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Comprehensive and insightful
on 24 July 2006
Through his painstaking critical analysis of Scott Walker's eclectic recording career, Lewis Williams has succeeded in peeling back the many complex layers of his subject's personality to reveal fresh perspectives on this most unique of artists.
The sheer breadth and diversity of Walker's four decades on vinyl is engagingly explored to create a catalogue of songs that is far more than a recountment of dates and facts. By exploring the varying themes and modes of lyrical expression utilised by Scott Walker, Lewis Williams presents a series of snapshots of the artist as a man, viewed through the multi-faceted prism of his work. Despite his obvious admiration for his subject, the author repeatedly brings trenchant objectivity to bear in a series of analyses that are as enjoyable as they are insightful.
'The Rhymes of Goodbye' is a fitting tribute to a unique artist.