Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood


Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Dec 5, 2012
    Silly, savage, and willfully schizophrenic, Nookie Wood is at its best when its creator is channeling his more pastoral works.
  2. 60
    This is far from conventional rock, but it's rock as viewed through Cale's dark shades and skewed outsider sensibility and as such, one of his more successful and consistent outings.
  3. Dec 5, 2012
    At times the effects are superb.... However, there are wobbles with the quality control.
  4. For five songs, it's the best album ever, rattling along on post-punk guitar flourishes and Cale's auto-tuned vocal. After that it descends into an enjoyable weirdathon.
  5. Dec 5, 2012
    Shifty Adventures feels more like a collection of gadgets than songs.
  6. 60
    His songs may reference antiquities like Ernest Hemingway, but the drum programmes, autotuned vocals and synth sequences are more modern than the usual country-rock favoured by septuagenarian troubadours.
  7. 50
    All of its 12 tracks are reckless trials in largely unrelated genres, and most end up errors.
  8. Dec 5, 2012
    For a man who long ago turned the fear of change into his best friend, it's disappointing how uneven his explorations are in Nookie Wood.
  9. Dec 5, 2012
    Too often the way of the beat ends up a distraction rather than a fully incorporated addition to good songwriting.
  10. Dec 5, 2012
    While Nookie Wood suggests lusty concupiscence, naughtiness, and vim, these conjurations are foundered by big production and mastering straight out of 90s alt-pop radio

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