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Album: John Cale, Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood (Double Six)


It would be unforgivably patronising to say that a lifelong avant-gardiste such as Cale is "experimenting" by incorporating into his work the relatively commonplace studio tricks of modern pop.

 Nevertheless, it's pleasingly incongruous to hear him sounding like an autotuned Ian Curtis on Danger Mouse collaboration "I Wanna Talk 2 U", just one highlight of an album which manages to be sonically inventive, dense and complex and melodically accessible.