The Academy in Peril (1972) Cale's second solo offering is just as much of a strange beginning, a lead in, to what would come next for his career. The Academy in Peril is mostly instrumental and definitely a reworking of his classical training from before his time with the Velvets. Gone are the pop songs of Vintage Violence and instead we get what could easily be the brewing of classical pieces that would then solidify into the classic sound of his next album, and one of his best, Paris 1919. Anyway, this is a nice selection of tracks but nothing that really stands out as anything transcendent or memorable. It's a good meditative piece and definitely worthy of a few spins here and there, but it will never be known as Cale's go-to album for listening pleasures.
Key Track: "Brahms"