Bish Bosch

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Bish Bosch
Scott Walker Cover Bish Bosch.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 December 2012
GenreExperimental[1], avant-garde[2]
Length73:00
Label4AD
ProducerScott Walker, Peter Walsh
Scott Walker chronology
The Drift
(2006)
Bish Bosch
(2012)
Soused
(2014)

Bish Bosch is the fourteenth and final studio album by American singer Scott Walker. It was released on 3 December 2012 on 4AD.[3] Walker described it as the final installment in a trilogy that also includes Tilt (1995) and The Drift (2006).[4] At seventy-three minutes, Bish Bosch is Walker's longest studio album, and contains his longest song, the twenty-one minute, forty-one second "SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)".

Background and recording[edit]

Unlike his previous experimental albums, which were written over several years, Bish Bosch was written in just over a year. Walker had set aside a year to focus exclusively on writing, to speed up his process, and described it as "lightning speed". Even so, he still "had to wait and wait and wait almost every single day for the words to come".[5] The music was recorded over a period of two years, with lengthy gaps between sessions due to various problems: they had trouble booking the studios, Peter Walsh's father died, and musicians were busy with other work (including Walker himself, who scored a dance for the Royal Opera House).[6]

Walker got the idea for "SDSS14+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)" while browsing a friend's library and learning of Zercon, the court jester of Attilla; he considered Zercon a "fantastic character" and was surprised no one had used him. The song begins with Zercon performing for Attilla, and then try to escape and reach a "spiritual sovereignty", and ultimately fail, becoming a dwarf star and burning out.[7]

Walker explained the title: "I knew I'd be playing with language more than I had on any of the previous albums. I wanted the title to introduce you to this kind of idea and reflect the feeling of the album, which was bish bosh. And we know what bish bosh means here in this country – it means job done or sorted. In urban slang bish also [phonetically] means bitch, like "Dis is ma bitch". And then I wrote Bosch like the artist [Heironymous]. I was then thinking in the terms of this giant universal female artist. And this idea continued to play through the record in certain spots."[5]

Reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 78, based on 33 professional reviews.[8] The recording was selected as 'Album of the Week' in The Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Times, 'Album of the Month' in Mojo magazine,[9] and 'Album of the Year' by Tiny Mix Tapes.[10] The album placed 11th in The Wire's annual critics' poll.[11]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [12]
Beats Per Minute(89%) [13]
Consequence of Sound4/5 stars [14]
The Guardian4/5 stars [15]
The Independent4/5 stars [16]
NME3/10[17]
Pitchfork(8.0/10) [18]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars [19]
Sputnikmusic(3.5/5)[20]
Tiny Mix Tapes5/5 stars[21]

Track listing[22][edit]

No.TitleLength
1."'See You Don’t Bump His Head'"4:06
2."Corps De Blah"10:11
3."Phrasing"4:45
4."SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)"21:41
5."Epizootics!"9:40
6."Dimple"6:47
7."Tar"5:39
8."Pilgrim"2:26
9."The Day The 'Conducator' Died (An Xmas Song)"7:45

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Scott Walker – Vocals, Electric Guitar (9), Keyboards (8,9), Percussion (9)
  • Hugh Burns – Acoustic Guitar (2,4,6), Electric Guitar (1,2,3,4,5,7), Electric Baritone Guitar (1,2,3,4,5,7), E-Bow Guitar (1,4,7), Dobro (4), Ukulele (5), Hawaiian Pedal Steel (5)
  • James Stevenson – Electric Guitar (2,4), Electric Baritone Guitar (1,2,4), Mando Guitar (4)
  • Alasdair Malloy – Percussion (1,2,3,4,5,6,7), Tuned Gongs (6), Machetes (7)
  • Mark Warman – Keyboards (1,2,3,4,5,6,7), Drum Programming (1), Tuned Gongs (6), Handclaps (5), Machetes (7)
  • Peter Walsh – Keyboards FX (1,2,3,4,5,6,7), Drum Programming (1), Finger Snaps (5)
  • Ian Thomas – Drums (2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  • John Giblin – Bass (2,3,4,5,6,7), Double Bass (8)
  • Paul Willey – Violin Harmonics (2)
  • Michael Laird – Rams Horns (Kudu, Shofar) (4)
  • Pete Long – Baritone Saxophone (4,5), Tubax (4,5,7)
  • BJ Cole – Hawaiian Pedal Steel (5)
  • Guy Barker – Trumpet (5)
  • Tom Rees – Trumpet (5)
  • Andrew McDonnell – Lo Rumbles & White Noise (5)

Orchestra[edit]

  • Conductor & Orchestrator – Mark Warman (2,4,6)
  • 1st Violins – Paul Willey (2,4,6), Boguslaw Kostecki (2,4,6), Jonathan Rees (2,4,6), Laura Melhuish (2,4,6), Dave Ogden (2,4,6), Julian Trafford (2,4,6), Abigail Young (2,4,6), Ruth Ehrlich (2,4,6), Ann Morfee (2,4,6), Dave Smith (2,4,6)
  • 2nd Violins – Steve Morris (2,4,6), Tom Piggott-Smith (2,4,6), Charlie Brown (2,4,6), Elizabet Wexler (2,4,6), Sebastian Rudnicki (2,4,6), Nikki Gleed (2,4,6), Steve Bentley-Klein (2,4,6), Brian Wright (2,4,6), Clive Dobbins (2,4,6), Paddy Roberts (2,4,6)
  • Celli – Frank Schaefer (2,4,6), Justin Pearson (2,4,6), Chris Fish (2,4,6), Joely Koos (2,4,6), Nerys Richards (2,4,6), Dom Pecheur (2,4,6), Tamsy Kayner (2,4,6), Vicky Metthews (2,4,6)
  • Double Basses – Enno Senft (2,4,6), Chris West (2,4,6), Clare Tyack (2,4,6), Steve Rossell (2,4,6), Stacey Watton (2,4,6), Alice Kent (2,4,6), Stephen Warner (4), Lucy Hare (4)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dennis, Jon (5 March 2014). "10 of the best: Scott Walker". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2018. Tilt (1995), the first of his trilogy of experimental albums
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom (3 December 2012). "Bish Bosch - Scott Walker". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 November 2019. Genre: Avant-garde
  3. ^ Young, Rob (24 September 2012). "Scott Walker – Bish Bosch". 4AD. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  4. ^ Simon Hattenstone (23 November 2012). "Scott Walker: Brother beyond". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b Doran, John. "Cracking Up: Scott Walker Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  6. ^ Raggett, Ned (13 December 2012). "'MP3s are a Disaster': Scott Walker on the Nightmares That Plagued 'Bish Bosch'". Spin. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Scott Walker On World Cafe". NPR. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Bish Bosch Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Scott Walker's New Album, Bish Bosch, Released This Week". 4AD. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  10. ^ "2012: Favorite 50 Albums of 2012; Page 5". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  11. ^ "2012 Rewind: Releases of the Year 1–50". The Wire. No. 347. London. January 2013. p. 34 – via Exact Editions.
  12. ^ "AllMusic review".
  13. ^ "Beats Per Minute review".
  14. ^ "Album Review: Scott Walker – Bish Bosch". Consequence of Sound. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  15. ^ 29 November 2012
  16. ^ Simon Price (2 December 2012). "IoS album review: Scott Walker, Bish Bosch (4AD) – Reviews – Music". London: The Independent. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  17. ^ Fullerton, Jamie (8 January 2013). "Bish Bosch – Scott Walker". NME.
  18. ^ "Pitchfork review".
  19. ^ "Slant review".
  20. ^ Butler, Nick (31 December 2013). "Album Review – Scott Walker: Bish Bosch". SputnikMusic. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  21. ^ Comentale, Ed. "Scott Walker – Bish Bosch". Tiny Mix Tapes.
  22. ^ Pelly, Jen (24 September 2012). "Pitchfork – Full Scott Walker Album Details Revealed". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 September 2012.

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