- Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

John Cale - Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
CRITIC SCORE
70
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Rank: #480 / 881
USER SCORE
75
Based on
3 ratings

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85
The 405

Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood is an LP which beats a new trail through dusty electronica, following faded footprints but twisting programmed drums and keys, rumbling bass, and Cale's unmistakable aged-to-perfection vocal chords, into new and interesting shapes

80
Under The Radar

New Adventures in Nookie Wood is brimming with ideas, and the album's chopped-up, heavy aesthetic knits them together in a way that means that not one ever feels misdirected.

80
PopMatters

Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood achieves a balance between uncompromising, avant-garde sound experimentation and pure melodic beauty that is among the most seamless and convincing you will hear all year.

75
A.V. Club

It’s always a thrill to hear Cale pick up pop music and give it a hug, as he does with awkward, abstract glee on Nookie Wood—even if he breaks a few of its bones in the process.

70
Drowned in Sound

Always expressive, tender and wry where needed, it’s a constant delight even when the tunes themselves feel slightly lacking.

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Added on: October 2, 2012