THE DRIFT - ALBUM PRESS
Nov 2006: UNCUT magazine’s 50 Best Albums of 2006. At #25, The Drift. Read all about it via a handy summary from the Scott Walker Yahoo group (including a capsule review of the recently re-issued box set. Nice)
***Recently added “One star or six star” TimeOutLondon Review.
Anthony Reynold’s excellent review is here…
Trouse Press’ comprehensive overview of Scott’s career, now with a review of The Drift.
Five more stars…musicOMH.com
HOT PRESS magazine from Ireland…9 out of 10! “The best mysteries come in triads, like the Sibyl’s three visits to king Tarquin and the three prophetic books he ended up with…”
9 out of 10 from Pitchfork. “Even at its most dissonant and abstract, this record is human to the core.”
“a work of staggering emotional sentiment and complexity” says Dusted Magazine.
“Antonin Artaud would have approved.” posits Brainwashed.com
“It could just as well exist in any other medium—say, as a wall-size painting or a dense experimental film.” says Tim Kinsella of the Chicago Reader.
Scott talks to The Age.
The New York Times review.
Wisely categorizing it under Alternative/Punk (we heard some hapless record store had filed a copy under ‘Easy Listening”!),eMusic Magazine calls it “the richest and most rewarding music of Walker’s long, strange career.”
“Like Wagner, Walker faces charges of pretentiousness and grandiosity. But I think that to be truly pretentious or grandiose requires condescension. Walker never condescends.” says Sam Jack at Blogcritics.com
And here is the BBC online review with reader commentary.
Cherwell 24, Oxford University’s student newspaper.
From the streets of Galway…a capsule review from the Athlone Advertiser.
The AV Club’s Andy Battaglia gives the Drift an A- (oh come on, only an A-!?)
Interview and analysis from Canada’s Globe and Mail: “What separates him from the crowd is his disregard for limits.”
“it’s like the One Ring that ruled them all” contends David Murphy at Contact Music.
Even Bloomberg.com puts in its two cents - “brave and uncompromising. It’s also weird.”
The detailed and in-depth AllMusic.com article by Thom Jureck: “one of the most unclassifiable records ever to come down the pipe in the (dis)guise of rock.” And the Allmusic review.
“The Drift—in all its nightmarish, bloody glory—is as bold and profound a comment on our times as has emerged so far this century.” says PopMatters.
File under “exotic” and “high concept” says the LA Weekly capsule review. And here is a longer, expanded article that says The Drift is “ — stranger, harsher, more obscure, more brain-searingly beautiful and more chillingly, terrifyingly real than anything since its sequestered twin sister, Nico’s The Marble Index.”
An exploration cinematic sounds, including, what else, The Drift - San Antonio Current
The Drift strikes UNCUT with ” a lurid, imagistic and nightmarish urgency”
“Like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” set to music” says Treble.
“Yes there are people in the world who do not love Scott Walker, but what must their hearts be like?” Stuart Maconie, NME
“rudderless” , claims some reviewer at Seattle’s The Stranger.
The Drift gives David Dunlap Jr at Washington City Papaer a “Pretension Headache”.
Thanks to Sonja at Beggars Banquet in NYC for sending a fresh batch of press from the US - Alternative Press, Spin, Time Out NY, a big feature in Magnet and more…the continental drift continues apace…“the sonics are consistantly stunning”…”Hell’s preferred crooner fully tears the lid off!”…”a nightmare you look forward to repeating”…”hallucinatory”…”soaring, roaring”…read on:
and just when you thought you have read it all…a great reaction to the Drift from some chap’s blog (scroll down to the pic of scott w/ the guitar) - I feel like I’m sitting there with him listening along. (thanks for the tip-off Robert…)
and, another best of 2006…at #3…
NATHANTOWN asks: Why is THE DRIFT so frightening…?
From a blog called Moodswings Favorites - probably says it better than anybody, really: “Sure, Scott’s music isn’t of the easy-on-the-ear variety but once it’s in your heart, it stays forever!”
“The best album ever made” claims 5:4
“It is beautiful, hideous, adventurous, glorious, demented…challenging in the extreme and not for the faint-hearted. Having said that, this is a work of such genius and beauty that, to me, it is like opera.” says MP3Maniaco
A “review” of the design and packaging of the album: Hard format
A man find’s “Tilt” in the only used record store in Kuwait and has this to say about it…(scroll down for his review)