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3.17 | 11 ratings | 1 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Outta The Bag (3:54)
2. Foraride (3:56)
3. Brotherman (3:32)
4. Satisfied (3:54)
5. In A Flood (4:54)
6. Hush (3:26)
7. Gravel Drive (4:24)
8. Perfect (3:21)
9. Sold-Motel (4:53)
10. Woman (5:07)
11. Wasteland (4:11)
12. Turn The Lights On (3:47)
13. Mailman (The Lying Song) (4:05)

Total time 53:24

Line-up / Musicians

- John Cale / vocals, acoustic (11) & electric guitars, keyboards, drum programming (3,4,6,10,13), viola (4,6,13), piano (9,11,13), percussion (9), composer, arranger & co-producer

- David Levita / acoustic (11) & electric (1,2,4,7,8,12) guitars
- Mark Deffenbaugh / banjo & guitar (5), harmonica (11)
- Dustin Boyer / guitar & backing Vocals (9)
- John Krovoza / cello (11)
- Herb Graham, Jr. / bass, percussion, drums, keyboards (3,6,7,10), programming (1,4,10,11,13), co-producer
- Joseph Karnes / bass (9)
- Michael Jerome / drums & backing Vocals (9)
- Jaspr Baj / backing vocals (1,7,11)
- Musiic Galloway / backing vocals (1,6)
- Nailah Porter / backing vocals (1,6)

Releases information

Artwork: Rick Myers

CD EMI ‎- 339 1822 (2005, Europe)

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JOHN CALE Black Acetate ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (70%)
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Review by snobb
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3 stars Last to time (2009.12) John Cale studio album starts as rock'n'roll album. Rock'n'roll in a sense of post Velvets sound: acoustic guitars, raw and dirty music of post-punk era. But very soon music changes to more eclectic mixture: heavily based on acoustic guitar rhythms, album is full of vintage synth sounds and effects.

Some dark romantics is mixed with decadence psychedelic loops. All album is melodic, rock - fuelled, acoustic but synth scented, with some guitar solos, brewed in vintage rock-n-roll spirit. You can feel VU roots as well as characteristic Cale post-punk decadence atmosphere (read - Lou Reed or middle period David Bowie).

And if as often Cale aesthetic ( or better - anti aesthetic) is placed far from progressive music, as often again common techniques and atmosphere is some art-rock related.

This album, easy accessible one, isn't one of Cale experimental/minimalistic work he is known by in progressive circles. Only partially related with prog music, this album is still quite good listening for many fans.

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