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Editors’ Notes

For the first Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album not including Mick Harvey, Cave decided to explore the dark, subdued thrills that drive his soundtrack work with Warren Ellis. Cave entered the studio with songs written in notebooks but barely formed. The band colored in the specifics, and veteran Bad Seeds/Grinderman producer Nick Launay filed down the sounds made in La Fabrique, a 19th-century mansion in the south of France. The result is Cave's most low-key and accessible collaboration with The Bad Seeds. Somber blues lurk in the shadows, but the songs build to far more. The album's first single, "We No Who U R," exerts a rationed intensity not far from the beautifully sculpted ballads off The Good Son. "Wide Lovely Eyes" centers on a Fender Rhodes in the background and Cave's monstrous vocal blueprint at the front. "Jubilee Street" adds an instrument with each lap until it fully delivers. "We Real Cool" evokes Gwendolyn Brooks' legendary poem in its title before submitting to Cave's inspired verbiage. Yet another career highpoint.

Customer Reviews

Most of It Sounds Like A Collection Of B-Sides

The positive aspects of this Album: 1. The instrumentation of this album for the most part is unique, earthy, innovative and well done. 2. The Production and sound quality is very good as well.
The Negative aspects: 1. Only two songs on this album begin to have a great melody and a evocative emotional power that is typically omnipresent in classic Nick Cave albums. Only "We know Who U R" and "Push The Sky Away" can hold a candle to Caves previous work on "Let Love In", "No More Shall We Part", "Henry's Dream" or "Your Funeral My Trial". The rest of the songs sound like lack luster B-sides but with great instrumentation and production.
2. Nick Caves voice is often becoming annoyingly monotone as he tries to weave his cumbersome lyrics into otherwise simple song structures. The juxtoposition feels jarring too often.
3. Nick Cave is one of the Best Pop lyricists of all time in my opinion and there are a few great lines on this album but there are way more embarrassing lyrics that try too hard to sound like a high brow literate rocker than evoking the powerful emotional cinema that he is often able to do.


You can hear the whole thing on the NPR website. Could very well become my favorite Nick Cave…check it out.

Best of 2013 Contender

Longtime fan since The Birthday Party. This is really great stuff. I like the sparseness of it, the loops, the moods, the subtlety. Still making compelling music after 25+ years.

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