Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

by John Cale
     
 

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Released in 2011, the Extra Playful EP, John Cale's first set of new material in six years, found the roguish ex-Velvet Underground legend revisiting some of the more idiosyncratic aspects of his early solo career, which should come as no surprise since he had spent the year prior performing his 1973 chamber pop masterpiece, Paris

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Released in 2011, the Extra Playful EP, John Cale's first set of new material in six years, found the roguish ex-Velvet Underground legend revisiting some of the more idiosyncratic aspects of his early solo career, which should come as no surprise since he had spent the year prior performing his 1973 chamber pop masterpiece, Paris 1919, in its entirety. Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood, his first full-length outing since Black Acetate, continues in that same vein, mining the oddball, genre-be-damned approach that dominated his immediate post-Velvets output, while maintaining the austere, experimental art rock demeanor that informed much of his later work. Silly, savage, and willfully schizophrenic, Nookie Wood is at its best when its creator is channeling his more pastoral works, as is the case with the gorgeous "Living with You," his best love song since "I Keep a Close Watch," and the transcendental closer "Sandman (Flying Dutchman)." Much like David Bowie adopting jungle and techno on 1997's Earthling, Cale spends a great deal of the album attempting to integrate elements of electro-pop into his wheelhouse, even tapping the talents of Danger Mouse for the funky and paranoid opener "I Wanna Talk 2 U." The propulsive "Scotland Yard" blends the unhinged gait of 1974's "Gun" with the icy atmospherics of Tubeway Army's "Are 'Friends' Electric?," and the effect feels brisk and authentic, lending a chrome, retro-'70s, Berlin-era swagger to the proceedings that pairs nicely with Cale's enigmatic lyrics and smoky baritone.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
Label:
Domino
UPC:
0801396604724
catalogNumber:
6047
Rank:
106797

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Performance Credits

John Cale   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Viola,Vocals,Noise,Electric Viola
Erik Sanko   Bass
Dustin Boyer   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Noise,wah wah guitar,Tambo Drums
Danger Mouse   Synthesizer,Bass
Eden Cale   Background Vocals
Joey Maramba   Bass
Michael Jerome Moore   Percussion,Drums,Cajon

Technical Credits

John Cale   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Adam Moseley   Programming
Dustin Boyer   Engineer,Additional Production
Danger Mouse   Producer,drum programming
Nita Scott   Executive Producer
Brian Burton   Composer
Robin Lynn   Programming
Todd Monfalcone   Engineer
Kennie Takahashi   Engineer
Rob Carmichael Seen   Artwork

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