Only listened to this album once since buying yesterday but this is an impressive, but not spectacular album from John Cale. Maybe this is the most impressive thing though, how many musicians continue to release good, strong albums into their 70s? Where most artists settle into trotting around on Greatest Hits tours and wallowing into nostalgia, how many prefer to record, not only new albums, but albums that sound nothing like thier previous work? Cale's working philosophy is one to be applauded. To be fired with the same creativity and pioneering spirit that he had 50 years ago is testamount to his originality and comitment to being an creditable artist, rather than a walking jukebox.
But what of the album itself? After reading reviews talking of a hip hop influence my hopes weren't particular high, but I was nciely suprised. The album is full of squelchy electronica and grubby funk basslines. His collaboration with Dangermouse sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but isnt. Luckily, he doesnt attempt to rap though! Merely Cale dabbling with electronics. if anything it sounds like the Beastie Boys last (unfortunately it will be their last) album The Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, except with the umistakeable voice of Mr Cale smeared over it.
The standout track for me was "Scotland Yard". An odd and deeply weird album but original, different and fascinating. John Cale continues to be... John Cale.