Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Ratings: #157 / 958
Year End Rank: #36
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Based on 94 ratings
2012 Ratings: #132
December 4, 2012 / Release Date
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4AD / Label
Experimental / Genres
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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.

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.

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.


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.

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. 


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


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.


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


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.

Consider this review as more of a tribute to pay respects to the unmatched, unprecedented Scott Walker, he would've celebrated his 77th birthday today. His music will continue to live on forever..Rest In Peace man, the pain is over.

Hardly has there ever been an artist whose musical evolution proves to be quite as enticing as Scott Walker. Immaculately transitioning from 60s teen surf pop to eccentric avant-garde, all while maintaining some form of cultural relevance in the music industry and ... read more
With the birthday of Scott Walker falling on the day that I type this review, there is something of a certain satisfaction to be had that here, on a day he would have been 77 years old, I found my favorite album of his works.

That is not to diminish his previous, excellent material; his teenage years showed off his early vocal potential well, Images and Nite Flights showed the Walker Brothers at their best, the Scott series are a set of absolutely fantastic baroque pop albums, Climate of ... read more
I really don't get this album at all. I don't know if its something that needs to click but I can't enjoy this at all. I'm not against this style of music but the way its presented on Bish Bosch feels just like a chore to listen to.

Best Track: The Day The "Conductor" Died (An Xmas Song)
Worst Track: SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)
Yeah this is where I kind of draw the line of experimental. Now I kinda like some of the experimentation but still this album sound pretentious as hell. I tried to listen to it over and over but Scott kind of comes across as cringey. Yeah but still I kind of like some of the instrumentals that go along with it.

This album I would say if you wanna have a weird experience with a album just try this because I did.
I love this record so much now, I never want to listen to it again. Exactly like "plucking feathers from a swan song" - 'Bish Bosch' is the darker, gothic Trout Mask Replica. Throwing the listener into a dark yet unique spiral of self-aware insanity. Scott manages to be so unsettling while avoiding typical conventions in bleak atmospheric music, and experiments with some horrifying sonic arrangements. While 'Bish Bosch' may not be an overwhelming favourite of mine, it sure does have ... read more
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#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