INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES
Mojo DECEMBER 2005 - by John Bungey
JOHN CALE: WORDS FOR THE DYING
Former VU man's symphonic outing.
Here's an oddity. In the late '80s, deciding his rock career was going nowhere, John Cale wrote a suite of orchestral settings of poems by fellow Welshman Dylan Thomas. Orchestral albums by middle-aged rock stars dedicated to dead poets should normally be avoided plague-like but Cale, a one-time church organist with formal classical training, knows how to create resonant music full of charm and grace. If there's sometimes a problem, it's that Cale's singing of the poems can sound a little forced and unsure against the silken strings. Also included is the gently mesmeric The Soul Of Carmen Miranda, with synths a go-go from Brian Eno and a snatch of viola from Cale. A curio perhaps - received with bemusement back in 1989 - but a charming one.