The brain behind Velvet. Brilliant guy.
One of John Cale's very finest solo efforts, Paris 1919 is also among his most accessible records, one which grows in depth and resonance with each successive listen. A consciously literary work -- the songs even bear titles like "Child's Christmas in Wales," "Macbeth," and "Graham Greene" -- Paris 1919 is close in spirit to a collection of short stories; the songs are richly poetic, enigmatic period pieces strongly evocative of their time and place. Chris Thomas' production is appropriately lush and sweeping, with many tracks set to orchestral accompaniment; indeed, there's little here to suggest either Cale's noisy, abrasive past or the chaos about to resurface in his subsequent work -- for better or worse, his music never achieved a similar beauty again.
Goofy English shit. Fella sounds a bit like Ringo.
This is art.
I didn't have any witticisms or ironic comments come to mind while listening. I just rrally love this album now
I listened to this years ago but mostly knew it by reputation, which I can say is well-earned. There's some Velvet Underground in this record's DNA, but it's mostly a dramatic evolution, with orchestrations that compliment the songwriting. A few really excellent tracks, especially "Andalucia" and "Half Past France." Maybe not as enthusiastic a 5 as other records I've given that rating to, but it's more of a grower, which is fine.
Though this is not my personal favorite John Cale album (that would be "Fear"), I am going to give this a 5 because I'm pretty sure this will be John Cale's only solo appearance on the list. This is a beautiful album and I find his voice oddly comforting.
The music was strong. The instrumentation was expansive giving the album a symphonic feel. There was also a strong sense of melody and whimsy. I only know John Cale through his work his work with the Velvet Underground but though this was very different, this art pop stands very well on its own.
Another day, and another randomly generated album selected for me from the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Todays selection is an album titled Paris 1919 by former Velvet Underground band member John Cale. I’m going to cut to the chase. After having this album in my possession for 24 hours, while being obviously well produced, written, engineered and performed, its mostly forgettable to me, but not completely. There are two extremely good songs on Paris 1919 and I’ll focus on those. This is just my honest opinion. Child’s Christmas in Wales, the album opener, is very warm and welcoming, if it was meant to set the tone for the rest of the experience, it failed. Most following tracks are, to me personally, too slow and sappy. I don’t mind slow and sappy at all, just make it catchy and memorable. As I drudged through about fifty percent of Paris 1919, I was smacked right in the face with the epic title track, Paris 1919. The deep bass of the strings are all it took to hook me. The horns closely following reeled me in closer. I have no idea what this song is about lyrically, seems based on historic events of countries I’ve never visited. Paris maybe? When John Cole sings “you’re a ghost la la - la la la la la” I get a little release of dopamine. So simple, yet so catchy especially in his cadence. Other notable songs are Graham Greene, Half Past France and Antartica Starts here. I totally don’t know what they are about but they sound nice. While the overall production of Paris 1919 is obviously top tier, the only songs I would add to a playlist would be Childs Christmas In Wales and most definitely the title song, Paris 1919. Please share your thoughts, opinions and memories below!
Kind of sounds like a really good Ringo album
Cale > Reed :)
Paris 1919 - string accomp. as per Eleanor rigby
Loved it, dense and powerful orchestration, historical lyrical storytelling, nice arc to the album
I enjoyed this. A Child's Christmas in Whales and Antarctica Starts Here stand out. Artsy, innovative - doesn't always hit the mark for me but never boring. Good listen.
A playful and incredibly cordial flash of gallic beauty from a true artist. Cale has laundered the Velvet Underground from his system on this record and not so much recorded an album, but painted a musical picture. John Squire once recorded an album based around the paintings of Edward Hopper. It was a bold idea, more miss than hit, but a commendable effort. Paris 1919 seems to achieve Squire's aim almost accidentally. It's short, but any longer and it wouldn't have worked. This isn't something that takes you on a journey - plenty of records do - but instead it takes you out for coffee. If Dark Side Of The Moon, for example, whisks you away into the psychedelic catacombs of your mind, then Paris 1919 treats you to croissants in a delightful little cafe on the banks of the Seine under the romantic stewardship of the Eiffel Tower. C'est merveilleux.
It's fine. There's the odd moment here and there where it's bordering on good, but overall, it's fine, it's listenable, not horrible, not fabulous.
Not feeling this at all. No real good reason. Maybe I'm just not that into Avante Garde.
Paris 1919 by John Cale (1973) Of the three key members of The Velvet Underground (John Cale, Lou Reed, and Nico [1965-1967]), John Cale was the most inscrutable. But on the post-Underground album Paris 1919, John Cale approaches scrutability. If nothing else, the record demonstrated that he actually had musical talent, even if his lyrics remained on the obscure side. With an almost pop sound, utilizing sensible but creative melodies, and backed by the UCLA Symphony Orchestra, Paris 1919 is listenable, even if Cale’s voice leaves much to be desired (I’m being generous on that last bit). From the wacky faux-reggae “Graham Greene” to the almost folk rock anthem “Half Past France” to the delicately pretty and cool “Andalucia”, the musical chops are there, but they seem almost desperate to achieve meaning. The allusions to the overall theme of the album are oh so slight. It takes work to understand, and it’s not quite worth it. The album does prompt some historical reflection, which is a plus. The ‘Paris’ of Paris 1919 was of course the post-WWI Paris, recovering but victorious after the Triple Entente (Britain, France, and Russia) defeated the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy) and providing the setting for the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. The conference was marked by the victors’ idealism and hopefulness that sought an international path forward after the “war to end all wars”. Sadly (and due in no small part to the arrogant and vain naïveté of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson), the resulting Treaty of Versailles would be a colossal failure, ensuring the rise of German nationalism and the horrors of WWII just 20 years later. Cale’s lyrics on the title track “Paris 1919” make reference to this ephemeral buoyancy, but they remain indeterminate, so they represent a missed opportunity. But the music captures the mood—the foolishness of those who put bright heads together confident of securing the avoidance of war. As the wise man said, “When will they ever learn?” (Pete Seeger/Joe Hickerson, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” [1955/1960]) An even wiser man said (in 1950), “No one has yet explained how war prevents war. Nor has anyone been able to explain away the fact that war begets the conditions that beget further war.” That ‘even wiser man’ was the American Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. He should know. 2/5
this is boring and I can't understand what he is singing.
Another one I just didn't get on with. Shame, I like Velvet Underground too.
One of my favourite albums.
Another absolute masterpiece. This has been a good run of albums
Honestly one of my favourite ever albums. I always think of it as underrated so I was pleasantly surprised it made the list. It's a shame he never went back to this style with his later more experimental stuff
Never heard this before.... unusual but at the same time catchy!
Nice smooth like it
Loved this album. I have never heard any of these songs before. Had a great band and vocals. I would buy this album.
Very relaxing! I enjoyed it.
A pretty fun pop album, it really grew on me after a second listen.
Weirdly good and it led to a few other great songs
Macbeth can do one but it's a solid 4 from me.
Had never heard of him before. Pleasant
Child's Christmas In Wales: interessante, come primo impatto m'ha fatto molto anni '70 ma non in modo negativo. L'arrangiamento mi è piaciuto e il pezzetto col tempo dispari m'ha un po' conquistato. Hanky Panky Nohow: Wtf?? Parte come un pezzo un po' folkeggiante anni 70 ma il testo è totalmente fuori di testa. Il "ritornello" m'è piaciuto e trovo molto azzeccata la durata del brano che più lungo avrebbe perso d'impatto. "There's a law for everything And for Elephants that sing to keep The cows that agriculture won't allow". Ok..? The Endless Plain Of Fortune: Ammazza figo questo, l'orchestrazione m'è piaciuta un sacco. Parte un po' modaiolo anni 70 e invece quando iniziano ad entrare gli ottoni e gli archi diventa un pezzo totalmente diverso da quello che me aspettavo. Bello! Andalucia: L'ho dovuta sentì 3 volte perché non riusciva a catturarmi in nessun modo. Forse bisognerebbe sentì il testo che non ho sentito bene, però m'è sembrato un pezzo folk ballad tipico dell'epoca senza particolari pregi. Machbeth: Figa, l'influenza un po' country rock m'è piaciuta. Non è niente di super originale ma pure la transizione strana in quella sorta di bridge m'è piaciuta. Sta pure nel punto giusto dell'album. Paris 1919: Ho visto che è la title track e che è la più ascoltata quindi ero un po' prevenuto, però invece m'è piaciuta. Orecchiabile ma comunque con elementi stilosi e il bridge orchestrato con gli uccellini e il cambio d'atmosfera l'ho trovato geniale. Graham Greene: Carino il piano scordato però non m'ha detto molto. Half Past France: Niente di sconvolgente e forse un po' più legato agli anni, però m'è piaciuto. Antarctica Starts Here: Nonostante il Rhodes per come è suonato fa un po' David Bowie (e quindi buuu), comunque l'ho trovato un pezzo molto poco anni '70 e pure originale. Forse avrei voluto che ci fosse un po' di più di questo spirito pure negli altri pezzi. Complessivamente: Molto interessante, figlio dei suoi tempi da una parte ma anche con una visione artistica che secondo me regge ancora oggi e c'ha ancora qualcosa da dì. Secondo me se sente che s'è trattenuto un po' e voleva fa un disco più vendibile (tipo appunto considerando i pezzi più sbroccati) ma comunque se sente che c'è una mano esperta sia a livello compositivo che di arrangiamento. Probabilmente ci vorrebbe più di un ascolto e penso che qui i testi siano abbastanza importanti ma non ho prestato sempre attenzione. Quando l'ho fatto però c'erano sempre frasi abbastanza surreali che mi sembravano aggiungere all'atmosfera del pezzo/disco.
Fantastic album, you can see why he went on to do soundtracks etc. Loved the variation of it. Favourites were Hanky Panky Nohow (best song title ever), The Endless Plain of Fortune, Macbeth and Paris 1919. Some really inspiring stuff in there. Highlight was the strings.
Con John Cale è stato subito amore (cuoricino su spotify per Child's Christmas in Wales). Mi ha trasmesso naturalezza e semplicità ma a tratti anche nostalgia (de che? boh!). Ha i suoi momenti geniali sia come testi sia come musica. Machbeth ha un po' interrotto la magia e ci sono rimasto un po' male, ma John Cale è tipo un di quelle persone che ti piacciono a prescindere. Non arriverebbe a 4 (3.75), ma mi ha fatto sentire meglio. Glielo devo. 4
Second half very good. Very weird
This is a fascinating album that I have never heard before. This is one of those albums that you just need to sit down and enjoy in its entirety. Will definitely put this into rotation. Favorite Tracks: "Paris 1919" "Child's Christmas in Wales"
Excellent baroque pop.
fun! upbeat! poppy! everything i want in a good daytime music working cd.
If there’s one thing I can always rely on, it’s for John Cale to confound me a little with his music, but I love it. His music can be a bit of a rough listen for some because of his avant-garde sensibility. But this album is probably one of his most accessible and most enjoyable to listen to. The songs are a pleasant listen, with a hint of a pop vibe. Several reviewers compared Cale to Ringo Starr which at first annoyed me, but I can hear it, particularly in the piano. They also have similar vocal ranges, but that’s about it. What Cale is up to is a bit more left field, to put it mildly. There are some stunningly pretty songs on here, mostly with simple but elegant arrangements. In contrast, the kicky rocker “Macbeth” is kind of ridiculous, especially followed up with the masterful “Paris 1919.” It’s a tonal shift that will break your brain on some level. I like to think Cale had a good laugh over it. Speaking of “Paris 1919,” it’s a singularly lovely confection of a song, the best track on the album. I would have loved a whole album of songs in this vein. The lyrics on “Paris 1919” are also quite clever but won’t mean much to a casual listener. As with a number of songs on the album, the lyrics are peppered with historical and cultural references that tend toward the obscure. Cale is not known for his vocal talents, but something in his delivery is enjoyable to me. It's slightly off-kilter and wavering, but conveys a certain pathos that works really effectively with his musical style. Richie Unterberger describes it as a “lilting if thin Welsh burr,” which is about as perfect a description of Cale’s vocal style as I have ever seen. Combined with his beautiful arrangements, that wonderful viola, and a little warmth courtesy of Lowell George’s guitar work, you have a really unique collection of songs here. It may take multiple listens to connect with it, but it’s worth it. Fave Songs: Paris 1919, The Endless Plain of Fortune, Child's Christmas in Wales, Andalucia, Half Past France
Quite pleasant, not sure if I'd put it on again any time soon but wouldn't mind listening again.
I liked this. Stunning instrumentation. And introspective quirky song styles.
I braced myself for the electric viola and was pleasantly surprised. Best track: Half Past France
nostalgic yet hopeful 70s road trip montage music through Europe. Try not to fall over during the first 7 seconds of the opener!
Interesting to hear this one so close to Lou Reed's "Transformer": two former Velvets a few years on, taking the reins of their solo careers and moving in very different directions. Where Reed chased Bowie's glam-rock sounds, Cale (VU's "lunatic" according to drummer Maureen Tucker) also went commercial with a lush, sophisticated half-hour of orchestral pop. "Paris 1919" is a regal, stately album: full of bombast, intricate orchestral arrangements, classical influence and overt allusions to writers from Dylan Thomas to Shakespeare to Graham Greene. It puts its cards immediately on the table and rarely lets go of its dense arrangements and orchestra, used to greatest effect in the stunning title track. The biggest shock is perhaps the most conventional song, rocker "Macbeth". Upbeat, riotous and bringing drums and electric guitar to the fore, it sounds like it belongs on a different album... in the end, it's just another mesmerising trick in Cale's box. "Macbeth" and "Paris 1919" both add to my main take-away of this album: underneath all the sonic ambition, there are some real pop gems here. My favourites boast truly aching melodies: "Andalucia" is a straightforward three-chord folk song that could work as a stripped back, acoustic-guitar-only ballad. "Half Past France" is another winner, its wistful melody surrendering to floods of organ and reverb. Things end on an oblique, mysterious note with "Antarctica Starts Here". If anything lets the album down, it's "Hanky Panky Nohow" and "Endless Plain of Fortune", which don't reach the same heights of the other ballads here- maybe on account of feeling overbaked, over-orchestrated? It's a tricky line to walk. This is nitpicking though- on the whole, this is definitely one of my favourite new albums I've been introduced to on the list and will be added to regular rotation.
Fun stuff, very eclectic but good pop sensibilities throughout. Not sure about the cod reggae track, though.
John Cale, the founder of Velvet Underground, doing a collection of fun catchy pop songs. Nothing out of place. The majority being baroque pop, one of my favorite genres (especially from that era) with a heavy wall of sound, incorporating strings like an orchestra. Different styles here and there like the bluegrass "Macbeth" or psychedelic folk "Hanky Panky Nohow" that never test the boundaries of our comfort zone. Beautiful writing reminiscent of 19th to early-20th century literature. He gets pretty artsy at times, most dramatically in the bridge title track, which draws your attention while still being pleasing and accessible. Has a very British sound, with vocals and writing reminding me of the mods, especially the Kinks. Closer is a satisfying exit. Length and pacing are just right. Favorites: The Endless Plain of Fortune, Andalucia, Paris 1919
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Weirdness all round. First, because it sounds a few years out of date, belonging more to late sixties psychedelic orchestral pop. Also, the topics explored make it an album you'd want to have Wikipedia at your side to make sure you get all the references. Picking Lowell George as the guitar player is a shocker since Little Feat (and all the other artists that George accompanied) are the exact opposite of this stuff. That said, I kind of liked it. It's good that there was a time when a record like this, hard to define and out of place, could get released by a major label.
That was surprisingly good. It does beg the question as to why Reed was the lead singer of the Velvet Underground. Because Cale can sing. In tune, even.
This was a welcome surprise. Paris 1919 couldn't be more far removed from the Velvets. It's an uplifting pop album with a wonderful warm and homely production. Not exactly an album in which to take Class A drugs to. I'm never really a fan of concept albums. They require too much investment for a narrative that probably doesn't interest you. But a pop album about the Paris Communes worked well for me.
Been waiting for this one too Love Paris 1919 4 or 5 definitely Not perfect at least 4
Альбом понравился, прослушан был стремительно быстро. Но оказался добротным.
Not to bad solid 3/5
Its like a stepping stome album. The ideas are there but the execution can be just avg. long way to go, but explains why theres a long long catalog in their solo career. So it reassures me that maybe they go forward in experimenting with this folk-classical sound. its very gay and i love it and im here for it. just execute better, show me your glittered face not just the glistening hair
Musique de fond agréable mais assez quelconque
Fine to have in the background
Interesting sound, not sure if I have an adequate comparison.
not bad. some great songs
Buenas letras en general y no sé muy bien si lo que escucho es rock o pop o ambas, ya en rock-pop. Pienso que es un álbum al que quizá no volvería, pero sí a algunas canciones, hacia el final me gustó bastante: "Half Past France" y "Antarctica Starts Here" son como lo que más me emocioné, junto con "Macbeth". La canción titular igual está buena, tiene de repente esa instrumentalización muy de soundtrack. En fin, no sé si lo que diga sea una tontería, pero de pronto me recordaba leve a los Beatles, de pronto a Bowie, algo así. 7/10
Eléctrico a ratos. Buena voz
A good album, but not awesome
Andalucia? Velvet, interesante
Sinceramente me dio un poco de hueva la mayor parte del disco. Me pareció también un poco familiar como si ya hubiera escuchado una que otra, dejá vù. Canción favorita: MacBeth, porque me suena elvisiana.
liked this. Sort of eccentric english folksy sound that just breezes by. 6/10
Pretty mellow, but still quite enjoyable. 1RS
Some good stuff. The production seemed dated to me.
NEW! Orchestral rock/pop. Best Tracks: A Child's Christmas In Wales, Macbeth, Graham Greene
I don't know. This was quite fun. I had no idea what to expect and listened to it a few times. Intriguing.
70's pop sounds a lot different from today, but that doesn't mean it's bad! John Cale created an awesome album by using so many sounds in his music, that it sounds like it was instead produced by an orchestra.
This was a pretty great album, the songwriting is meaningful and the instrumentals are great, the vocals on some songs though are really not fun to listen to and can get annoying.
Best Tracks: Child's Christmas in Wales, The Endless Plain of Fortune, Paris 1919, Half Past France
Qua il rischio polpo era dietro l'angolo ed a tratti ce n'erano di polpette però alla fine l'album è stato gradevole. Alla fine del disco ti resta la voglia di risentirlo
The second half is amazing.
Startet ruhig mit klassischem Rock im Klang der 60-70 Jahre, um dann über rock'n roll in etwas düstere ecperimentellere Töne zu gehen.
Paris 1919 is a banger. Mixing also super good on album.
pleasantly surprised with this one :) thoughtful and smooth
Hanky Panky Nohow?! masterpiece haha. This is actually a very pleasant listen while working
Never heard this before it super interesting and i read his most accessible album, even then i'm not sure its super accessible... Hanlpanky nohow has his velvets drone and mabeth has a pretty distinctive stomp on it that might bridge the velvets and glam.. dunno. The title track is really distinctive and i think loads of people have listened to it, im thinking of a blur song but i cant quite remember it, it also feels like crosby stills nash and young a bit.. His voice is a lot thinner than i remembered and pretty haunting.. Im gonna spend more time listening to this...
Interesting aberration in his catalogue (of which I have limited knowledge)- I wasn't familiar with this one and while I appreciate it I don't think I would ever come back to it to listen to.
Interesting, and seems like it deserves another listen.
A bit sing-songy
I much prefer John Cale in The Velvet Underground, nothing blew me away here.
Nothing special really
Indifferent, to be honest. Quite excited to *rediscover* Chris Thomas, though. Had no idea that he produced songs on the White Album, for instance. Sounds like quite an affable chap. (I suppose one would have to be to work with Pink Floyd. Writs and all that.)
only really know cale from VU where he wrote some of my favorite stuff. this isn't what i expected but i thought it was somewhat rad for a rich guy light rock album
Didn't vibe with it but also it didn't put me off it was just kinda there.
Very easy listening, kind of meloncholy 70s piano rock. A bit sappy and slow for me. Was a very average listen, just sounds like a lot of other musicians I've heard before.
QUITE cool 3.7
Ja, dit vond best aardig. Relaxte muziek.
The first 4 songs are quite slow and don't do anything for me. Macbeth sounds good, and Paris 1919 is excellent. The last couple of songs are also pretty decent. Overall I would probably not put on the whole album again, but I'll definitely listen to selected songs in the future.
I love The Velvet Underground but never listened to a John Cale album. The reason: John Cale had a great musical mind, but the times when he provided his vocals to the band were pretty god awful. That's pretty much what happened here. The music is pretty cool for the most part. The opening song had my attention but Cale is just not a vocalist that I enjoy. The vocals just bring down the overall quality of the songs. I would consider listening to this again someday. I think it could maybe grow on me
Kolejne nowosci, ale od postaci ktora zdarzylo mi sie slyszec, nawet nie wiedzac tego, bo pan Cale byl founderowym memberem velvetowych undergroundow, gdzie byl glownym multinstrumentalista bandy z dowych pierwszych krazkow, a dodatkowo nawet kilka wokalow jest jego, gral od klawiszy przez elektryczne altowki po basy, tak samo na tym materiale tworzy na kilku instrumentach, gatunkowo jest to ambitna muzyka popowa, ktora romansuje z klimatami muzyki kasycznej i rocka starajac sie jakos sprzedac taki blend, juz z samej okladki widac, ze jest to odsluch dla gentelmanowego sluchacza, tytul paris 1919 nawiazuje do konferencji ktora zrodzila traktat wersalski, co slychac na calym krazku, ktory luzno porusza tematy okolo europejskie XX wieku z perspektywy wyspiarza, jest to ciekawy pomysl na koncept, ale nie dla polaka robaka to, nie jestem w stanie wczuc sie w niego i brzmi on dosc bezpluciwo, jest to dosyc krotka plyta, bo zamyka sie w 31 minutach i 9 trakach, jak na album z 73 to trzyma sie dobrze, pewnie dlatego, ze pomimo tego, ze muzycznie sporo sie dzieje, orkiestrowe smyczki, gitary elektryczne akustyczne, czy nawet tamburyniarze, to pan Cale sie w tym nie gubi i jest glownym bohaterem krazka, a z tak powszednio brzmiacym wokalem jest to osiagniecie, o ile nie ma tutaj jakis miejsc ktore wyjatkowo mi zapadna w pamiec, to jednak calosc byla rowna, wiec przesluchanie calego krazka wchodzi dobrze, na plejke dodam trak tytulowy, zeby pamietac, ze taka plyta istnieje, bo pan Cale troche nagral tych studyjnych albumikow, wiec moze jeszcze jakies ciekawe rzeczy wykonceptowal, bo to jest jego trzecia z 16 plyt
Paris 1919 is good. everything else is meh
Interesting person. With a few more listens could enjoy more
Pretty good but nothing that knocked my socks off. Could see myself listening to it again.
Wasn't sure what I was expecting post Velvet Underground. Just a straight forward rock record.
John Cale's quiet, beautiful album. It is perhaps his most accessible album but for me lacks the magic of the other three albums of his that I am familiar with; Fear, Vintage Violence and Slow Dazzle. Admittedly I came to this album later than those others and maybe it hasn't had the time to make its way deeper into my soul but on the other hand it hasn't made me curious enough to allow it to. 3.5 🌟
Proof that John Cale was the Bernie Leadon of the band, mainly concerned with playing new or obscure instruments and lacking the charismatic vocals of his band mates, and ultimately leaves the band. But look: I love Bernie Leadon. I just think Lou Reed was right. Cale's ideas are out there.
Auf seltsame Weise schön. Nicht wirklich Pop, kein ungewaschener Songwriter oder schillernd glamouröser Crooner. „1919“ ist wohl schon 1973 etwas aus der Zeit gefallen. 3.4
Aggréablement surpris, je m'attendais pas à ce son. Quelques chansons un peu dull mais overall resepctable.
Very pretty chamber pop with erudite lyrics. A good surprise given Cale's Velvet Underground and avant-garde reputation. I'd guess that Divine Comedy knows this album well. Child's Christmas, Paris 1919 and Graham Greene were my favourites.
Lofi beats to study and relax to
Pretty mellow & groovy.
Very quirky rock album. Clearly influenced by old styles of music, as if this guy came from the Victorian era to make rock-pop. I like the departure from our usual fare, even if I didn't absolutely love the project. Definitely some cool tracks on here. Favorite tracks: Paris 1919, Hanky Panky Nohow, Half Past France. Album art: Very fitting, based on the garb this gent is wearing. The font is pretty cool too. 3/5
A fun album that felt like that time period.
I really want to like this album. Velvet Underground were the shit and Lou Reed's post VU was also great. While I'm not crazy about John Cale's voice, he did the seminal cover version of Cohen's Hallelujah including three verses that Leonard had sung live but had not released. As much as I want to like Paris 1919, I have a hard time saying this is much more than OK. Andalusia is a pretty song and the asskicking Rock and Roll song MacBeth is also good. (I guess this one needed to be the last song on the side since it is so explosively different from the rest of the songs.) I like the arrangement on the song Paris 1919 and if I could listen to it enough to figure out what his message is on the Treaty of Versailles, it might be top shelf. Ditto Child's Christmas in Wales if I could figure out what his message is on - Christmas? The lyrics are quite cryptic and if I listened to it more, I'm sure it would grow on me. But for now . . .
Surprisingly not too bad. Was expecting worse. Cover art worst ever
Un bon album priginal 3.75
1970s weirdness personified is John Cale.
Nice outfit! Album title and art are in perfect alignment. Diving straight into the music my first impression is lush beautiful arrangement, straight ahead tune. Easy to listen to. Second song, also lovely, calls to mind Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, another lovely song. The rest of the album unfurls from there with stately beauty. The title track is my favorite. This is a beautiful work. Stick a world class voice in there, someone with a strong clear tone, nothing too rich, with solid pitch, and you'd have a five star album. (Don't @ me, you know it's true).
Paris 1919 is a very poetic take on the pop genre, and thankfully had a reasonable runtime. With numerous pop-rock influences and countless literary and cultural references throughout it makes for a rich listen. Likely John Cale's most famous work "Paris 1919" he described it as "an example of the nicest ways of saying something ugly." Best: Paris 1919; Antarctica Starts Here Worst: Hanky Panky Nohow 2.5 Stars
I love the VU so predisposed to listen to this - and wasn't disappointed. I actually like his vocal style, and found all the tracks pretty interesting
This bores me. It's grand, but it bores me
A few interesting baroque pop songs, the rest was forgettable.
another mediocre album
Not his best work but I did D1Sc0VeR a new s0nG
Pretty good. Not groundbreaking, but I enjoyed it as chill morning music. One of those albums where I have nothing to say. It's always the ones where the cover is some guy looking at you. The ones where you think "Okay, i'll listen to this and I'll even probably enjoy it, but this isn't going to be the next Dark Side of the Moon". 3/5
Didn't really feel this one
This guy's voice is terrible. I hate this!
Not enjoying this. I’m pretty amazed this was considered good. The music is pretty ok but his voice is awful and lyrics are just dorky
With song titles like half past France and Antarctica starts here you’d think there’d be a lot more to exciting to listen to
Nah. I could see the appeal, but too much of it was just so wet.
Kinda nice. Some really good songs but most just muddle along.
A bit dull
This didn't do much for me. A little slow-paced at times and just meh at others.
Fine, if unspectacular
Love the bass on the opener. Annoyingly catchy chorus in Hanky Panky Nohow. Great orchestral arrangement in track 3. The bass has been very cool so far, as have the orchestral parts. The low volume marimba motif in Graham Greene is such a huge call. Not a huge fan of how the drums are mixed though, hi-hats hard panned to the right. Super listenable and with a fair few bold choices, just maybe not enough for me. Highlights were the bass on basically every track, all the orchestral stuff and any time the band got to play heavier rock stuff. But overall it kind of comes and goes without leaving too lasting an impression.
Not really a fan of this.
Meh, didn’t like much. Sorry, pretty sure this is a Velvet Underground Guy… got another one coming up…
It was fine. Good that it was actual songs. Just not my bag
Not for me...
Street struggling to remember it from Friday...
Not a big fan of this. It sounds like a demented children's album.
Pretty forgettable honestly
This guy reads books
The most three star album I've had on this. Two stars
This is aggressively ok
Boredom in a glass ready to be sipped like church cordial
Gezapig! Met als dieptepunt 'Hanky Panky Nohow'.
Voor iemand die in de Velvet Underground heeft gezeten vond ik dit nogal brave en zelfs enigszins slaapverwekkende muziek.
Kind of a James Taylor vibe, but not as good.
Cruise ship lower decks lounge music. At best.
Can't say I'm familiar with John Cale. This album is a real mixed bag. Macbeth and Paris 1919 are both great. But Hanky Panky Nohow is awful
Weird, John Cale's name came up yesterday. Can't remember why. This had some very nice orchestral chamber pop (is that the term?) moments. I think it's good, but for some reason it didn't truly grab me. Second listen was more enjoyable than the first and third... maybe it requires a specific mood? At the moment: 2.5
I can see the talent here, but this is just that bit pedestrian for my tastes.
Minus a song or two, this album was hot garbage.
I can appreciate that he's got good song-writing skills and has street cred being that he was one of the founders of the Velvet Underground, but this really did not resonate with me.
Nothing really there for me on this album. Middle ground 70s soft rock styles.
I was expecting to enjoy this more than I did. I mean the guy was in the Velvet Underground, after all. I could see (hear) that this hangs together neatly as a body of work, but none of the songs grabbed me much, or were familiar. I would have liked a bit more experimentation - this sounded like standard '70s rock ballad fare, to me, with none of the smarts that Cale’s playing for VU displayed. Black Angels Death Song this is not..
Je reconnais la qualité des orchestrations des chansons, mais celles-ci, en soi, m’ont paru étonnamment ennuyeuses.
A solid #2. Well, maybe not that solid, but it certainly is a #2.
Meh? Gets an extra star for the song names
Yea it was ok
Pretty dated sound. Was hoping for something a bit more experimental in line with the Velvet Underground.
Nie mój kawałek sera
ugh straight 70s generic, plus a song called 'hanky panky nohow'........... I'll pass
Can’t all be winners
Nah. No thanks. I was bored.
No joy here
Ja, ik ga het gewoon doen: "na 1 nummer begon het me al aardig de Cale uit te hangen" (sorry)
Absolutely not for me. The only song that was anywhere near good was "Paris 1919". "Hanky Panky Nohow" was basically unlistenable.
made it to andalucia, nope.
Not interesting at all, why was this on the list?
It’s ok I guess