Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood (LP)


John Cale

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Amoeba Review

Billy Gil 10/08/2012

Is this John Cale’s party record? That goofy album title and song titles like “I Wanna Talk 2 U” would seem to imply that, but despite the aforementioned song’s big drum beat, and the occasional autotune (!), Cale’s latest record is not an ill-fated attempt to party with the kids Skrillex style, but rather an excellent experimental pop record akin to the tasteful kind produced by men of a certain age who haven’t lost their hipness, like a Peter Gabriel or David Byrne. The skittering beat and deep bassline of a track like “Scotland Yard” make Shifty Adventure tough to place, sounding like a cleaned up industrial new wave, whereas a song like the throbbing and eerie “Nookie Wood” move more into David Bowie Berlin-trilogy territory. And it’s a kick to hear him singing with autotune about “Google getting on your nerves” on “December Rains,” which features the sort of spacey pop production of a band like Gorillaz. Not every track works, but Cale’s willingness to experiment and refusal to either rehash his past success or settle into stuffy aging songwriter territory makes Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood a weird, wild trip.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Wanna Talk 2 U
John Cale 03:33
2.
Scotland Yard
John Cale 05:00
3.
Hemmingway
John Cale 03:59


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Face To The Sky
John Cale 04:59
2.
Nookie Wood
John Cale 04:06
3.
December Rains
John Cale 04:42


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Mary
John Cale 05:40
2.
Vampire Cafe
John Cale 05:48
3.
Mothra
John Cale 03:31


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Living With You
John Cale 04:04
2.
Midnight Feast
John Cale 05:01
3.
Sandman (Flying Dutchman)
John Cale 03:43

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