Scott Walker is a fine musician, with interesting ideas and a great voice. And yet, when I listen to this great Jacques Brel song, I can’t help but think of it as I do Pat Boone performing Blueberry Hill:
As opposed to Fats Domino.
Here is Jacques Brel, debuting the original song, Mathilde:
Can it be that Walker doesn’t understand the song? The agony and the ecstasy? It certainly seems that he doesn’t. There is no doubt that Brel understands it—probably far better than we do.