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5.0 out of 5 stars Cale's definitive songwriter album, 3 Dec 2004
This review is from: Paris 1919 (Audio CD)
John Cale had a already become a man of indefinable talents long before the release of Paris 1919, yet for me his best work inside or outside the Velvet Underground can be found in this album, part of his peak songwriting period (which includes the darker textures of Fear). The beauty of his lyricism is haunting. Cale's literacy is very much an undervalued weapon and becomes striking in the albums fulcrum and title track, a sly critique of the high authority of the church. The tracks have a historical quality which resonate with wit and cunningly smooth balladeering. The arrangements are exceptional and easy on the ear, making this an essential touchstone for newcomers.
One obvious point after repeated listens is the curious lack of widespread praise in comparison to the notably patchy nature of Lou Reed's catalogue. Reed, of course, made several worthy albums in Transformer and the underrated Berlin, but nothing comparable in coherence or lasting quality to Cale.
Cale's best songs are here, anyone having sampled his collections or other albums would be pushed to disagree (though his work with Eno and his production roles are key for further investigation). 'Hanky Panky' and 'Andalucia' have a majestic warmth, while 'Half past France' is a reflective masterstroke. The understated touch of the later tracks cannot be mirrored in my understatement for this album. It is a definitive british recording.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2014 11:40:23 GMT
J says:
"The understated touch of the later tracks cannot be mirrored in my understatement for this album."
Que?
"It is a definitive british recording."
Wot?

Posted on 15 Mar 2014 11:40:52 GMT
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