Scott Walker's solo career dramatized a constant clash between commercial success and artistic endeavor. As the leader of pop trio the Walker Brothers, he spent the mid-'60s enjoying chart success, his gliding baritone voice at the center of several notable hits for the group. After striking out solo in 1967 with a string of adventurous but still pop-leaning albums, Walker's solo work took a sharp turn toward experimentalism in the '80s. Infrequent releases throughout the '90s, 2000s, and 2010s were unrecognizable from the melancholic Baroque pop of Walker's earliest days, but his compositional avant-garde fare like 2012's Bish Bosch and soundtrack work on releases like 2016's Childhood of a Leader were dense, abrasive, and thoroughly fascinating. Born in 1943 in Hamilton, Ohio, Scott Walker was known as Scotty Engel when he cut obscure ...
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