Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Ratings: #157 / 944
Year End Rank: #35
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2012 Ratings: #103
December 4, 2012 / Release Date
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4AD / Label
Experimental / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Tiny Mix Tapes

This very refusal to cohere, to make sense, to play the game of identity and otherness, of harmony and disharmony, makes Bish Bosch this year’s only necessary work of art.

89
Beats Per Minute

It’s notoriously heavy, full of references that will elude you without lyric sheets, centering on characters from history you’ve never heard of, and containing sound worlds that will frighten, amuse, and beguile you.

80
Consequence of Sound

While Bish Bosch isn’t nearly the departure The Drift was six years ago, there’s a sharper attention to detail and a much broader scope at bay, one that would shake the boots of even the strongest composers worldwide.

80
Pitchfork

Bish Bosch is difficult music that was intended to sound difficult and be enjoyed primarily by people who enjoy difficult experiences. The irony is that it is difficult in conventional ways.

80
Under The Radar

Bisch Bosh continues that dissonant trend with Walker's distinctive baritone croon in the midst of the avant-garde storm. There is more emphasis placed on rock tropes this time, but Walker's lyrics are just as oblique. 

70
musicOMH

For all its uncomfortable moments, Bish Bosch also provides both reminders of Walker’s existing strengths, and some intriguing suggestions of where he might go next

70
PopMatters

Despite its ties to vital art from the past and its incessant line of obscure references and Walker’s own pretentions as an artist, this is also industrial opera dramatics mixed with musical slapstick.

52
Paste

The irony of Bish Bosch is that in its extra-terrestrial grab for timelessness, Walker ends up lightyears from the qualities that made his art timeless

30
NME

How anyone outside the walls of a mental asylum could genuinely enjoy the annoyingly repetitive industrial drum-throbs, aimless experimento-guitar crunches and lyrics about “reeking gonads” that characterise songs called things like ‘Epizootics!’ is beyond me.

Inglume
80
Okay, this record is so surreal and upon initial listen, it caught me completely off-guard, but that's the beauty of it. I haven't seen any major rock musician pull off something so surreal since Trout Mask Replica, and the best part is that it works. Also, I'm feeling a bit of David Bowie's Blackstar on this record, mainly because of Scott Walker's vocal delivery.
rika_
55
what

fav tracks: phrasing, epizootics
least fav tracks: sdss1416+13b, see you don't bump his head, the day the conducator died
zaxapitsa
57
la cara B merece la pena
CheapandLethal
55
Uninspiring
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MISC LISTS

#46/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. 'See You Don’t Bump His Head' 
  2. Corps De Blah
  3. Phrasing 
  4. SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter) 
  5. Epizootics!
  6. Dimple 
  7. Tar 
  8. Pilgrim
  9. The Day The "Conducator" Died
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Added on: September 24, 2012