Scott Walker’s fourth solo album, Scott 4, is one of the most coherent, thoughtful, elegant records I know. Scott’s rich croon, evocative lyrics, dark and beautiful textures – it might be really hard to choose favourites. But the deep, haunting “The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated To The Neo-Stalinist Regime)” speaks to me in a way most personal, most profound. This country being what it is.
In a way, I do of course envy those who can’t identify with the song’s lyrics – but in a way, they could never understand the painful poignancy of it all. A classic - what else is there to say?..