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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest, 20 Mar. 2011
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For my money this is one of the top five albums of the seventies, and certainly my favourite Cale album. What really distinguishes it is not the songwriting as such (although that is frequently excellent) but the sheer blood'n'guts emotion in Cale's voice. Darling I Need You is almost unbearably painful to hear, while the intensity of the vocal performance on the astonishing cover of Heartbreak Hotel has to be heard to be believed. The other side of the coin is the chillingly dispassionate spoken word vocal on closing track The Jeweller, which describes a day in the life of an average ordinary-Joe whose eye is mysteriously transforming into a vulva. This is rock music, Jim - but not as we know it.

My two favourite tracks are the opening pair - Cale's tribute to his musical hero Brian Wilson, 'Mr Wilson', unfolds in beautiful, elegaic fair-ground textures tinged with unmistakeable melancholy, while Taking It All Away is simply a mesmirisingly beautiful and heart-broken pop song which for some reason I always imagine being used as the soundtrack to a documentary about bailiffs.

An essential cornerstone of the seventies rock cannon - buy it
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2011 09:33:02 BDT
I think it's a shame that Lou Reed's work in the 70's seems to over shadow Cale's, I listen to this album,"Paris" and 'Fear', more than Reeds stuff.
Half of 'Transformer' half of 'Street Hassle' and most of'Berlin, that's about it for me and Lou.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2012 13:18:04 GMT
your not kidding about Lou reeds solo stuff. Transformer, Berlin, The Blue Mask are the only ones I spin & less frequent than John Cale
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