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4.00 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Zen (6:05)
2. Reading My Mind (4:13)
3. Things (3:38)
4. Look Horizon (5:42)
5. Magritte (5:00)
6. Archimedes (4:42)
7. Caravan (6:45)
8. Bicycle (5:07)
9. Twilight Zone (3:51)
10. Letter From Abroad (5:11)
11. Things X (4:51)
12. Over Her Head (5:24)

Total time 60:29

Bonus track on 2004 reissue:
13. Set Me Free (4:31)
(accessed by rewinding from track #1)

Line-up / Musicians

- John Cale / guitar, keyboards, acoustic & electric viola, harmonium, bass, sampling, backing vocals, composer, arranger & co-producer

- Nick Franglen / voice (11), co-producer
- Elizabeth Farnum / voice
- Alexandra Montano / voice
- Gayla Morgan / voice
- Lisa Bielawa / voice
- Alba Clemente / voice (Italian)
- Eden Cale / spoken voice
- Darla Eno / giggling voice (8)
- Irial Eno / giggling voice (8)
- Joe Gore / guitar
- Andy Green / guitar, sampling
- John Kurzweg / guitar
- Joel Mark / guitar, bass
- Lance Doss / guitar, backing vocals
- Emil Miland / cello
- Erik Sanko / dulcimer, bass
- Jeff Eyrich / bass
- Brian Foreman / bass
- Marco Giovino / drums, percussion
- Bill Swartz / drums
- Brian Eno / drum loop (8)
- Mikael Eldridge "Count" / sampling, drum loops
- Ryan Coseboom / sampling
- Dimitri Tikovoļ / sampling
- Shelley Harland / sampling

Releases information

Artwork: Rick Myers

CD EMI ‎- 5939092 (2003, Europe)
CD EMI Records ‎- OR 804042 (2004, US) With a bonus track

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and to Quinino for the last updates
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JOHN CALE Hobo Sapiens ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(62%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
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Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars After years of only marginal works, big collection of film soundtracks and early years re-releases, John Cale opened his XXI century discog with great album, best for years.

You will find there usual acoustic Cale pop-rock sound, with some proto-punk roots, but all that is only a part of this album's music. Unusually enough, all the sound is full off electronic sounds ( Eno collaborates on this recording!) and samples. But don't you worry , music is far from modern time electronic repetitive structures and demonstration of wide possibilities of electronic sound devices. The album is very acoustic (!), with great lyrics, excellent melodies and most important - that music has a soul!

It is always a signature of great musicians - even using modern devices and some modern sounds, it is John Cale album. And another great name there - Brian Eno - is very important. One of ambient grand, he uses all synth possibilities as only great musicians can do it - very tastefully, more as painting with watercolours, than filling the air with unacceptable noise.

As a result, we have great album of modern music: placed somewhere between pop- art rock, it is accessible for many listeners, but because of it's high esthetical standard for sure is much more important, than just another pop-rock album. Music in general is very intelligent and tasteful ( often remind me David Bowie works), artsy enough to be attractive for many art-rock lovers.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Remarkeable release from John Cale. Smattered with drones, hypnotic loops, rich vocals and satirical lyrics, Cale continues to emphasize the need for homo sapiens to stand up and be counted. Hence " Hobo Sapiens". " Zen" is the perfect example of lyrics hitting the listener well below the belt, dreamy keyboards and a great beat. Message despatched." Reading My Mind" returns to the more early Eno/Roxy Music influences. Did they ever leave. Nice upbeat mood to it. " Things" has some lovely accoustic guitar and one can't help toe tapping throughout the song, satire all the way." Look Horizon" brings the listener back to earth with some melancholic strings and sombre vocals from Cale. " Caravan" builds superbly to six minutes of bliss, sounding almost Floyd like with it's spacey dronings." Over Her Head" seems to be quite personal as the songs plays out the end of the album with lyrics like..." Like the pigeons in the yard, she is getting fat on starch....." Over her head indeed! Musically this is a great work from John Cale. It has a few low points like " Twilight Zone" and " Things X" but these are neglible taking the album as a whole. Four stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars John Cale is a f**king elitist. He did not like the people he was playing for. He's Welsh, and they're all nasty bastards (Nat Finkelstein) Notwithstanding the repugnant racist bile of a bitchy little fag photographer poisoned by the pollutants from Andy Warhol's Junkie Factory, the tracers of ... (read more)

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