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Hobosapiens

6 Oct 2003 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2003 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:00:05
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  • ASIN: B001KQVSNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,946 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "wondrous_glockenspiel" on 6 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
A review of a John Cale compilation in one of the popular music magazines a few years ago said something to the effect that "Cale is doomed to spend his whole career in the shadow of two albums he made in the late Sixties", referring of course to the groundbreaking work he did with the Velvets. In trying to escape that shadow, he has made some of the most consistently interesting music of the past three decades. It hasn't always been great, or acclaimed, but his wit and personality have ensured a cult following.
In this album, however, we can see a new John Cale, who has everything and nothing to do with any of that stuff. The first glimpse of the new John Cale (who is, finally, just the old John Cale, only older) came with the release of the "Five Tracks" EP, the best twenty minutes of music released in early 2003, but they are even more evident here. Some things about the new (old) John Cale:
Where the old (young) John Cale made angular songs that shifted radically from melodic melancholy to screaming art-rock, the new old new Cale is more subtle. The musical left turns are still here, but they are handled so elegantly that they feel as though they belong. This is partly to do with Nick Franglen's co-production, partly to do with Cale's beloved Pro Tools software, but mostly to do with Cale's maturity as a songwriter.
Another thing: the new John Cale really likes the Beta Band. Why does this matter? Because this is a thoroughly modern record. Just listen to his tortured falsetto howl on "Magritte" and you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were hearing the best thing Radiohead have ever done. It's not contrived in any way, though: Cale is not trying to be trendy, he is, as always, his own man.
The new John Cale is NOT a nihilist.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John E. Kraus on 31 Dec 2003
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I have been a John Cale fan for 20 years now, merely a neophyte considering his 40 year career in music. It is amazing that as Cale hits 61 years old, he releases the finest album of his long career (and that includes his numerous collaborations [Velvet Underground, Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Nico, et al.]). Whereas earlier albums thematically tilted one way or the other-- Paris 1919 = polished pop; Honi Soit = art rock; Words for the Dying = classicism; Walking on Locusts = adult contemporary (this is not an insult); Fear/Slow Dazzle/Helen of Troy = Avant-Pop; Music for a New Society = minimalist rock, etc-- Hobosapiens is a seamless synthesis of Cale's sometimes competing sensibilities. What comes of this is a work of "art" (yeah, I know, it is a music CD, but...) that transcends trends/styles/labels. Repeated listening enriches the experience and reveals the depth, musically and lyrically, of the material. I hope that Cale's current productivity with EMI (5 Tracks, Hobosapiens) mirrors his prolific work during the Island years. I can't wait to hear what's next! Stand-out tracks include: Things, Magritte, Archimedes, Over Her Head, and the incredible Letter From Abroad (as defamiliarizing as Gun was in the 1970's). EMI--> give this thing a formal release in the USA!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jazzaben on 22 Mar 2012
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By accident I came across this cd with John Cale. As a lifelong fan of Lou Reed, I know the excistence of John Cale. And what a chock and what an exciting feeling to hear this important music. What an inspirational earthquake. I love this poetic and chaotic music. For this moment on its my most listened record and to me it contains all the good and bad issues in life. Dualism.. Beautiful.

Due to my limited english skills, I will end this review, or else continue in Danish.
From Henrik, Denmark
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 8 Nov 2003
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John Cale has been involved with so many classic albums- whether as collaborator (White Light/White Heat, The Marble Index, Wrong Way Up, Last Day on Earth, Songs for Drella), producer (The Stooges, The Modern Lovers, Horses, Desertshore), or solo artist (Fear, Helen of Troy, Music for a New Society, Paris 1919).And this is forgetting his frequent film soundtrack work & appearances on tracks by artists such as Nick Drake & The Replacements! The ep 5 Tracks (also 2003) pointed to new era in Cale's brilliant career- whether prompted by a pilgramage to Wales (where he discovered many contemporary bands) or writing his autobiography (What's Welsh for Zen?...something has prompted Cale to release some of his best solo work to date. HoboSapiens (title alluding to an essay on Dylan) is one of those genius albums produced by an ageing artist, passing through middle age (Cale is actually in his 60s now!)- thus it ranks up there with such albums as Alice/Blood Money (Tom Waits), Time Out of Mind (Bob Dylan), The Future (Leonard Cohen),Heathen (David Bowie), Dead Bees on a Cake/Blemish (David Sylvian) & Climate of Hunter/Tilt/Pola X (Scott Walker)Nice to see a hidden bonus track (Set Me Free) at the beginning of the album- even nicer to see this album released by a major label...
Sonically this is very pleasing- the production is shared with one of the members of Lemon Jelly, so again, easily up there with contemporary releases like Heathen/Reality, the last two Flaming Lips albums, SFA etc. Cale sounds very NOW- which is why this is one of the greatest albums of this year, alongside Blemish and Speakerboxx/The Love Below.
Each track is brilliant, an extremely consistent album, highlights including instrumental Bicycle (featuring an Eno drum loop and Eno's daughters giggling!
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