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2 stars Scott Walker's sixth solo album 'Til the Band Comes In was released in December 1970. After the critical and commercial failure of his previous album Scott 4 (1969), Walker made several compromises with his manager and record company in an effort to restore his career momentum. Mostly written by Walker and his then-manager Ady Semel, this album failed to chart and it received negative reviews by the majority of critics.

I haven't listened to the whole album, here's just a quick look at two songs from it, both credited to Semel and Walker. Well, I certainly hope these are among the worst songs of the album. I frankly haven't much positive to say about them. ''Til the Band Comes In' has such a messy and circus-like noisy arrangement for the chorus. Otherwise this would be a decent but mediocre Scott Walker song.

'Jean the Machine' is a good-humoured, joyous song with a feel of the 30's/40's entertainment music, even some barbershop nuances. Unfortunately the brass-full arrangement gets too noisy on this one, too. The light-hearted charm is lost. I bet this is among the least enjoyable Scott Walker singles. So sad that his career started to lose direction at the time.

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