Bish Bosch

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Bish Bosch
Scott Walker Cover Bish Bosch.jpg
Studio album by Scott Walker
Released 3 December 2012
Genre Experimental[1]
Length 73:00
Label 4AD
Producer Scott Walker, Peter Walsh
Scott Walker chronology
The Drift
(2006)
Bish Bosch
(2012)
Soused
(2014)

Bish Bosch is the fourteenth studio album by American singer Scott Walker. It was released on 3 December 2012 on 4AD.[2] The album has been described by its creator as being "the final installment in a trilogy" that also includes Tilt (1995) and The Drift (2006).[3] At seventy-three minutes, Bish Bosch is Walker's longest studio album, as well as also containing his longest song, the twenty-one minute, forty-one second "SDSS1416+13B (Zercon, A Flagpole Sitter)".

Reception[edit]

Critical response to Bish Bosch was very positive. 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.[4] 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,[5] and 'Album of the Year' by Tiny Mix Tapes.[6] The album placed 11th in The Wire's annual critics' poll.[7]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [8]
Beats Per Minute(89%) [9]
Consequence of Sound4/5 stars [10]
The Guardian4/5 stars [11]
The Independent4/5 stars [12]
Pitchfork(8.0/10) [13]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars [14]
Sputnikmusic(3.5/5)[15]
Tiny Mix Tapes5/5 stars [16]
NME3/10[17]

Track listing[18][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 (March 5, 2014). "10 of the best: Scott Walker". The Guardian. Retrieved August 13, 2018. Tilt (1995), the first of his trilogy of experimental albums 
  2. ^ Young, Rob (24 Sep 2012). "Scott Walker - Bish Bosch". 4AD. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  3. ^ Simon Hattenstone (2012-11-23). "Scott Walker: Brother beyond | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Bish Bosch Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Scott Walker's New Album, Bish Bosch, Released This Week". 4AD. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  6. ^ TMT Staff · December 2012. "2012: Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 | Staff Feature | Tiny Mix Tapes | Page 5". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  7. ^ "2012 Rewind: Releases of the Year 1–50"Paid subscription required. The Wire. No. 347. London. January 2013. p. 34 – via Exact Editions. 
  8. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  9. ^ "Beats Per Minute review". 
  10. ^ "Album Review: Scott Walker – Bish Bosch". Consequence of Sound. 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  11. ^ 29 November 2012
  12. ^ Simon Price (2012-12-02). "IoS album review: Scott Walker, Bish Bosch (4AD) - Reviews - Music". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  13. ^ "Pitchfork review". 
  14. ^ "Slant review". 
  15. ^ Butler, Nick (Dec 31, 2013). "Album Review - Scott Walker: Bish Bosch". SputnikMusic. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tiny Mix Tapes review". 
  17. ^ Fullerton, Jamie (January 8, 2013). "Bish Bosch - Scott Walker". NME. 
  18. ^ Pelly, Jen (24 Sep 2012). "Pitchfork - Full Scott Walker Album Details Revealed". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 

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