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John E. Kraus (Apex, NC, USA)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2003, 31 Dec 2003
This review is from: Hobosapiens (Audio CD)
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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