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John Cale: Music For A New Society (Island)

Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 18 September 1982

A STRONGER, loving world... The fulcrum of John Cale's work is its granite paradox, a loathsome ugliness garbed in the colours of rhapsody. Cale's abiding passion for Brian Wilson's music and his unwillingness to abandon his classical leanings make his recordings things of beauty – but beauty bloodied by arbitrary terrors, old guerilla violence, insanities.

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