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Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus Double CD, Enhanced


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  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Enhanced
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000B4KZZA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Get Ready For Love
2. Cannibal's Hymn
3. Hiding All Away
4. Messiah Ward
5. There She Goes, My Beautiful World
6. Nature Boy
7. Abbatoir Blues
8. Let The Bells Ring
9. Fable Of The Brown Ape
Disc: 2
1. The Lyre Of Orpheus
2. Breathless
3. Babe, You Turn Me On
4. Easy Money
5. Supernaturally
6. Spell
7. Carry Me
8. O Children

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Rhodri J. Thomas on 23 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
As Nick Cave's new album appears, most people will wonder just what he's going to try next after murder and the like. Simple: mixing nature and the ghost-like. Cave's new 2CD offering comes as a breath of fresh air. Underneath its beautiful packaging is a collection of immaculate songs which are both completely engaging and exhausting as Cave takes the listener on a characteristically dramatic and mesmerising journey.
"Abattoir Blues" is a CD with perfect dynamics as he weaves the dark and melancholic with glam rock. Darker moments like the chilling narrative of "Messiah Ward", or the infective, attitude-laden strut of "Hiding All Away" show the sheer force of Cave's talents. His voice is timeless, sounding almost as if it has been around for centuries only now sharing its tales. Surrounding these songs are others like single "Nature Boy" and the energetic "There She Goes My Beautiful World" which ensure that the mood never drifts into the overly downbeat. Their Gospel Choir backing vocals are triumphant and completely engulfing. Throughout, "Abattoir Blues" is a landscape which is mysterious, glorious, dismal and beautiful all at once.
And then comes "The Lyre of Orpheus", a thick and seductive collection of songs where Cave constantly changes the atmosphere: heavy, smoky bar on "Lyre of Orpheus", then comes the fresh-sounding "Breathless" and the hazy summer of the beautiful "Babe You Turn Me On". Perhaps the album's finest moment is in the closing track "O Children", where the Gospel Choir's power is at its peak. With gorgeous piano, heartbreaking and ghostly vocals by all finished off by the sparse arrangement, it is the album at its bleakest: devastating and totally, totally breathtaking.
One of the strongest albums I've heard in years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BiggerBigE on 23 April 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hate to admit it but it was watching the latest Harry Potter that pulled me towards this album. Found out the featured track was O Children and ventured onto itunes thinking I'd buy just that one track. Had a listen to the others and thought to myself that this sounds like a lovely collection of songs. Of course I then bought it from amazon and glad I was too as the packaging on this double album is very nice. Given the album a couple of listens so far and love it - all the songs are different with a wide variety of styles. Can't recomend this highly enough - give it a listen. You wont be disappointed.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The reverence bestowed upon each subsequent Nick Cave album by the Critics unfortunately means that when a genuinely refreshing and exciting breakthrough occurs in what is already an extraordinary and incredible career, it too easily slips through the net. 'Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus' is such an epiphany. Cave rates this record as one of, if not the best of his career, and for very good reason. It simply oozes beauty. Where previous Cave albums have been predominately dark and foreboding in mood, this album pulses with life and hope. Aided by the London Community Gospel Choir and the ever inventive Bad Seeds, Cave's music soars, brimming with wit and passion and romance. Like all great art it makes you feel differently about the world; it reassures and challenges in equal measure.
From the head rush of the opener 'Get Ready For Love' to the celestial tranquillity of 'O Children', this is a mature record in the best sense of that overused phrase. Cave has finally found the perfect balance between songwriter and band leader, the Bad Seeds proving themselves one of the most exciting and dynamic groups in the business.
As a long time fan of Cave I have enjoyed most of his work. Yet, in recent years there have been reservations. There was conviction missing from 'The Boatman's Call'. 'No More Shall We Part', despite moments of greatness was just a little too long-winded at times. And after 'Nocturama' I feared his muse had completely bolted. However, my fears have been allayed. This is the most significant music Nick Cave has delivered since he wrote 'The Mercy Seat' almost 20 years ago. A double album of such beauty and majesty it demands comparison with the great man's own heroes - Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Nina Simone and the late Johnny Cash.
Nick Cave is damn right to suspect that this really is his masterpiece. It is nothing less than that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This 2004 (double) album by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds followed in the wake of his dark ballad masterpiece, 2001's No More Shall We Part and 2003's (by contrast) rather lacklustre Nocturama. Whilst, for me, the ballads here do not quite match up to those of the 2001 album, the overall mix provided by the album is quite breathtaking in its musical ambition, peppered as it is with sublime melodies, hard-driving gothic rhythm and blues (representing something of a foretaste of Grinderman) and, as ever, overlaid with some of Cave's most brilliantly witty and idiosyncratic lyrics. As a result, it is in my estimation an album that is probably the equal of anything Cave has yet done.

There is something of a superficial distinction between the two component albums (or CDs) with Abattoir Blues being generally rather heavier and bluesier, whilst The Lyre Of Orpheus provides more periods of studied reflection and a lighter, more (at times) acoustic feel. Having said this, in the marvellously titled Cannibal's Hymn and Messiah Ward, Abattoir contains two sublime ballad-based songs, whilst Orpheus has the superb, up-tempo Cave plea against one of the album's underlying mythological themes in Supernaturally.

Standout songs for me would include album opener Get Ready For Love, which is a rocking tour-de-force worthy as a follow-up (albeit at around one third of the length) to previous album Nocturama's closing epic masterpiece, Babe I'm On Fire, and the exquisite piano-based Easy Money, on which Cave's melancholic vocal laments on the plight of the working man and society's problems with drink and drugs. In addition, both Hiding All Away and Abattoir Blues are great blues-infected songs, with the former (in particular) providing a clear pointer to Cave's later Grinderman project.
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