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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute Records
  • ASIN: B000ZN258M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
2. Today's Lesson
3. Moonland
4. Night Of The Lotus Eaters
5. Albert Goes West
6. We Call Upon The Author
7. Hold On To Yourself
8. Lie Down Here (And Be My Girl)
9. Jesus Of The Moon
10. Midnight Man
11. More News From Nowhere

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Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! finds Nick Cave back at the helm of his long-term band The Bad Seeds after some impressive soundtrack work--2005's The Assassination of Jesse James--and a busman's holiday in the raw, rocking Grinderman. As the title suggests, Lazarus finds Cave returning to familiar themes of God and redemption, although some of the raw poise and wild-eyed humour that resurfaced in Grinderman remains: take the opening title track, which retells the Biblical story of the resurrection of Lazarus as transposed onto the sleazy, poverty-stricken backdrop of modern-day New York City. Musically, the likes of "Moonland" and "Night of the Lotus Eaters" have a swampy feel, all skittering drums, simmering bass and smoky organ riffs; elsewhere, there are rockers that tie on dissonant guitars without losing their dissonant touch ("Lie Down Here"). Probably the album highlight comes with "We Call Upon the Author", a sprawling, "Sister Ray"-like chugger that shows off Cave's skill for magnificent, sung-shouted narratives: "Now mixamatoid kids roam the streets, we've shunned them from the greasy grind/The poor little things, they look so sad and old as they mount us from behind". --Louis Pattison

BBC Review

Watch out, here comes the fourteenth Bad Seeds album. The garage sound is still there, the deep baritone is still there, the sideburns are still there, but what's new is a pyschedelic, farfisa-driven swirl as well as a more stable, traditional rock feel.

As a child, Cave claims to have be traumatized by the tale of Lazarus. ''We are all! in awe of the greatest of Christ's miracles... but I couldn't help but wonder how Lazarus felt about it,'' the black-haired one says. Cave's Lazarus finds himself unwillingly raised in New York full of confusion: ''I can hear chants & incantations & some guy is mentioning me in his prayers!!! I don't know what it is but there is definitely something going on upstairs''. The album also takes in the escapology of Harry Houdini - whom Cave classes as the second greatest escapologist after 'Larry' himself.

The Night of the Lotus Eaters, written with Warren Ellis, (haunting lyrics, thumping repetitive beasts, rock guitars and eerie percussion) is for all the traditional Seeds fans who like to be scared at night.

For those who like a little more humour in their gothic rock, there is plenty... Try these quips on for size: ''He had a psychotic episode on a dude ranch that involved a bottle of ammonia'' or ''I feel like a vacuum cleaner, a complete sucker''. And whilst We Call Upon the Author to Explain uses more than two turntables and a microphone, in true morose style, it lists all the things that are wrong with the world: '' O rampant discrimination/mass poverty/third world debt/infectious disease/ global inequality and deepening socio-economic divisions...We Call Upon the Author to explain''. Indeed.

But there's something more Springsteen than traditional Cave in More News From Nowhere and Hold On To Yourself, which may have traditional fans squirming, but entice new ones.

Clearly with Today's Lesson and Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl), Cave has lyrically moved on from moribund biblical subjects to sexual biblical subjects. He admits at 50 to be just as obsessed with sex as he was in his youth.

The Noble and Webster cover announces this is going to be a biggie. And, accompanied by the viral trailers on YouTube, it may just be his biggest yet.

Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! will not just raise the dead, it will raise the spirits of Bad Seed fans old and new. --Susie Goldring

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are incapable of making a poor album .Dig Lazarus Dig , their 14th , doesn't break their hot trot either . Even so it's the album most in thrall to another facet of Nick Cave's muse. The Grinderman side project has infused this album with a scouring malevolence and deep and dirty ambience. It throbs with subterranean deep bass lines, brutal slashes of guitar and stick on bones percussion. The up-tempo songs have the acerbic impact of a rusty shiv while the slower numbers crawl with serpentine grace allowing Cave more space to exhort his usual bevy of words about exotic and fertile characters .
Dig Lazarus Dig , as well as being populated with Caves usual colourful array of characters is possibly his most comic album to date .Larry off the brilliant churning riff title track is some kind of celebrity flailing round American cities . "Mr Sandman The Inseminator" enters the dreams of "Little Janie" to pulsating blues bass and shivery mandocaster on "Today's Lesson". "Midnight Man" features ...well the Midnight Man to Mick Harvey's relentless equilibrating organ.
Pitter pattering conga , quivering cuica and Martyn P Casey's thumping bass usher the first person "MoonLand" while "Night Of The Lotus Eaters" has the most sepulchral bass on a Nick Cave album since "From Her To Eternity ". "Albert Goes West" goes all Jesus And Mary Chain and features man who "Had a psychotic episode on dude ranch that involved a bottle of ammonia " . The "sha la-lal la,s" at the end are great. "We Call Upon The Author" is an audacious rant against god interweaving in between funked bass, viola, poking guitars /keyboards and where Cave " feels like a vacuum cleaner!!! A complete sucker".
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
OK, I'll keep this brief. I was given a preview copy of the record, so have no idea what the booklet is like. But the record is fantastic. I would have said "it's the best Nick Cave album in ages", but I thought Lyre of Orpheus/Abbatoir Blues was absolutely brilliant too. Grinderman wasn't my thing, but he seemed to enjoy himself.

Musically it's diverse, lyrically it's playful and funny (whilst still talking about god and death and murder and sex. We'd be disappointed if he didn't...) The single, Dig Lazarus Dig - you've heard - is terrific. Other highlights (so far; only got this last night) are We Call Upon The Author To Explain, Night Of The Lotus Eaters (which sounds like they forgot to record the rest of the music - only remembered the bass part. But, hey, it works)and Hold Onto Yourself.

Still early days, but it's made an instantly positive impression on me. If you like Nick Cave, you'll love it.

The guy is enjoying a serious run of form at the moment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds simply go from strength to strength. Whilst Dig, Lazarus, Dig!! might not quite reach the superlative creative achievements that were No More Shall We Part and Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus, there are some wonderful moments here. The Bad Seeds have matured over the years to become one of the outstanding 'big' bands in music, perhaps even vying with the E Street Band (in their heyday) for top spot.

Standout song for me is probably the lyrical epic that is We Call Upon The Author To Explain. This is a marvellous Cave rant, delivered in his near unique style which actually makes the likes of messrs Haines and Morrissey seem like tame kittens. Whether Cave is actually complaining about obtuse literature or (more likely) objecting to the voice of critics who constantly question of the meaning of literature (and, probably, song lyrics) becomes somewhat irrelevant as Cave lists just about every global crisis ('rampant discrimination, mass poverty, third world debt, infectious disease, global inequality and deepening socio-economic divisions') before screaming 'WE CALL UPON THE AUTHOR TO EXPLAIN'.

Other highlights are up-tempo rockers Today's Lesson and Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl) which demonstrate the tightness and exemplary playing of the Bad Seeds, whilst the more reflective Hold On To Yourself and Midnight Man find Cave's vocals as soulful as ever.

I only hope that the Bad Seeds do not suffer too much from Mick Harvey's departure and that Cave continues to record with the band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
As someone who is new to Nick Cave, I thought that 'DLD' might be an interesting place to get to know the man and his work.Well, speaking as a non- fan , but a person willing to be persuaded my first impressions are pretty positive.

Musically this album is firmly in the Velvet Underground / Gang of Four /Stooges/Doors domain - industrial guitar augmented by organ,heavy bass and the odd 'weird' noise for good measure.So while it's an entertaining CD there is nothing particularly innovative going on here.However the band are expert.Their work on 'Hold On To Yourself' is both distinctive and right on the button.As Nick growls on,they provide the sort of support that I bet every rock singer wishes they received- a backdrop of interesting musical textures but not so obtrusive that they are likely to distract the listener from the vocalists ruminations.

Nick seems to be in the middle of some sort of crisis- he is willfully and I guess appropriately,obscure. The usual existential themes seem to present themselves- you know - Jesus/sex/alienation/faith in the face of the void. The sort of things that 6th-formers used to get worked up about and possibly still do.If you share Nick's problems and concerns, this album may come as some sort of affirmation. If not, this album may have slightly less appeal.But at least Nick's take on things are communicated with some attempt at wit, so what could be a trudge actually borders on being alternatively amusing and engaging- see 'We Call Upon The Author To Explain'.

So a pretty good album. Given the generally homogeneous nature of modern rock,it is a relief to think that at least there is a bunch of oldsters out there attempting to make a bit of Byronic noise.Refreshing,if nothing spectacular.
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