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Extra Playful Ep [VINYL] [EP]

John Cale Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Domino Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

John Cale's new five-track EP conceives and executes more great ideas in 21 minutes than most musicians do in 10 years. It's art-rock, but energised; fun, smart and sexy. It recalls a time when nearly all rock had to exhibit brain and heart as well as muscle, before the Oasis era of regression - and yet remains hotly topical and glisteningly modern. It's the work of a master.

Domino must be rubbing their hands with glee at such a coup. For any children reading, Cale was, along with Lou Reed, the fulcrum of The Velvet Underground, before engaging on a durable career as solo artist, collaborator and producer of landmark albums. His vivid production here - a perfect balance of surprises and moving the ship forward - merits wonder. It seems almost unfair, then, that his voice, songs, lyrics and musicianship have hit new peaks. Reed may have taken an inspired leap with Metallica, but his old ally reasserts that you underestimate a Welshman at your peril.

Don't be misled by the relative simplicity of the opener, Catastrofuk, in which Cale's stentorian vocal fillets a chugging Greenwich Village guitar-riff to emerge with something sounding very Interpol. Whaddya Mean by That? follows; a pulse of melancholy. "Take me to your bedroom / Lay me on the floor," he croons, evoking both the kinkiness of Venus in Furs and the self-deprecation of Leonard Cohen. Cohen comes to mind again in Hey Ray (no relation to Sister Ray), archly comic industrial dub with timely shouts of "They're having a riot" and "The Russians are coming". There are hints of Iggy's The Idiot in the arrangements, and the mash-up of 80s electro-funk and Kraut-drone which platforms the sinewy Perfection also tips the hat to Bowie-Berlin.

This EP is a layer-cake of contrasts, and Pile A L'Heure sees Cale torch-singing in French over reverbed synths: it ends in a huge explosion that's as much Hiroshima Mon Amour as Blockbuster. "Say hello to the future," states Cale; "say goodbye to the past". At 69, he's one of today's most vital artists, and next year's full album promises to be white-hot and loaded.

--Chris Roberts

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4.0 out of 5 stars The return of the prodigal son 13 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Extra Playful is the first new material from Cale since 2005's Black Acetate, appearing ahead of a new album set for release in 2012. It ain't world changing, but it is hugely enjoyable; as playful as promised on tracks like 'Catastrofuk', where Cale's agenda is made crystal clear in the lyric "Say hello to the future, Say goodbye to the past". The highlight, 'Hey Ray', manages to tie up the past and future quite nicely; the subject matter a typically barmy tribute to an old associate from his Velvet Underground days. It's hard to hear it with its skittering beats and off kilter vocals and imagine a 69 year old as the brains behind it. As usual, John Cale clearly revels in challenging our expectations of him, and why the hell not? He's spent the last 40 odd years as a rock and roll maverick, flying in the face of convention, so why stop now? You didn't seriously expect him to don a cardigan and slippers did you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Promising 25 Oct 2011
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A great taster for the new album, due in February apparently. As with Hobosapiens and blackAcetate, this release demonstrates more ideas in one song than many young bucks do in an entire album these days. "Hey Ray" is particularly fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars rather expensive 27 May 2012
This five track 12" single was released on record store day 2012 in the UK and Europe as a limited edition of 600 copies. It was not available other than purchasing in person at independent record shops.
Some copies are stil available at source, the Double Six record label online shop which is here..
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master 25 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
Touching 70, this man has been at the vanguard of art-rock since its inception. His mind is as fertile as ever. I can't wait for the next album, I'm certain it will be as wryly sublime as all his other work.
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