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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good actually
Despite what other reviewers have said I think
this is actually a good album, apart from one song that sounds like a
soundcheck throwaway.
John Cale fans will like this and there are definitely some
standouts like Song of the Valley, Black Rose and the Sleeper.
Published on 19 Aug 2008 by Mark Time

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been great...
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,...
Published on 20 Dec 2003 by wondrous_glockenspiel


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good actually, 19 Aug 2008
This review is from: Artificial Intelligence (Audio CD)
Despite what other reviewers have said I think
this is actually a good album, apart from one song that sounds like a
soundcheck throwaway.
John Cale fans will like this and there are definitely some
standouts like Song of the Valley, Black Rose and the Sleeper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than expected, 13 Dec 2012
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Was not expecting that much from mixed reviews but enjoyed the album more than expected.

While some of the music is dated with 80s synth sounds, the great thing is Cale as today was always interested in the latest technology and always gives a solid performance. See other reviews for individual highlights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Search, 13 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence (MP3 Download)
Look around the web and you will struggle to find this album. I therefore applaud Amazon for having it on download at such a great price.
This album contains what must be John Cale's finest song, "Dying On The Vine", but the rest of the album is worthy of a listen. Some might think 5 stars is a bit high, but part of this is down to its rarity.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been great..., 20 Dec 2003
This review is from: Artificial Intelligence (Audio CD)
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, ironically, that it was made in the mid-80s. Cale, like many ageing artists of the time, seems to have got all excited about MIDI technology and so the whole album is dominated by annoyingly dated keyboards. Compared to his recent albums, where new ProTools technology is used as a vehicle for good songwriting and not the other way around, the album seems gimmicky.
This is a shame, as there are a lot of good songs to enjoy here, in particular "Dying on the Vine" (check out Cale's solo piano arrangement on Fragments of a Rainy season for proof of its emotional impact), "Everytime the Dogs Bark" and "Satellite Walk".
If there's one song worth getting the album for, however, it's "Chinese Takeaway". A disturbing Muzak nightmare, it sounds like Lee Perry losing his mind in a dark room full of Casios. In retrospect, it almost seems like a satire on how horrifically barren the 80s were for many great artists. Luckily for us, the 90s were on their way...
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two great songs, 31 July 2004
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Artificial Intelligence (Audio CD)
John Cale is a genius with an uneven track record. He has created as many masterpieces as flops but even the latter normally include one or two great songs.
Artificial Intelligence (1985) is not one of his better albums. Everytime The Dogs Bark is somewhat messy without a coherent melody. Dying On The Vine has more of a tune and poetic lyrics, whilst The Sleeper is a slow track with a jazzy feel that doesn't really go anywhere.
Cale's characteristic angry rock surfaces on Vigilante Lover, a song with some great imagery but unfortunately the lack of melody makes it quite forgettable. Chinese Takeaway is an atmospheric instrumental infused with some shouts and laughter and Song Of The Valley is a brooding ballad with interesting instrumentation.
The meat of the album is found in Fade Away Tomorrow, a driving rock song in the mould of that brilliant sequence of Dirty Ass Rock 'n Roll/Darling I Need You/Roll A Roll on his Slow Dazzle album. It has a powerful hook and is embellished with beautiful female backing vocals. Black Rose with its swaying rhythms and whistling has its moments too.
The album concludes with the messy Satellite Walk, a jerky rock number without a discernable tune. The only tracks on Artificial Intelligence that stick in the mind are Fade Away Tomorrow and Black Rose. I recommend this album only to the most dedicated John Cale fans and I award it three stars because Cale is one of my favourite musicians. The real rating is probably closer to two or two and a half stars.
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