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Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (+ 54 Page Booklet With Lyrics and Photos) [Limited Edition]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000ZN258W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,030 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

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Chris Widgery VINE VOICE
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Musical and Lyrical Tour De Force 16 Jan 2012
By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars life begins at... 2 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
The last album from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, 'The Lyre of Orpheus/Abbatoir Blues' was amazing. Given the space of a double album we got to hear their full range from the gospel choir backed Get Ready For Love to the tender Babe, You Turn Me On. I played it again and again, consistently amazed by the sheer energy captured. I used to think Nick Cave was a bit rubbish once upon a time. I'd only seen him a couple of times, once duetting with Kylie Minogue, and to my ears he seemed to be having trouble hitting the notes. Talk about missing the point. Cave may not have the best voice in the world but, boy, does he know how to deliver a song. He also writes some of the best lyrics going, real storytelling through song, and a wicked sense of humour running through it all.

So now that the man himself has turned 50 what should we expect from the latest studio album? A maturing outlook, an album of reflection, a pipe and slippers? Of course not. This new album is a little harder in sound, influenced by last years Grinderman project. The title track gets things underway with a swagger and the risen Lazarus now in modern day New York and, by the end of the track, a dope fiend. As Cave shouts, 'He never asked to be raised up from the tomb'. Night Of The Lotus Eaters has an extraordinary bass line, reminiscent of the kind of backing Tricky used to great effect on his early albums building a sense of rhythmic unease. The same kind of repetitive beat is used on We Call Upon The Author, a lyrically adventurous rant about the very act of writing which uses one of The Bad Seeds great strengths the choral shout, the call to listeners which involves you in the music you're listening to.

It isn't all garage rock.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS
I just love this album, a real rocker. First heard some of the tracks on the BBC sessions and liked them at first listen. Bad Seeds live are great and the album is just as good.
Published 3 months ago by Roobear
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cd
One for the collection,

Great tracks,

Recommended for cd / download.

A****
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Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic CD! ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURITES!!!
Great album with some brilliant lead guitar. Would thoroughly recommend this dark, funny and intelligent piece of work. Def 10 stars
Published 10 months ago by Douglas Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Pay! Amazon! Pay!
Another fantastic record by Nick Cave. A much better record than Amazon has when it comes to paying TAX. Where does all the money they save on TAX go? I wonder?
Published 19 months ago by gmcb
2.0 out of 5 stars Lack Of Interest?
And so we come to the final three re-issues in what has been a beautifully compiled, mastered assembled and packaged set of albums. Read more
Published 23 months ago by South Perth Spurs
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing DD/ DTS 5.1 mix
This review is concerned solely with the DD/ DTS 5.1 mixes.

I've been a Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds fan for a few years now and also enjoy listening to multi-channel audio... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Derek J. Johnston
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicks got problems....
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. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by os
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must buy'
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! is the fourteenth studio album by Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2011 by Marc Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars cd review
I have a few Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds albums...I just thought this one fell short on some of the others..so for me...6/10
Published on 23 Dec 2010 by Stueeh Warburton
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING
A few weeks ago I heard the title track of this CD on 'The Last Splash' on Today FM and was sufficiently impressed with what I had heard to investigate further. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2010 by Michael Nicholl
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