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Scott Walker - The Drift
And then there's Scott Walker, whose bleak, gothic crooning made him sound ancient as a young man. It took a long, long time for conceptual, compositional darkness to fully catch up to the world-weariness that his voice carried even in 60s chart hits. The Drift, his pitch-black, avant-garde pop record from 2006, is as far out into the vod as he ever got, presumably as far out as he could go. I've poked gentle fun at its meat-punching pretentiousness before, but this thing out-metals black metal for intensity.