Scott Walker in The Queitus today ...... exciting.I love doing it. I'd like to do more of it. I've got a couple of things lined up for 2013 and 2014, which are pieces for festivals in Australia and the people at the National Concert Hall in Dublin have offered me the chance to do something.
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch: reviews
A visit to Google will yield many reviews of Scott Walker's "Bish Bosch". Some representative comments are:
The first time I heard Bish Bosch, I never wanted to hear it again.
... who wants to buy an album you can hardly bear to listen to?
The first thing you hear is 30 seconds of drums that aren't so much being pounded as punished, overlaid with a kind of electronic shriek. And this is one of the more approachable moments on Bish Bosch.
Bish Bosch is sick with corporeal disgust and philosophical disquiet
Walker has always protested that people miss the humour in his work - in fairness, that's perhaps an inevitable consequence of writing songs about existential despair, Nicolae Ceausescu, illness, and disgust at the human body
... listening to Bish Bosch is a bruising, draining experience
There's something repellently fascinating about Scott Walker's notion of music these days.
At the center of it all is an old man wailing about cutting off his own balls and feeding them to someone.
And, boy, has Walker really bitched it this time - nine new astounding abominations, nine new non-songs, bastards all, hymns without harmony, sheer discordia, and, lyrically, nothing but beasts, buggeries, and decapitations.
... furious assault of dystopian instrumentation
To be fair, here are a couple of the rather fewer positive [sic] comments:
I started listening to this album with a mild amusement but kept returning to it to be both terrified and impressed in equal measure.
It might not encourage repeat plays, but to dismiss it as a racket is to do it, and its maker, a huge disservice.
Well, I've listened to it twice now.
I suspect some of these reviewers have not heard some other things I possess since they might then find Bish Bosch disappointingly melodic. While it may not be the thing I would play when Mother-in-law's at home, it's certainly a possession of note. Ah, that voice.
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