critical reading for the rude

cale ugly

John Cale’s going through something weird again.  He’s flirting with ugly, but can’t get it quite right now; follow me.  He gets it “raw” well enough, and Black Acetate said it about as best as could be said: the old guy can rock.  But he’ll never get it as ugly as he got it on Fear, and he’s gotta know it.  John Cale is not Tom Waits.  John Cale has different strengths.  John Cale can talk out the side of his mouth better than Waits can make ugly into interesting.  But this is apple/oranges business.  John Cale, listen: What was it Don B said about the real challenge was to write a really bad sentence?


May 30, 2007 - Posted by | music

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