150g Vinyl Cut at Mobile Fidelity by Krieg Wunderlich and
Pressed at RTI! Dead-Quiet Surfaces!
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In 1975, mad scientist and Velvet Underground alum John Cale returned to the lab
to record another experiment. Slow Dazzle, his fifth solo album and second
collaboration with Roxy Music's Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera, dissects rock and
avant-garde, hacks the limbs off of pop and jazz, and fuses the styles together
into a limber, impassioned creation.
Back on domestic vinyl for the first time in decades, this RTI-pressed edition
of Slow Dazzle is cut at Mobile Fidelity by in-house engineer Krieg Wunderlich
and features stunning sonics. Quiet surfaces, faithful artwork, and the
opportunity to hear Cale's incisive fare unfold amidst wide soundstages and
black backgrounds - not to mention the emotionally unsettling content within -
make this Wax Cathedral LP a must for music aficionados.
Sometimes jaunty and beer-soaked, sometimes maniacally spitting into the
microphone about killing his wife's lover, sometimes despairing, sometimes
sweet, Cale holds forth with schizophrenic authority. Manzanera's sordid guitar
dirges ambidextrously switch to cheerful riffs as Eno's synthesizer rubber-bands
its way through sunshine and smoke-machine fog. Chris Thomas, who recorded with
the Beatles and engineered albums for Pink Floyd and the Sex Pistols, throws
haunted violin and dissonant electric piano into the formula.
Whether he's heaping neon sleaze atop earnest surf harmonies in an ode to the
Beach Boys' Brian Wilson (''Mr. Wilson''), lulling you into a blurred,
easy-listening trance (''Ski Patrol,'' ''I'm Not the Loving Kind''), or growling
a pre-goth era cover of Elvis' ''Heartbreak Hotel'' with mascara-running
intensity, Cale delivers an elastic range of artistry. Ditties like ''Dirty Ass
Rock 'N' Roll'' and ''Guts'' place psychopath tendencies into the body of a
catchy pop song, turn up the electricity, twitch, and grab.
By all means, Cale's experiment was a success. Slow Dazzle is alive.
• 150g Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• Cut at Mobile Fidelity by engineer Krieg Wunderlich
1. Mr. Wilson
2. Taking It All Away
3. Dirtyass Rock 'N' Roll
4. Darling I Need You
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Ski Patrol
8. I'm Not The Loving Kind
10. The Jeweller