Beautiful work from John Cale – proof that in his years after The Velvet Underground, he was one hell of a talented solo act! The songs are all wonderfully written, and supported by orchestrations that are light, but which bring some overall depth to the record – a sense of class, but not in a too-slick studio-heavy way – more in the mode of some of the work coming out of the UK at the tail end of the 60s – particularly on Island Records. Although Cale's vocal approach here (and elsewhere) is often somewhat flat, that quality is also one of the most compelling aspects of the record – as it creates a tension with the warmer orchestrations, and a dark undercurrent that's totally great – a bit like some of Brian Eno's first few vocal albums, but more tuneful overall. Titles include "Hanky Panky Nohow", "Andalucia", "Paris 1919", "Graham Greene", "Half Past France", "Antartica Starts Here", and "Macbeth". (White label promo – with insert! Cover has a promo sticker and light wear. Spine has a bit of clear tape.) © 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.