Saturday, February 18, 2006

John Cale again?

What's this? Another John Cale album? That's what I thought when I saw "Black Acetate" in of all places the music store at the Gilroy outlet mall. It took him almost a decade to come out with "Hobo Sapiens", then in only a year or two this thing appears. I was suspicious, but the reviews were all pretty good.

It's hard to assess the album since it's still slowly growing on me, but my initial response is not bad, but not on par with "Hobo". "Acetate" seems more uneven. "Hobo" is uneven, but evenly uneven. On the new record, the track "Woman" sticks out as the best toward the end of the album. "Wasteland", the track after that, is also good. But I've had this CD for a month and I'm still digesting it -- a strange phenomenon, and not necessarily a good one.

When Mr. Gazpachot said he saw Mr. Cale perform at Amoeba in L.A., I bet he (Mr. Cale) was promoting this newer collection of strange songs.


At 11:13 PM, Blogger Pablo Gazpachot said...

Well actually, he was promoting both albums. He just told the crowd to forget about the velvet underground and listen to what he was working on now, which I thought was entirely fair. I mean I really do feel bad for these guys like Leonard Nimoy who have to be Spock for the rest of their natural lives, even though it happened 40 years ago. I mean I can't remember what happened yesterday, let alone 40 years ago. In short, go John Cale! Go Leonard Nimoy! Go everybody!


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