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J.J. Cale: Guitar Man (Virgin/Delabel)

Andy Gill, MOJO, June 1996

THERE'S SOMETHING IMMENSELY comforting about Cale's stubbly resistance to musical fashions, and that warmth spreads easily through this album, which has the same intimate feel, the same preference for mid-tempo jogging shuffles, the same imperviousness to PC attitudes, and the same laid-back, lazy simplicity – achieved, of course, by diligent application of the latest technology – as any of his previous releases. Not to mention the same type of so-dull-it's-barely-worth-bothering title.

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