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Artificial Intelligence ~ John Cale
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Much has been said about Cale's 80s work, with 1982's bleak "Music for a New Society" in particular held up as his best album. Listening to "Artificial Intelligence", it's easy to see that this was a fruitful period, as some of Cale's best work is on this album. Rock journalist Larry Sloman's oblique lyrics are perfectly suited to Cale's snarling, punky vocal delivery, the closest he has come to capturing on record the feel of his deranged live shows (I had the privelege of seeing the man live recently and I can say that the first time you hear John Cale scream at the top of his lungs, it is really something).
The thing that makes this a good album rather than a great one is,… Read more
Hobosapiens ~ John Cale
Hobosapiens ~ John Cale
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more