Scott Walker – Scott 2 (1968)

AllMusic Review: Although Walker’s second album was his biggest commercial success, actually reaching number one in Britain, it was not his greatest artistic triumph. His taste remains eclectic, encompassing Bacharach/David, Tim Hardin, and of course his main man Jacques Brel (who is covered three times on this album). And his own songwriting efforts hold their own in this esteemed company. “The Girls From the Streets” and “Plastic Palace People” show an uncommonly ambitious lyricist cloaked behind the over-the-top, schmaltzy orchestral arrangements, one more interested in examining the seamy underside of glamour and romance than celebrating its glitter. The Brel tune “Next” must have lifted a few teenage mums’ eyebrows with its not-so-hidden hints of homosexuality and abuse. Another Brel tune, “The Girl and the Dogs,” is less controversial, but hardly less nasty in its jaded view of romance. Some of the material is not nearly as memorable, however, and the over the top show ballad production can get overbearing. The album included his first Top 20 U.K. hit, “Jackie.” — Richie Unterberger

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Jackie” Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest and Mort Shuman 3:23
2. “Best of Both Worlds” Mark London and Don Black 3:14
3. “Black Sheep Boy” Tim Hardin 2:39
4. “The Amorous Humphrey Plugg” Noel Scott Engel 4:31
5. “Next” Jacques Brel and Mort Shuman 2:50
6. “The Girls from the Streets” Noel Scott Engel 4:11
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. “Plastic Palace People” Noel Scott Engel 6:06
8. “Wait Until Dark” Henry Mancini, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans 2:59
9. “The Girls and the Dogs” Jacques Brel, Gérard Jouannest and Mort Shuman 3:10
10. “Windows of the World” Hal David and Burt Bacharach 4:25
11. “The Bridge” Noel Scott Engel 2:50
12. “Come Next Spring” Lenny Adelson 3:24


Schill Score: 6/10


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