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on 4 March 2012
This album is a treat. We get to hear Scott Walker's unique voice as he sings translations of 9 of Jacques Brel's best-known songs, and it works a treat.

The selection of songs shows off the variety of themes that Brel used in his songs. As the sleeve notes put it, he can be both romantic and cynical, often in the same song. Walker readily identified with this when he made the album in the late 60's as he was trying to distance himself from the "pop" songs he had made with The Walker Brothers.

The songs range from the upbeat "Mathilde" to the morose "My Death" and the comic "Next" but all are excellent. Most people will have heard a version of "If You Go Away" and Walkers is as good as there is.

At times you feel the translation into English of Brel's lyrics by Mort Shulman is a bit forced but this is probably being very petty.

This album is a great combination of two great musical talents.
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