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Chosen by: NME’s Martin Robinson

Scott Engel, a ’60s teen idol in The Walker Brothers, couldn’t cope with fame, suffered a breakdown, joined a monastery, tried to commit suicide, then reinvented himself in 1967 as a romantic balladeer. His subsequent solo output was reduced to one album a decade, each more void-staringly abstract than the last. Walker’s music is some of the most breathtaking ever written, his voice colossal, his songwriting daring.

 
 
 
 
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