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John Cale


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3.36 | 13 ratings

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3 stars After a number of years of radio-silence, Cale came back on the scene in '81 with a string of so-called commercial albums. If that is a true statement then I must like commercial music because this is my John Cale favourite.

The 81-85 period of John Cale reminds me a lot of the music Peter Hammill was making in the same years. It has a similar sound, new wave influences, the same type of anguish, artsy arrangements and above all high quality rock. The album doesn't have really weak spots but the best is surely situated on the original A-side of the album. Dead Or Alive might be the best known tune from this album. It sounds like Neil Young doing a Talking Heads punk-rock track with trumpets in the main riff. Strange Times and Streets of Laredo are the most compelling songs here, both being very angst-ridden and intense. Overall, I'd rate the album as a 4 star A-side and 2.5-star B-side.

Of course, the appeal of this type of art-punk on prog audiences is highly unpredictable. Or, going by the number of ratings so far, would it be safe to say that it is non-existent. Still, recommended to fans of Talking Heads, Peter Hammill and John Cale obviously.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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