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Let Love In CD+DVD, Import

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  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Import
  • Label: Emi Catalogue
  • ASIN: B004KX5KQC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Do You Love Me? (2011 - Remaster)
2. Nobody's Baby Now (2011 - Remaster)
3. Loverman (2011 - Remaster)
4. Jangling Jack (2011 - Remaster)
5. Red Right Hand (2011 - Remaster)
6. I Let Love In (2011 - Remaster)
7. Thirsty Dog (2011 - Remaster)
8. Ain't Gonna Rain Anymore (2011 - Remaster)
9. Lay Me Low (2011 - Remaster)
10. Do You Love Me? (Part 2) (2011 - Remaster)
Disc: 2
1. Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 8 : Let Love In)
2. Do You Love Me? (2011 - Remaster)
3. Loverman (2011 - Remaster)
4. Red Right Hand (2011 - Remaster)
5. Do You Love Me Like I Love You (Part 8 : Let Love In)
6. Do You Love Me? (2011 - Remaster)
7. Loverman (2011 - Remaster)
8. Red Right Hand (2011 - Remaster)
9. Lay Me Low (2011 - Remaster)
10. Do You Love Me? (Part 2) (2011 - Remaster)
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BBC Review

Let Love In, the eighth album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, is in many ways the group’s wholly realised work. Even more than their 1998 Best Of, it stands as the best introduction to the eloquent and elegant netherworld of Godless fornicators, murderers, the bereft and drunk and lonely and lost conjured up by Cave and his suited cohorts. Recorded two years after the flawed (according to the band; many fans regard it as another classic) signpost that was Henry’s Dream, and just before the bloody and body-strewn Kylie-featuring Murder Ballads, Let Love In not only pointed towards The Bad Seeds’ future direction, but harked back to their blustering, violent roots.

Part of this cohesion comes from the fact that the album is bookended by two tracks of the same name. The first Do You Love Me? is a gothic rouser, an ode to a dangerous lost love delivered despairingly to the sky as organ and piano rattle dementedly about, Cave in ferocious vocal form as The Bad Seeds join him with doomy backing vocals, like sextons in full lament. The second Do You Love Me, written from the point of view of a rent boy who plies his trade in pornographic cinemas, is weary and resigned, the strings (an early appearance by now-key Bad Seed and Grinderman Warren Ellis) suggesting an inevitable, tragic denouement.

Between these two explorations of the entrapping power of love and sex gone wrong are eight pieces of startling moods. Nobody’s Baby Now, Ain’t Gonna Rain Any More and Lay Me Low are fine slow numbers, the latter a desperate rant of a man dreaming of the reaction to his own death but, and this is key to Let Love In, possessed of a black and terrific wit: "There’ll be informative six-page features / when I go," sings our protagonist in impotent rage. The same goes for Jangling Jack, just under three minutes of explosive multi-instrumental punk that tells of a man who goes to a bar, orders a "Rinky Dink Special and a little umbrella too", makes a toast, and ends up shot and dying in a pool of blood on the floor. It could have easily fitted on Murder Ballads, and showcases Cave’s humour, something often overlooked in popular characterisation of the Melbourne native as a pompous old crow.

Just as Cave the lyricist kept his muse locked away from the sentimentality of approaching middle age, musically Let Love In sees The Bad Seeds managing to stay away from rock classicism and tedious proficiency bizarrely embraced by most groups when they reach that point in their career. So they deploy bells, barroom brawling piano and discord (largely from Einstürzende Neubauten’s Blixa Bargeld) alongside dense arrangements that feel like a church falling on your head (see Loverman and Thirsty Dog).

The climax, though, comes on the album’s centrepiece, and what is often argued to be The Bad Seeds’ finest moment, Red Right Hand. It delivers its menace quietly at first, a folk tale of some unspecified bogeyman ("A tall handsome man / In a dusty black coat") who haunts not only the American gothic town depicted in Cave’s lyrics, but your weak, susceptible inner self: "He’ll appear out of nowhere / And he ain’t what he seems... You’re one microscopic cog / In his catastrophic plan". It’s a track that, always reworked, remains a staple of The Bad Seeds’ live set.

After Let Love In, The Bad Seeds were never quite the same again; though that shouldn’t be taken as a pejorative. After Murder Ballads, Cave’s music took a turn for the calmer mainstream until the release of The Lyre of Orpheus / Abattoir Blues and the emergence of the lascivious Grinderman. As such, Let Love In is a record of seedy panache and considered violence, the sound of a band at the very peak of its malevolent powers.

--Luke Turner

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"The golden era of Australia's gothic gang - Each comes as a two-disc set, the remastered album and a DVD with a 5.1 version, B-sides and videos, plus a talking-heads account of each album from interested parties. These albums show Cave in a transitional period personally and creatively, stretching the claustrophobic boundaries of his earlier work - the fly - blown American Gothic, the lurid visions of sex and death - in the search for wisdom." -- Q, June 2011 - *****

-- Classic rock, June 2011

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let Love In is pretty much the definitive Nick Cave album.
If you're new to Nick Cave, then I'd suggest buying it purely for Loverman. The six and a half minute song is pretty much a distillation of what makes Nick Cave fantastic. Doomy touches, such as the haunting bells; his brooding lyrics, for example the 'M is for murder me' section, and the fact that the song sounds so complicated but is in fact basically three minor chords over and over.
Not that Loverman is the only highlight of this stunning album. Opener Do You Love Me? (Part One) sets the scene, before the reprise slows the tempo and makes it even more chilling than before. Red Right Hand remains a favourite of Cave's and features some of his best imagery, and Thirsty Dog's playful, darkly funny lyrics show the other side to him.
Let Love In is everything but perfect, and no Nick Cave fan should be without it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I love Nick Cave's work and this album is my personal favourite. It contains all the elements that make Cave and his band great (Love, death, Blues, Booze and Murder) and is at the same time more accessible than some of his other work. To say this album is accessible is not to say it is a 'sell out'. Quite the opposite. Cave puts his own slant on the condition of love, perhaps to best effect in the cynical but beautiful, chiming, 'I Let Love in'. Here we have aching love lorn ballads, 'Nobody's Baby Now' and 'Ain't Gonna Rain Anymore'. Sexy scary songs, 'Do you Love me?' and 'Loverman'. The centerpeice is 'Red Right Hand' which has decked the soundtrack of many a teen slasher movie, but is best listened to rather than described. Also Cave manages a laugh at his own mythology in 'Thirsty Dog' and 'Lay me Low'. It all ends with one of the most chilling songs ever written, 'Do You Love me?' (Part 2), a narrative about child prostitution. Overall its a tuneful album and and the one I would recommend to those new to Cave's work. The Bad Seeds give great support as ever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The cover of Let love in speaks volumes, Cave, looking towards heaven, with the album's title scrawled in what looks like lip stick across his pale chest, in front of a red curtain. The image is dramatic, poetic and sleazy which perfectly describes the music. The album kick off with powerhouse "do you love?" shows Cave leaning away from twisted blues to a more rock based sound. The piano while still here there, is used more sparely and effectively. The compulsory piano led love ballad is still there "no body's baby" It has less grandiose than the love songs of pervious albums.
The organ is used to great effect, and no more so than on the album's centre piece. The epic
"Red right hand", a cinematic masterpiece, with an eerie organ solo and a bell building up a sense of doom.
What makes "Let love in" is that is so enjoyable to listen to, it most of the elements of Cave's previous works.
There is the disturbing "do you love me (part 2)?" a chilling look at child prostitution based on what Cave observed while living in Brazil. The raw and noisy "Jangling Jack" and the frantic "Thirsty dog"
where Cave sends up his own persona.
"Lay me low" which would have fitted nicely on "The Good son" has Cave mediating on his eventual end with much irony and black humour.
"They will interview my teachers (Lay me low)
Who'll say I was one of God's sorrier creatures
There'll print informative six-page features
When I go"
With "Ain't gonna rain anymore" pays homage to Scott Walker's darker moments creating a brooding masterpiece.
Let love in is a stunning performance, with Cave and the bad seeds at the height of their powers. Stunning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Björn Åhlberg on 28 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
My first Nick Cave record was Henry's Dream, best birthday gift ever big brother, and second was Let love in. I do not have the gift in writing to express my gratitude that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have given us the opportunity to listen to their wonderful work. Artistically, you will not find any better craftmanship than this.

If there were just one album ,this is the one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jolly Bob on 17 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Nick Cave properly after seeing his name appearing in random and varied places - singing with Johnny Cash, on a free magazine compilation CD, on a Jools Holland song... when I bought Cash's American III and heard Mercy Seat, that was the final straw. Away I went to YouTube to listen. And I wasn't disappointed. I went off to buy albums - strting with Boatman's Call, it was good but not the side of Nick Cave I had been intrigued by. Then Murder Ballads and, ecstatically discovering he had a new CD out, Dig! Lazarus Dig! and barely a week ago form today, I bought Let Love In along with 2 other albums. From experience, buying albums together usually means I don't get to know thm well enough, or the songs seem to blur together. Not so on this one.

Let Love In seems more refined than Dig, obviously more intense than Boatman's Call, and more messy and wild than Murder Ballads - all of these of course being qualities that only the likes of Cave could make into 'good points'. A rundown of tracks:

Do You Love Me? - Catchy but glum, a hypnotically dark tale of sinister goings-on with children apparently in Brazil, here from the perspective of the 'customer'. As ever Cave captures his character very well, even verging on sympathising with him at points.

Nobody's Baby Now - Lyrically I find similarities to Into My Arms. Musically a bit more busy, but not massively. AGain, a song you will remember.

Loverman - A very Cave-like sinister verse, with a violent and insane chorus, and lyrics only Nick could write...

Jangling Jack - Delightfully loud and silly and dark and violent. The story is intriguing and imagery vivid, but the humour and cinematography that make Cave & his Seeds stand out shines out here.
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