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Scott Walker: Classics and Collectibles

Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2005

THE SCOTT WALKER of the '60s and '70s - of Classics and Collectibles - is all about tragic grandeur colliding with Easy Listening: Bergman movies crossed with budget-line cardigan kitsch. Wonderfully out of step with the coded demi-monde of Swinging London rock, California-born Walker inhabited his own withered world of European loneliness, a lost soul in sunglasses and polo-necks backed by orchestras as lush as anything Sinatra had at his disposal.

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