Walking on Locusts

Walking on Locusts

by John Cale
     
 
John Cale's first album of new songs in over a decade and his most accessible (nearly commercial!) album since Paris 1919, 1996's Walking On Locusts might take a couple of listens to sink in for those fans who prefer Cale's noisier work, but in its own low-key way, it's a satisfying listen. Indeed, the slick production actually works in the album's favor

Overview

John Cale's first album of new songs in over a decade and his most accessible (nearly commercial!) album since Paris 1919, 1996's Walking On Locusts might take a couple of listens to sink in for those fans who prefer Cale's noisier work, but in its own low-key way, it's a satisfying listen. Indeed, the slick production actually works in the album's favor; much as they do on Steely Dan's later albums, the slick surfaces only barely hide the dry humor and mordant sarcasm of Cale's lyrics, as on the hyperactive "Crazy Egypt" and the tart "Indistinct Notion of Cool." Sometimes, as on the single "Dancing Undercover" and "Secret Corrida," the faux-Latin rhythms and arrangements overpower the songs a bit, but those are more than compensated for by the graceful beauty of "Set Me Free" and "Some Friends," a tender eulogy for Sterling Morrison, Cale's partner in the Velvet Underground, who had died the year before. (Velvets drummer Maureen Tucker guests on that track and two others.) Dave Soldier of the playfully experimental Soldier String Quartet contributes string arrangements to most of the songs, which furthers the comparisons to Paris 1919 and Cale's other early '70s work. Walking On Locusts is not up to the standards of that classic period, of course, but it's certainly worlds better than the albums that came out before Cale's decade-plus retirement from pop, the uninvolving Artificial Intelligence and the abysmal Caribbean Sunset.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/1996
Label:
Hannibal Uk
UPC:
0031257139526
catalogNumber:
395
Rank:
291203

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Cale   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
David Byrne   Guitar
Maureen Tucker   Drums
Hassan Hakmoun   Clay Drums,Moroccan Drum
Tiye Giraud   Background Vocals
Ben Neill   Mutantrumpet
Napua Davoy   Background Vocals
Ben Perowsky   Drums
E.J. Rodriguez   Percussion,Conga
Erik Sanko   Bass Guitar
David Soldier   Violin
David Tronzo   Electric Guitar
Martha Mooke   Viola
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Dawn Buckholz   Cello
Mark Deffenbaugh   Guitar,Harmonica,Piccolo Guitar
Susan Didericksen   Background Vocals
Ibrahim Hakhmoun   Castanets,Drums
Daisy Lignelli   Background Vocals
Joanne O'Brien   Background Vocals
Eden Cale   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Cale   Vocal Arrangements
Maureen Tucker   Contributor
Hassan Hakmoun   Contributor
Ben Neill   Contributor
Martin Brass   Engineer
Patrick Derivaz   Engineer
Rich Lamb   Engineer
David Soldier   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Eric Liljestrand   Engineer
Jack Wall   Vocal Arrangements
Oliver Williams   Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement

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