genius. He knows exactly what sounds he wants. I like it very much after the third play. Expand
  2. Mystic
    Jun 20, 2006
    Amazingly transcedental melodies which the general music listener has had no exposure unless versed in RIO or Avant Jazz/classical offerings. Brilliant work that will be hailed by crtics and music fans beyond the 21st century. Expand
  3. jamesm.
    May 16, 2007
    Thus far the record of the new century, from an artist who made some of last century's best records, i.e. Scott 3. Psst... These aren't waltzes for dodo's. psst. This noirish take on life in a post modern world is accurate and revelatory. psst. And not, I might add with touches of absurdist humor..psst. There has always been an eerie strain running through Scott's recordings, now with this stripped down, bleak, spare approach the essence of life, if not music itself, is laid bare for all to see, and for all to hear.psst... Expand
  4. ErikH
    Jun 17, 2007
    This is an extremely difficult album that a lot of people will hate. You can tell just by reading the user reviews which of these people actually know what to expect from a Walker album and those who just listened based on a Metacritic score or Pitchfork review. It took me about two months (and dozens of listens) to penetrate this album. When I finally did, I found it terrifying, deep, and breath-taking. There's as much to be found in its moments of tape-hiss and silence as there is when it reaches it's most decadent moments. Worth listening, but only if you're willing to invest time in it. Expand
  5. dannyc
    Jul 20, 2006
    anthony & the johnsons with a cinematic immensity or 21st poetry with an arthouse soundtrack > it's genuine enough not to be pretentious, just frickin hard for anyone else to catch any of the abstract wavelengths that this 'epic' floats on... Expand
  6. Ken
    Jun 14, 2006
    I listen to a LOT of music. This is hardly music. It may will be raw & emotional but it's hardly quality music. Its inexplicable critical acclaim convinces me all the more that (most) critics are jaded incompetent fools. Expand
  7. DaveE
    Jun 13, 2006
    I find it very amusing that this album is considered, based on its artistic merit, an "excellent" album. When I try to decipher what exactly is artistic about it, I end up latching onto its incessent weirdness and unrelenting collage of ugly sounds. Is it art to sit at a keyboard, fiddle around a bit, and pound out "blocks of sound" which could have easily been produced by anyone with determination, time, and a haughty enough attitude to consider endless sonic ramblings as something genuinely musical? Or perhaps its artistic to pair it with an absurdly terrible voice which, unlike other unconventional voices, fails to embody an interesting personality. I've searched this album for talent, but I hear only a delusional fool tinkering on his keyboard, communicating "poetry" which is straight from a 10th grade pothead's diary. About the only thing of artistic merit in this album is the pop culture phenomenon its generated. Expand

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