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An interesting move here from John Cale, who is simultaneously re-releasing his 1982 album Music For A New Society and producing a wholly new version, M:FANS. This vinyl release of the original album includes an additional 3 bonus tracks that were previously unreleased. LP with download code on Domino.


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Music For A New Society by John Cale
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 19 January 2016
I’m the sort of idiot who thinks that ‘Paris 1919’ was the only good moment of John Cale’s solo career. I know what will happen  - he’ll die and I’ll realise I’ve neglected most of his best work.   ‘Music For A New Society’ is no 'Paris 1919' but it’s as sweet as I’ve heard Cale. He sings real nice over a mixture of keyboards and guitars or on ’Thoughtless Kind’ merely acapella over a repetitive beat and some strange synth sounds before a melody creeps in. He’s a clever man and this is clever stuff. Not only is it clever but it is affecting. ‘If You Were Still Around’ is a particular tear jerker. Over a fugue-like organ Cale’s voice cracks as he promises to hold the missing person in question and Cale’s hint of Welsh valleys accent just adds to the air of melancholy. ‘Close Watch’ is like Elton John if he were good  - a soaring melancholy ballad  - the odd over-twinkle (Cale is a ‘musician’ after all) but this is gorgeous. The production touches are unusual throughout, and he steers safely away from cheese.   The album is sparse and naked and when he gets the acoustic guitar and viola out on ‘Chinese Envoy’ completely breathtaking. The closer ‘Rise, Sam and Rimsky Korsakov’ is an experimental and wild and almost unlistenable thing  - contrasting completely with the beauty elsewhere. Comes with bonus tracks and stuff.  

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