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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for John Cale features guest appearances from Actress, Animal Collective, Sylvan Esso, Fat White Family, Laurel Halo, Tei Shi, and Weyes Blood.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. Jan 18, 2023
    ‘Mercy’ provides another delicious example of an esteemed old-timer triumphantly pushing his creative frontiers into a much-shifted modern age.
  2. Jan 20, 2023
    This isn’t mere voguish reinvention but a masterful insertion into the most indecipherable of back catalogues, and its reliably mutable, endlessly wandering creator.
  3. Jan 18, 2023
    Cale remains the star of the show, however, still crafting richly textured songs that don’t always go where you might expect them to, and refusing to pander to expectations.
  4. The Wire
    Mar 21, 2023
    Cale remakes Nico’s trademark harmonium sound using electronics, imagining a future or celestial version of her. The effect is both moving and ghostly – a highlight of this typically imaginative album. [Feb 2023, p.46]
  5. Jan 24, 2023
    His voice remains unmistakable, a walnut burl with cracks in the grain. The stentorian register that Cale used to wield with authority is absent. ... Cale’s here, once again and for now, still not making things easy on anyone.
  6. Feb 2, 2023
    He can take the bleak and inhospitable subject matter and give it just enough life to make it a rewarding listen for those who partake. It’s a delicate and risky maneuver, but Cale has managed it here.
  7. Jan 18, 2023
    Mercy may have a few forgettable tracks, but an artist with John Cale’s long and varied history will always find a way to intrigue the listener.

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