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A complex, disturbing work that improves with frequency,
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'Tilt' is not the best place to start with Scott Walker- the Walker Brothers 'Best of's' and the 1-4 'Scott' LP's are...However, since 'Til the band comes in' he has been very hit and miss: the bits of 'Nite Flights' which he wrote ('Shutout', 'The Electrician', the title track) were awesome; the rest was dull. The rumoured Brian Eno & David Sylvian collaborations did not appear; 'The Climate of Hunter' did- which was o.k...After the 'Man from Reno' single came this album- which did get in the UK album charts- but was treated with critical derision, as it appeared unlistenable...A housemate of mine was initially disturbed by it- the locust sounds on 'Bouncer see Bouncer' or the moaning at the start of 'The Cockfighter' in that instance. After listening to it many times over three years (preferably in the dark)he now LOVES it!!!...The opening track, 'Farmer in the City' is an ode to the murdered film director/writer Pier Paolo Pasolini and is as good as 'old Scott' tracks such as 'Big Louise' or 'The Old Man's Back Again'...The production is fantastic- the only LP's of late to sound this good are 'Grace' by Jeff Buckley and 'Time Out of Mind' by Bob Dylan (the producers being Andy Wallace & Daniel Lanois)...'Bouncer see Bouncer' & 'Manhattan' are hard to get through but the rest is highly listenable. This record sounds otherwordly and really is ahead of its time...For me 'The Cockfighter' is the best song- parts are as 'industrial' as anything by ATR, Neaubauten or 'Nail' by Foetus (with which it shares dark themes of torture; think of 'Salo')...The songs aren't the overblown doomed romantic of yore- they are the logical progression from the torture dialogue of 'The Electrician'...Saying that, it's a very elliptical album- the lyrics are great but as baffling and exact as Samuel Beckett...One that everyone should own- any record that has Scott sounding so passionate when singing Adolf Eichmann quotations is just fine by me...Just a pity that 'Man from Reno' wasn't used as a reprise, after 'Rosary' (a few tracks date from 92, 'Reno' 90) but I'm only saying that cos it's not on a CD I have...If you like 'Bone Machine' by Tom Waits or 'Rope on Fire' by Morphine- this one's gonna blow you away...If you think it's terrible on first listen, really, you MUST try harder!!!!
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Initial post: 13 Sep 2010 19:35:17 BDT
L. Turner says:
i thought it was terrible on first listen, on second i did the hoovering, yet to achieve third
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2011 15:29:01 BDT
Malcolm Tremain says:
Really? Hoovering and listening to Tilt at the same time eh?
Try hanging yourself on the third listen then you won't ever have to trouble yourself - or us - any further.
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