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The cover version album for those who hate cover versions
on 2 November 1999
There are few artistes who merit a mention for cover versions: Scott Walker ranks among the highest for this production. I live in Belgium, the home of Jacques Brel.
Friends who have listened to this CD, that is friends from Belgium (both French speaking and Dutch speaking) and those who come from elsewhere agree that among the many covers of Brel, this one gives a sense of reality... of belonging... of understanding. Walker somehow manages to merge an orchestration with a sense of time and place... to make something meaningful of the generally great translations of these Brel masterpieces.
Were I to search for a real weakness, it is neither in the performance, nor in the orchestration, but in the translation of one song... Jacky. Were I to search for a missing item, it would be Marieke... a song of which Walker could make great things.
All in all a great introduction to a master in songwriting and perfomance, a wonderful testimony to Brel, and a showcase for Scott Walker, who deserves greater recognition that the pop artist of the seventies.