Monday, January 25

Music for a New Society - John Cale (1982)

"The aural chaos and intense paranoia of John Cale's 'comeback' albums Sabotage/Live and Honi Soit seemingly left him with very few places left to go, short of setting back-issues of Soldier of Fortune to music. 1982's Music for a New Society was, from a musical standpoint, a remarkable about-face, sounding calm, spare, and spectral where his last few albums had been all rant and rage; the arrangements were dominated by Cale's open, languid keyboard patterns, and there was far more aural 'white space' in their framings than he had permitted himself since The Academy in Peril. ... Spare, understated, and perhaps a masterpiece."
The Quietus: John Cale, M:FANS/Music For A New Society
W - Music for a New Society
Q&A: John Cale On Memorializing Lou Reed & Re-Making Music For A New Society (Video)
John Cale Reworks Music for a New Society as M:FANS, Reissues Original Album
YouTube: Close Watch (Official Video), Close Watch, Back To The End (M:FANS), Thoughtless Kind (M:FANS), Prelude (M:FANS)

2012 November: Songs for Drella - Lou Reed and John Cale