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John Cale


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3 stars John Cale after leaving Velvet Underground started long solo career. And his collection is full of different and often .... strange music. Classicaly trained musician for a long was involved in new classic minimalism, played together with Terry Riley,etc.

But after few albums he turned back to more commercial music. And again, this music was the mirror of outside musical world. His years in music production and collaboration with Nico, and later Iggy Pop and David Bowie,turned him to new music direction in his music as well. So, in the atmosphere of late 70-th Cale became a huge figure of NY underground/punk scene.

So, don't you await for neo classic minimalism,acoustic piano or violin from this album. "Honi Soit" is made in post-punk tradition with punk band of musicians. A believe, that in time of release it was quite attractive work. Mainly because of more complex music and using of synth keys in it. But from another hand, 1980 in fact was the year of new wave, so you can hear plenty of Talking Heads'rhythms and keyboards there in that album.

What is for sure - it isn't prog at all. The only raletion with prog music is in using more complex arrangements, than it normally was useable for punk music. But again, early Talking Heads albums are much more progressive in that sense.

Music generally is a mix of Iggy Pop,David Bowie with touches of Talking Heads music on it. Few songs are quite good, but in total very average album. Don't think it could be interesting to anyone on PA site. Still 2,5...

snobb | 3/5 |


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