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Good Son [Original recording reissued]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B000003Z48
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Foi Na Cruz
2. The Good Son
3. Sorrow's Child
4. The Weeping Song
5. The Ship Song
6. The Hammer Song
7. Lament
8. The Witness Song
9. Lucy

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First one of the 1990s... 21 April 2006
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After spending the 80s both moving and disturbing people with his murder-ballads and murder-rackets, Nick Cave moved to South America to escape the druggy lifestyle to record The Good Son. It appears that the local music - or SOME kind of music at least - rubbed off on him, as The Good Son features several flourishes and instruments you'd not otherwise expect from Nick Cave.

Proving that he can confound you at every turn, The Good Son features choral backing vocals, vibraphones at various points, and the song 'Foi Na Cruz,' written in a language that I'm unfamiliar with (possibly Spanish or Portugese). Not only an experimental work for Cave, The Good Son also sets the 1990s off to a flying start for Mr. Cave.

Weighing in at only nine songs, The Good Son is mostly Cave's fabulous balladry. 'The Ship Song,' a successful single release, is a fan favourite and possibly the best ballad he ever wrote. However, the majestic title track, which starts off like tribesmen around a campire and builds to glorious strings, runs it very close.

The few louder moments are almost as good. 'The Weeping Song' (a 'song in which to weep,' of course) is Nick Cave in a more rawkus, but still fairly restrained mood, and with all of the Bad Seeds backing him up superbly, it's a song that gets the heart racing and sends more than a few shivers down the spine.

Nick Cave starts the 1990s in a quieter mood; but the songs are still excellent, and I'd recommend The Good Son to any Nick Cave fan, but especially those who enjoy his later, quieter material. It'd even be worth the money for 'The Ship Song' alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something got hold of Nick Cave,s heart 9 July 2008
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Watching the recent Nick Cave special on BBC4 brought home to me, if indeed it needed bring home, what a phenomenal band the Bad Seeds are. It also started a conversation between my partner and i about what Nick Cave song we would have played at our funerals( We,re jolly like that us) My favourite is "The Mercy Seat", hardly ideal funeral fodder( unless you have a warped sense of humour) , but hers was "The Ship Song" and that led to me re-visiting Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1990 and sixth album The Good Son, from which the "The Ship Song", incidentally the first single released off the album , came from.
Many critics and fans felt Nick Cave had gone a bit soft when they heard The Good Son and there is no argument that it is a far mellower album than it,s predecessor 1988,s claustrophobic and intense "Tender Prey". This was put down to Cave falling in love with Brazilian stylist Viviene Carniero and going through rehab. Whatever prompted this new relaxed Cave it also aided his song writing for The Good Son is consistently superb.
The incarnation of The Bad Seeds for this album included stalwart Blixa Bargeld on guitars, Mick Harvey on bass, guitar, percussion and vibraphone .He also aided Cave with the fulsome string arrangements. Thomas Wylder on percussion and drums and Kid Congo Powers on guitar complete this particular line up .
The album opens with the stately "Foi Na Cruz" -based partly on the Brazilian protestant hymn of the same name which roughly translated means "It was on the cross".The title track is also based on a traditional song , though this time its the African/American song "Another Man Done Gone" which is adapted for the chant like verse. "Sorrows Child" is a truly gorgeous emollient ballad with a lovely string coda.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This is the album that silenced the critics who still doubted Cave's abilities as well as his own. Marking the next chapter in his life the album may not have the complete power of Tender Prey but will capture and mesmerize you from the first track and is one that you will find yourself going back to in years to come. Some of Cave best songs can be found here, especially 'The Ship Song', which is arguably the best in his entire career to date. The range of emotions that this single album can, and will, generate stands as a testament to the versatility and true talent of Nick Cave.
This may not be the best Bad Seeds album but it is definitely something anybody who knows good music should own, whether they are a fan of not.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I largely agree with the last review except to say that there is no doubt that this album is definitely Nick Caves best album ... unsurpassed by anything since.
If you like your music dark, epic, but yet melodic then Nick Cave is for you.
There really isn't one duff song here. Many of the songs could be argued to be the best of his career so far. Particular highlights are Lucy, The Good son and Ship Song. Enjoy ... there are not many albums by any crooner alive as good as this one.
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