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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: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. DIY Magazine
    Jan 18, 2023
    90
    ‘Mercy’ provides another delicious example of an esteemed old-timer triumphantly pushing his creative frontiers into a much-shifted modern age.
  2. Clash Music
    Jan 20, 2023
    90
    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. Mojo
    Jan 18, 2023
    80
    The lack of solidity can make Mercy nebulous like any spirit photo, it sometimes takes work to find the shape, fill in detail. Yet slowly, its unfamiliarity coalesces into a cold beauty, memory acting as a spur, not a comfort blanket. [Feb 2023, p.85]
  4. Exclaim
    Jan 26, 2023
    80
    A compelling album that will more than reward your attention.
  5. Under The Radar
    Jan 23, 2023
    75
    In Cale’s eightieth year, Mercy reiterates his ever-evolving dedication to high strangeness and musical exploration, and while it never even approaches being an easy listen, it is certainly a compelling, rewarding ride.
  6. The Quietus
    Jan 20, 2023
    70
    It’s no Paris 1919, and it’s no Vintage Violence either. You, as the listener, will be required to do some work. To call Mercy a slog would be dismissive and unduly harsh; challenging would be more appropriate. Given that we are in the presence of the 80-year-old godfather of avant-rock, you know that persistence will be its own reward eventually.
  7. musicOMH.com
    Jan 18, 2023
    60
    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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