John Cale - Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood
By Hayley Scott
It’s been forty-seven years since John Cale co-founded The Velvet Underground; forty seven years on and fifteen solo albums later, Cale has tried it all. It’s quite admirable, then, that Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood shows no jaded signs of apathy and is just as adventurous and diverse as all of his previous endeavours.
That’s not to say that this album is without its faults, however. As with any experimentalist, there’s always going to be room for failed attempts, and Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood has a seemingly trial-and-error approach. This is an album that is testimony to Cale’s avant-garde tendencies, and stays true to his adventurous ethos that was so pivotal in the spirit of the Velvet Underground; but it is also probably one of his most miscellaneous to date, with all 12 tracks being audacious trials in largely mismatched genres. … Continue Reading