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4 stars Scott Walker's Tilt is an sonic masterpiece unlike no other.

If you don't already know Scott Walker was a singer songwriter/baroque pop artist who would eventually go on a somewhat hiatuses only releasing albums once in a decade or so wich brings us to the 90s and the start of a sort of trilogy, Tilt of course being the start of it. This album is what i can describe is an ethereal, industrial, avant garde, neo darkwave blend and it's beautiful. Scott is excellent at painting imagery with words from foggy farmlands to avant garde imagery with his story telling and beat poetry. The intro track Farmer In The City is a very orchestral and for lack of better words a foggy feeling song, with vocals so ghosty it sounds like he's haunting his own song, the next track The Cockfighter is one of my favorites of the album, it's intense and is one rollercoaster of a ride the intro being very ambient and then about a minute and 30 seconds in your jumpscared and the song becomes an industrial thril ride later in the song horns come in they almost remind me of something you'd hear on a Residents or Tom Waits record, Bouncer See Bouncer is another intense track, it feels like a build up is gonna happen and pay off but nothing does like if the song is edging the listener. However these next two tracks are the bread and butter Manhattan and Patriot, Manhattan is one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs ever created in my opinion, the track sounds like it'd be played at an opra in the apocalypse, one of my favorite moments in music ever is when the organs come in the organs sound heavenly and the electric guitars in the background only make it better, Patriot is another gorgeous track the strings combined with the industrial make an amazing duality while the whole album has this theme i think it shines best here. One more track i wanna bring up is the title track while it's not my favorite song here i just needed to mention the very 80s King Crimson guitar solo in it and just the song in general has that vibe. Overall this album is a sonic experience I highly recommend listening to this with headphones (and in the dark if you can) Scotts voice is again super ghostly and it just haunts every song like if his voice was an instrument the synths, horns and strings all collide with an industrial sound to make an album that sounds like no other

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