M:FANS

John Cale - M:FANS
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #279 / 760
User Score
Based on 17 ratings
January 22, 2016 / Release Date
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Double Six, Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters
In the hands of a lesser artist, these reinterpretations of classic songs would feel little more than a cheap cash-in, lacking any sort of artistic merit and integrity. But in Cale’s hands, the music remains just as vital as before, updated for a modern audience while providing a definite point of reference.
80
musicOMH
It could so easily have been an ill-fitting coat worn loose on the shoulders of the original’s stark beauty. But these slabs of noise, where Cale picks at the wires like a scab, scarring and slashing old canvases to remake the old, add to rather than re-hash his legacy.
80
Loud and Quiet
‘M:FANS’ doesn’t exactly make its parent album an easier listen, but it allows Cale to offer a fascinating new perspective on his darkest work.
80
Under The Radar

Music for a New Society was characterised by its sparseness and the space between its sounds. M:FANS fills them completely and yet retains the sense of dark weirdness; it is a completely different album that conveys the same disturbing, disturbed atmosphere.

80
The Line of Best Fit

M:FANS is certainly a fair deal more interesting than yet another note-for-note trek down memory lane.

80
AllMusic

If M:FANS represents a world that is colder and less forgiving than the time and place that spawned Music for a New Society, it also confirms that Cale is still a strong and vital artist, and one capable of offering two very different sets of perspectives on these songs that are both bold and compelling listening.

70
Rolling Stone

The palette of the acronymic M:FANS, issued with a handsomely remastered version of the original Music For A New Society, is largely electronic, the sound of a septuagenarian composer and rock dude using the past as a bridge to the present.

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37
This album songs, but 'Close Watch' is one of the greatest songs of the year. Bye!
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#61/Uncut
#92/The Quietus

Track List

Disc 1

  1. Taking Your Life In Your Hands
  2. Thoughtless Kind
  3. Sanctus (Sanities)
  4. If You Were Still Around
  5. Close Watch
  6. Broken Bird
  7. Chinese Envoy
  8. Changes Made
  9. Damn Life
  10. Risé, Sam and Rimsky Korsakov
  11. Library of Force
  12. Chinese Envoy (Outtakes)
  13. Thoughtless Kind (Outtakes)

Disc 2

  1. Prelude
  2. If You Were Still Around
  3. Taking Your Life In Your Hands
  4. Thoughtless Kind
  5. Sanctus (Sanities Mix)
  6. Broken Bird
  7. Chinese Envoy
  8. Changes Made
  9. Library of Force (Feat. Man In the Book Excerpt)
  10. Close Watch
  11. If You Were Still Around (Choir Reprise)
  12. Back To the End
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