• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2014

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. Oct 21, 2014
    Pairing the somber and overpowering baritone bravado of Walker—not to mention his mad-poet mystique—with the subterranean thunder and tumbling towers of holy-hell from the core duo of Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson seemed like the perfect marriage. And it is.
  2. 100
    This is Sunn O))) at their most playful, and Scott at his most enjoyable.
  3. Oct 16, 2014
    Soused is surprisingly melodic, Sunn O))) provide a menacing but rich backdrop to Walker’s distinctive baritone.
  4. Oct 20, 2014
    Although occasional representational sounds intrude on some tracks, it is Sunn O)))’s glacial, thundering voice that carries Walker’s conceptual project forward.
  5. Oct 20, 2014
    Haunting, jarring, and oddly beautiful, Soused defies the idea of “easy listening,” but its singular vision and harnessing of the avant-garde makes it one of the year’s most compelling artistic statements.
  6. Oct 15, 2014
    Out of all the stellar releases in 2014, this collaboration is the one which is most likely to stay with us all, and the one from which the most new conclusions will be made as years in the future, we’re still dissecting and seeking to understand the stories and emotions captured therein.
  7. Under The Radar
    Oct 10, 2014
    This is more than an album--this is an exemplar of contemporary boundary-pushing art to be consumed slowly and patiently. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.80]
  8. Mojo
    Nov 6, 2014
    A powerful mix of dramatic, slow-moving sound and Walker melodies and narratives. [Nov 2014, p.99]
  9. Nov 6, 2014
    The combination of these two forces is both inspired and insane.
  10. Nov 4, 2014
    The songs are more cohesive now and Walker’s focus has narrowed, honed to a sharper edge on shorter time and the steel of SunnO)))’s contributions, but some of the posts, beams and plumbing still show through its exterior. Those little gaps in the facade help Soused sound more approachable.
  11. Oct 29, 2014
    Soused, with its impenetrable construct and heavy ambition, delivers on many fronts, most notable of which is in its thoughtfully composed immensity.
  12. Oct 21, 2014
    Soused is a powerful and arresting album that will appeal to fans of Scott Walker's later work.
  13. Oct 20, 2014
    As defined here, Soused accurately means "drenched" in sound. Walker's and Sunn 0)))'s individual identities, while always on full display, are brought jaggedly and thunderously together in an enthralling recording that equals the sum of its mighty parts.
  14. 80
    Soused manages to feel understated and ripe for listeners to engage with entirely on their own terms.
  15. Oct 19, 2014
    It is a work that demonstrates how sheer and utter horror can be turned into music, and while that may not appeal to the majority, the fact that someone is brave enough to do it is really quite brilliant.
  16. Oct 19, 2014
    The resulting album is rich in imagination, and--at times, most notably on Bull and Brando--surprisingly accessible
  17. 80
    Given how far out Scott Walker had stepped with 2012’s complex and challenging, allusive and abusive Bish Bosch, the five tracks which comprise Soused seem almost mainstream by comparison.
  18. Oct 16, 2014
    Soused may not be the best record either Sunn O))) or Walker have released in the last few years--those accolades go to Monoliths & Dimensions and The Drift, respectively--but it’s still an endlessly compelling work, the match between singular solo artist and the pivotal group every bit as thrilling as you’d expect.
  19. Oct 14, 2014
    There are numerous highlights to be found across these songs but Herod 2014 and Fetish stand out in particular.
  20. Q Magazine
    Oct 10, 2014
    Soused remains a distinctly perverse pleasure. [Nov 2014, p.120]
  21. Uncut
    Oct 10, 2014
    The result is the most accessible Scott Walker album since Tilt, perhaps even longer. [Nov 2014, p.74]
  22. Oct 10, 2014
    Latin lamentations and oscillating interferences spin sinful tales of transgression and violation, with a flagellating undercurrent of austerity, to create an uneasy, intuitive, idiosyncratic masterpiece.
  23. Oct 22, 2014
    Soused is compelling, almost inherently so, but it’s not a classic.
  24. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 17, 2014
    Dense and demanding, Soused will not be topping the album charts. But it is the kind of obliteratingly intense, glamorously weird avant-metal epic that Lou Reed and Metallica never made. [Nov 2014, p.94]
  25. The Wire
    Dec 2, 2014
    The result lack some of the swarming, piercing detail and vertiginous shifts that give so much drama to late Scott. At the same time, it mostly does away with that haunts latter-day songs. [Oct 2014, p.51]
  26. Oct 30, 2014
    This teaming of a gifted poet and bruising metalheads is like Lou Reed and Metallica's Lulu--but about half as long, and about twice as heavy.​
  27. Oct 13, 2014
    Another album which, if not exactly pleasant to listen to, is at least experimentally interesting, continuing Walker's aggressive program of abrasive sonic assaults.
  28. Oct 20, 2014
    There’s simply not enough sonic variation going on here to make Soused nearly as compelling as its respective creators’ past efforts.
  29. Oct 23, 2014
    It’s a unique recording, a shocking, exciting collaboration performed in full faith. But it too often fails to be more than the sum of its parts.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. Oct 26, 2014
    what Scott has conjured here is a great improvement on his previous Bisch Bosch, which was, for me, virtually unlistenable and greatlywhat Scott has conjured here is a great improvement on his previous Bisch Bosch, which was, for me, virtually unlistenable and greatly forgettable an experience. I believe experimental music is one thing I take thrills out of. I personally like music best when it's complicated and different. Bisch Bosch however was a step too far for me.
    Soused is another greatly experimental work from Scott, yet its alot more accessible at the same time, and possibly his most accessible since Climate of Hunter or Tilt. It's not ideally his best album either, you get the main idea of the album after track two, but it's not so bad either. It's even great at times.
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  2. Aug 5, 2019
    i thought this song would be good looking at my name then i listened to it and quirky doesn't mean good. How does this have such a high scorei thought this song would be good looking at my name then i listened to it and quirky doesn't mean good. How does this have such a high score on here??? Full Review »
  3. Dec 31, 2015
    I really tried to love this record after having listened to Walker's past two projects, The Drift and Bisch Bosch, both of which I enjoyedI really tried to love this record after having listened to Walker's past two projects, The Drift and Bisch Bosch, both of which I enjoyed quite a lot. But this one just didn't do it for me.

    While I will commend Walker and Sunn o))) for creating some interesting soundscapes on this record, with my personal favorite track being "Brando". A track with very heavy and dark drones with whips lashing in the background. But I couldn't help the feeling that it all felt bloated.

    "Herod 2014" goes pretty much nowhere. "Brando", the track I love, drags on for a bit too long and repeats itself too often. (The second half literally copy pastes the first half with barely anything new added into the mix). It gave me the impression that everything that Walker and Sunn o))) tried to achieve on this record could've been done within 30-35 minutes, rather than 48 minutes.

    This album felt to me like a stripped down Bisch Bosch. Less ambitious. Less wacky. Less dynamics. Less of pretty much everything.

    Soused was a disappointing listen, yet there is something...something still intriguing enough for me to give this album a listen once every month.

    (Brando still gets plenty of listens from me.)

    Fav Tracks: Brando, Lullaby
    Least Fav Track: Herod 2014
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