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Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood

John Cale - Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #480 / 955
User Score
Based on 5 ratings
October 2, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
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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

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.


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.

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.

Drowned in Sound

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


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.


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

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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