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Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood

1 Oct 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 2012
  • Label: Double Six Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Domino Recording Co Ltd
  • Total Length: 53:37
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  • ASIN: B009IBV0NI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,404 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David P. Weber on 8 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
I read a review in Uncut magazine which praised this album and promptly dumped it with six stars! I read an account somewhere else which said this LP amounted to Cale's adventures in dance music.

The lack of quality reviewers for someone as important to the rock world as Cale is tremendously disappointing (but perhaps shouldn't be surprising). At time of writing, there are already two reviews on this page by people who clearly know what they're on about.

If you have never heard John Cale before, aside from his VU work, this is a good place to start. I'm a little biased because I've immersed myself in all of his solo work and aside from a lean (but still interesting) period in the mid-Eighties, I love every album.

But to try to be objective, it's fair to say 'Nookie Wood' continues the hot streak evident on 'Hobosapiens' and 'blackAcetate'-- while not as epic as the former, it's not as abrasive as the latter.

For those that were listening, last year's EP provides a worthy primer. I think it's one of the best albums of the year.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Oct 2012
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John Cale was seventy years old this year and on the evidence available
on his new album 'Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood' (just loving the title
Mr Cale!) he still has lead aplenty in his pencil. There's a vibrancy and
finesse in these twelve new songs which not only belies his many years in
the business but demonstrates beyond doubt that he remains a major force
in the contemporary musical firmament. The project has a blissfully dark
ambience shot through with flashes of wry humour and deft melodic and rhythmic
invention. His fine band : Dustin Boyer (guitars, synth and backing vocals);
Joey Maramba (Bass) and Michael Jerome Moore (Drums) cook up a hot broth of
gritty sound around Mr Cale's inimitably gruff vocals. The voice is in
remarkably good shape for a septuagenarian. The man can still hold a tune with
the best. Perhaps the most striking thing of all, however, is how remarkably
easy it all seems. A consummate musician blissfully comfortable in his own skin.

Of the treasures on offer (and there isn't a bad egg in the box) 'Mary' comes
very close to being top of the pile. A warmly articulated performance of a
truly beautiful melody; chock full of tenderness and pathos. A real heart stopper!
'Nookie Wood' is a another cracker. A squelchy piece of swampy voodoo, a tad
redolent of eighties Berlin Bowie. So too the quasi-psychedelic ebb and flow of
'Face To The Sky', studded with angular electric guitar and a strikingly focused
vocal. The faltering beats of 'Vampire Cafe' shuffle and scrape along with spooky
aplomb and the lovely 'Living With You' positively glows with warm emotion.

Mr Cale has been a constant in my collection since the Velvet Underground years.
With this terrific album there is every good reason that he should remain there.

Essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'D on 2 Nov 2013
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Nookie Wood is brilliantly produced - in fact probably the most satisfying production I've heard in the last couple of years. What Kanye attempts on Yeezus, Cale achieves here.

Nookie Wood is a kind of crepuscular, demi-monde alternate version of the world we live in today. The track Scotland Yard could be the soundtrack to the whole weird Snowden/ Prism story and presciently enough was released months prior to the revelations, and got associated with Leveson instead, which is fair enough. Elsewhere the song December Rains humorously makes mention of Google "getting on your nerves". But neither of these songs is dark or vituperative, instead Cale just appears to be acknowledging just how weird the present is.

Face to the Sky is a great listen at this time of year (as is most of this record, it's well autumnal innit). Slightly off-centre half-light atmospheric vibe:

"She is standing, listening to the wind
Dark is lifting, a face to the sky
A homecoming laughter swirling around her

Dizzy as a top on a chess board".

A great record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Guillermo Huidobro Rein on 6 Feb 2013
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I can't remember an album (Long Play or CD) by John Cale that wasn't good, extraordinary or simply a masterpiece. I have no words for this artist, just I recommend this item for anyone who loves music. Thank you very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Rushton on 11 Jan 2013
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A very inspired album and one of his best, I took a gamble - never having heard even one track before purchase - the missus loves it !
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