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Cale, Zachary: Noise Of Welcome

Born in Louisiana and now based out of Brooklyn, New York, Zachary Cale has a new album entitled Noise Of Welcome, the follow up to his 2008 release Walking Papers. Cale has been around for a few years now having released his debut Outlander Sessions in 2003. With Noise Of Welcome it is all about Cale's Dylanesque voice and his plaintive acoustic guitar. Cale's voice has such an uncanny resemblance to Dylan's I found it a bit unnerving at first before I realized his eclectic style only adds to this album's many charms. Besides Dylan, Leonard Cohen is another obvious reference point, especially with regards to Cale's use of sparse arrangements and lyrical prowess.

This is acoustic based folk music with flavorings of indie, country and pop added to the mix. Even some orchestral elements crop up occasionally with organ, viola and cello leading the way in that department. The songs are built around Cale's unique voice and acoustic guitar trappings. He is a fine player adding his delicate phrasings and subtle rhythmic strumming throughout. He also has plenty of help including Ryan Johnson (drums, percussion) and Phil Glauberzon (piano, organ, electric guitar, percussion) as well as a few guest musicians including Dave Shuford (mandolin), Anni Rossi (viola) and Aaron Gemmill (lap steel).

Some of my favourites include the pretty "Hello Oblivion" with sweet acoustic guitar combined with a hint of sorrow and dreamy background vocals and the melodic "Easy Route" with its plaintive acoustic notes and washes of mandolin. The album ending "War Love" is a catchy number contrasting Cale's acoustic and electric sides in fine fashion.

This is a finely crafted album chalk full of melodies and poignantly beautiful moments. I think Cale is onto something with Noise Of Welcome. While the indie and folk crowd will surely be happy, I think open minded prog listeners may find plenty to like as well. Give it a try you may be as surprised as I was.

Track Listing:
1. Dead Channel Overture
2. Blake's Way
3. Day For Night
4. Hello Oblivion
5. Shanghaied
6. Nocturne In G Minor
7. Dancing Devil Rag
8. We Had Our Day In The Sun
9. Mourning Glory Kid
10. Easy Route
11. All To Order
12. War Love

Added: March 24th 2011
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's MySpace Page
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Language: english

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