Scott Walker - Tilt
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1995 Ratings: #115 / 445
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Based on 87 ratings
1995 Ratings: #11
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May 8, 1995 / Release Date
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Fontana / Label
Experimental / Genres
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The darkness stopped dripping through the stars...

Scott Walker... just the name gives me the shivers. Pop Giant or Dark Wizard? Variety singer or avant-garde poet making horribly draining and uncompromising music? Pretty-boy with sunglasses or undisputed master of your most terrifying nightmares? Scott Engel (his real name) is all of these things at once; and all of them with unparalleled brilliance. Hard to qualify this accomplished artist, whose musical career took a most radical turn with ... read more
After his 1984's transitory work in the form of Climate of Hunter, a decade and a year would pass before Walker would return with the first of three albums, the first offering being Tilt. This was the moment that Scott Walker truly came into his own as an avant-garde artist and composer.

Tilt retains the baroque pop he was known for on the first song, Farmer in the City, but here it is starkly different in tone and more minimalist in percussion; the violins and his crooning baritone vocals mix ... read more
Spine-tingling and deliriously intangible, as if to gesture towards an alterity so foreboding that our very processes of cognition begin to break down...
In memory of Scott, I think it would be pretty respectful to give him my 100th review/rating. Yet - where does one even begin with an artist as polarizing, daring, challenging, unique and intense as this guy?

Honestly, if you had to ask, Walker is a musician I respect more than almost any other. Records such as these, 'Blackstar', or any avant swan songs out there are absolutely fascinating. When you're an artist who's lived a life like Scott Walker, who would want to keep making baroque love ... read more
These latter works defy genre. I'm certain they exist in their own musical universe.
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Track List


  1. Farmer in the City (Remembering Pasolini)
  2. The Cockfighter
  3. Bouncer See Bouncer...
  4. Manhattan
  5. Face on Breast
  6. Bolivia '95
  7. Patriot (a single)
  8. Tilt
  9. Rosary  


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Added on: November 29, 2012