Scott Walker

Stretch/We Had It All

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Neither Stretch nor We Had It All are major items in Walker's catalog, lacking the inspiration of his first albums, the adventure of his latter-day records or the technical mastery of his Walker Brothers recordings. Both albums are slight collections of contemporary country-pop and folk-rock covers, produced in an anemic, bloodless fashion where the strings don't soar, they limp. Walker sounds fine, yet he's singing without much passion or flair. Occasionally, such as "That's How I Got to Memphis," he connects with the song and the results are somewhat engaging, but they don't make this well-produced two-fer worthwhile to anyone outside of hardcore Walker fanatics.

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