John Cale - Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

John Cale - Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Rank: #436 / 759
USER SCORE
78
Based on
2 ratings

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85
The 405
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
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
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
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
Drowned in Sound

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

60
NME
NME

For five songs, it’s the best album ever, rattling along on post-punk guitar flourishes and Cale’s auto-tuned vocal. After that it descends into an enjoyable weirdathon.

60
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

The songwriting is meandering and vague, feeling less written than whittled out of an arsenal of studio tricks.

50
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

All of its 12 tracks are reckless trials in largely unrelated genres, and most end up errors.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 2, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Domino
GENRE: Art Rock, Singer-Songwriter
WEBSITE: john-cale.com
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Track List
  1. I Wanna Talk 2 U 
  2. Scotland Yard 
  3. Hemmingway 
  4. Face To The Sky 
  5. Nookie Wood 
  6. December Rain 
  7. Mary 
  8. Vampire Cafe 
  9. Mothra 
  10. Living With You 
  11. Midnight Feast 
  12. Sandman (Flying Dutchman)
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Added on: October 2, 2012