Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Essential 10: Nick Cave (Part 2)

With the Bad Seeds, unless stated.

6. Let Love In (1994): Regarded by many as his masterpiece. Certainly the place to start if you’re looking to get into Cave’s world.

7. The Boatman’s Call (1997): The presence of PJ Harvey in Cave’s life seems to have had an influence on several of these sparsely decorated and delicately played songs. Yet another remarkable achievement. Has anybody ever started a love song with a line like, “I don’t believe in an interventionist God”. I mean, really.

8. Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004): Double albums are usually an unwise idea, the artist choosing to fill the gaps with substandard material. Forget what you know, these 17 songs are consistently brilliant.

9. With Warren Ellis, The Proposition OST (2005): The perfect (and I mean perfect) companion to the stark brutality of Cave’s screenplay.

10. Grinderman, Grinderman (2007): The long awaited return to raw garage rock. A mind- boggling album, even his side projects are quality.

Special mentions go out to; 'Murder Ballads', 'No More Shall We Part' and the underrated 'Henry's Dream'. Also, check out the most recent album Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

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