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John Cale: Slow Dazzle (Island ILPS 9317)

Sam Sutherland, Phonograph Record, September 1975

EACH NEW instalment in John Cale's quixotic solo career has invited the sort of critical involvement and public indifference that have earmarked him as a classic cult figure. His anomalous credentials as musician and composer, and prevailing appetite for a taut and impressionistic vein of surrealism — both indications that Cale's inheritance is European and academic, rather than American and vernacular — have proved irresistible to the absorbed listener. His thorough eclecticism, frail voice and droll, cryptic persona have been equally forbidding to a broader audience.

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