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The Drift [CD]

Scott Walker Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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“I was thinking about making the title refer to a mythological, all-encompassing, giant woman artist.” Scott Walker

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  • Audio CD (8 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 4AD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Scott Walker's music is often described as 'complex' or 'experimental.'

Several years in the making, 'eclectic' barely touches what he's been up to since Tilt, which compared to this, sounds about as avant-garde as The Partridge Family.

Veering through the perplexed clutter of sporadic punch-bag rhythms, serrated riffs and chest-gripping rumbles, it growls and prowls with obsessive Twin Peaks twang-bar paranoia.

Seeping in and out of episodic pieces such as "Clara", "Cue" and "Psoriatic", his singing a ghost-echo of a pop past spookily materialises, rattling chains and cages without compromise or care.

It can be intimidating; the aural equivalent of channel-hopping through a blur of unfathomable references which somehow form cryptic connections after prolonged exposure.

Only the simple acoustic guitar of "A Lover Loves" offers a sparse antidote to the harsh density of this dissonant, dissident manifesto.Beyond genre, you'll love it madly or hate it completely.Frightening, yet magnificent. --Sid Smith

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Comes in a SLIPCASE with lavish 36-page lyrics 'n' photos booklet. Captivating 2006 studio album from the reclusive legend ... his first in over a decade! Now signed to the revered 4AD label.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'm so tired. Last night, I listened to The Drift for the first time, and as a result, I didn't get a wink of sleep all night. Nothing - NOTHING - can prepare you for the sheer terror that this album invokes. I usually try to listen to new albums in one go. I managed most of The Drift, and thought I was doing well, considering some of the waking nightmares I encountered along the way. But I failed. The penultimate track pushed me beyond the limits of fear. This is my story:

I love Scott Walker's older stuff, and to honest, I bought this album without reading any reviews beforehand, expecting something similar to his old work. Thankfully, before I ever actually listened to it, I read the reviews on Amazon, and I watched the 30 Century Man documentary, that showed all the pork-punching weirdness that went on in the recording of this album (it's true - the percussion on Clara is the sound of a man laying a side of pork on a studio table and punching it. I'm not making it up).

I can't even begin to imagine how I'd have reacted to The Drift if I hadn't been warned of it's sheer extemity. I'd probably have had a heart attack somewhere down the line. I unreservedly apologise to the other reviewers on this page, since I read their proclamations of The Drift's sheer horror and mocked - "how can music be so scary, they must be mad!". Oh, how wrong I was. After The Drift, I had to line up CD after CD of happy music to bring myself back from the brink of despair.

At this point in a review, it would be normal to compare The Drift to other albums, but there is seriously nothing like this in the whole world, and I hope there never will be again. One hour and nine minutes of utter terror, the kind of thing you could only ever have heard in your very worst nightmares.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy smokes! 15 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
To the reviewer below unsure as to whether to get this album: I recommend it, but be warned. It is scary, even more so than Tilt; if your Scariest Moment in Music up to now was the eerie shrieking at the heart of Face on Breast, as mine was, then prepare to have the breath knocked out of you - *twice* - by The Escape on this album. It's easily the most horrific song I can recall hearing, if not the scariest sound I've ever heard when - (spoiler) - he does that thing with his voice.

But I'm dawdling too much on the one track; the whole thing is immensely rewarding, if you're up to it, and I for one had the long-forgotten feeling, playing this for the first time, that I was actually hearing something new and different for a change. Anyone with a casual interest should hear Tilt first, imho, and progress from there. It's cold, gruelling, and cathartic; it's that man again. Enough said.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful.. 30 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
A few months ago I read an article on "the maddest albums ever made", The Drift was included in this. Talk of donkeys being scared and punching pork was mentioned - "eh?" I thought. Then I saw the 30th Century Man documentary on Scott Walker and was particularly impressed by his passion for the music he made. (Up to that point I only knew him as being one of The Walker Brother's and for singing THAT hit) I wanted to check out his later music but was advised to try Tilt before The Drift. I loved Tilt, even if the music spooked me a bit. However, nothing could quite prepare me for The Drift.
Alone on a dark evening I listened to the album through headphones. I could feel my skin starting to crawl as the first few tracks weaved through my ears. Then all of a sudden on the track "Cue" Scott began to wail "Immunity won't feed on the bodies!" against the most frightening music I've ever heard. I threw the earphones off and had to press stop - it petrified me that much! I have a broad taste and have listened to all manner of supposed "scary music" but nothing even comes close to The Drift. The lyrics and imagery conjured up have to be heard to be believed, they are just horrific. This album gets top marks for illiciting such a primal fear in me and for being like nothing else I've heard. Buy it now but beware of what it may do to you upon listening...!
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Work 24 May 2007
By Neil
Format:Audio CD
(Note: I wrote this review a while ago and gave the album four stars. That was a mistake. It should be ten. The trouble is, I can't change the rating above. Anyway, buy this album.)

When I first heard this record, I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe that someone could get away with making rubbish like this. 'Songs' sung on one note, no melody, no structure. And scary. I can't talk about individual tracks - they're all the same, scary. My daughter begged me to switch it off when she heard it, she was terrified. Fortunately, however, I gave it time and effort. So far it's been about four or five months and when I come home from work the record I always want to listen to, despite the lack of tunes, is this one. I don't understand why.

Walker's voice is amazing, of course, and the 'sonic landscape' (as Eno might put it) is constantly interesting and full of the unexpected. You can't sing along to it though.

If you're prepared to put in the effort, you may eventually enjoy this album. But don't count on it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 4 years later 24 Dec 2010
By m4xpem
Format:Audio CD
This set of reviews seems to be more of a forum for people who have heard this album and who want to share their experience than a guide for people weighing up whether to buy it or not. Well I love Scott Walker and Tilt remains one of the most influential pieces of music I have ever heard but this album is, yes, four years later, still one that I just can't get through. I've tried it at night, on trains, on the M4, I've really made an effort but it simply doesn't make a difference. It just hurts my ears with its unending, tuneless meanderings. Tilt took a while before it revealed its near infinite musical depth, but this album has never got there for me and I fear it never will. Anyone who found another Tilt in there is a lucky person indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mr C J Hempstead
5.0 out of 5 stars It's that voice again!
You have to admire Walker - his voice and looks are iconic and he could easily cream financial success by regurgitating his music from the 60/70's to the legions who dote on that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Simon G. Bagnall
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Better than a lot of the so call music around. This is by a true artist who isn't just in it for the money...Of course not he's loaded already.
Published 5 months ago by William T Lenihan-Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars Wierd s***
While I sympathise with Scott Walkers repetitive attempts to destroy the 'popular song' , his attempt to broadly 'reinvent music' seems to lack judgement ; doesn't he realise that... Read more
Published 16 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars down the lane of misery once again
Would somebody tell me what's bugging this man
Who dishes out this inane drivel and does he ever get
Any joy out of life at all I'm sure one day he may look back and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by c rider
1.0 out of 5 stars Drift wooden, pretentious and not good at all,,
Scott Walker just loves to shock, raise eye brows and generally get peeps talking!

Now this is not because he is adventurous and advent garde, it's because he... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Conan the Stamp Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Pussyfooting?
The drift is something you either catch, or you don't - right?
It goes without saying we're all entitled to our opinions, so to me this sounds very different to most other... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Scramblebee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Escape
After getting recommended this album by Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth, I went out and bought it not really knowing what I was getting myself into. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by Richard B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious drivel
This is utter bilge. I can only imagine a pre-requisite for being a fan of Walker's later work is being tone deaf and exhibiting the gullibility of someone who mistakes a fire... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2010 by Greg Cray
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drift-Where do we go from here?
Listen to Clara at a high volume, without doing anything else, without any distractions and you'll probably never sleep properly again. Read more
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