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  • Mini-Disc (2 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00005AMDO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,285,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Eleven studio albums into Nick Cave's career, and it seems that the long wait for his first duff album must continue. No More Shall We Part contains a greater wealth of musical invention and lyrical intelligence in its 68 minutes than most acts manage in an entire career of trying. Cave is not merely in a different league from most of his peers; he's scarcely even playing the same game. No More Shall We Part sees a renewed emphasis on the virtuosity of Cave's long-time backing band, The Bad Seeds--Cave's last album, 1997's superb The Boatman's Call, was a relatively sparse affair. They decorate the sprawling ballads on No More Shall We Part with their usual aplomb, helped on several tracks--notably the gorgeous "Hallelujah"--by the crystalline harmonies of veteran folk singers Kate and Anna McGarrigle. The sound, overall, is best imagined as what Cave and The Bad Seeds were trying to accomplish on Henry's Dream. Cave's lyrical preoccupations have remained more or less constant--God, love and the loss thereof, death (all the greats). As ever, Cave deals with these with greater agility and imagination than anyone else--with the possible exceptions of his obvious eternal idols Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash--and, as ever, is frequently funnier than generally given credit for. --Andrew Mueller

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 31 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
There’s none of the brash explosive violence of early Cave here, this is as polished as it gets... not that that is a criticism you understand. No, this is an epic in every sense of the word.
Here, Cave draws on the principal preoccupations that he is most synonymous with - love, death, drugs, madness, murder and religion being amongst the more obvious - and creates a work of intense, cathartic beauty. Even the flowers on the cover give us a suggestion of the way ahead, giving us a new Nick no longer Kicking Against the Pricks but instead, almost wilting in the sense of autumnal melancholy that marks out many of these songs.
Here it is the mournful string arrangements of Warren Ellis and Mick Harvey that really set the scene for Nick’s most touchingly operatic work... an album that speaks in bursts of poetic beauty whilst unfolding with the kind of surreal detachment usually reserved for dreamscapes and early Van Morrison. I suppose that’s the fairest summation. If the earlier Boatman’s Call was Nick’s Blood on the Tracks then surely this is his Astral Weeks... a collection of intensely beautiful songs that suffocate the listener with their languid pace and lyrical grace.
There’s simply no stand out here. As with the majority of Nick’s output, the record unfolds naturally... each songs is as important as the one that preceded it, building up to a moody crescendo around track seven, which is then sustained till the very last. Here Nick croons along in true balladeer mode, whilst the ever-excellent Bad Seeds create haunting landscapes of music that complement Cave’s blend of gospel poetry perfectly.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J A LEAN on 19 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
I feel I've now listened to this album enough since it's release to be able to adequately review it - as akin to all Nick Cave albums it takes a while to firmly embed itself under ones skin and even longer to claw it's way up the cerebral cortex.
The album begins with the quietly strummed guitar and lilting piano of the first few bars of "As I sat sadly by her side", the first single, which would seem to indicate that this album is going to become "The Boatman's Call Part II". However, as we move on it becomes apparent that this is not entirely the case.
The third track "Hallelujah" exhibits a lush musical backdrop far less spartan than anything found on the previous album and is one of the highlights of this one. From this track in, the songs are more musically complex and often louder than the previous work. It's not however until we reach "Oh my Lord" that the Bad Seeds really let rip. This song appears to be in part Cave's response to his detractors who claim he's gone a bit "soft" of late, the loud orchestration easily matching the anger of any of the pseudo-punk on "Henry's Dream" with a suitably vitriolic lyric.
Nick Cave has always been able to turn lyrical cartwheels and this album is no exception. It's the oh-so-easy mix of the sublime, mundane, ridiculous, dramatic and tragic imagery that's so moving - but I'll refrain from quoting any because I suspect that out of context it'll all seem a bit silly.
But if you fancy an album of brown cows, white kittens, lady mayors, absent nurses, buried hatchets, snarling pianos, love letters, white churches, plastic antlers, garden gates and smoking guns - go buy this one. You won't regret it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE on 8 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
In 2001, it seemed like time was up for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. After the end of his relationship with PJ Harvey, and his break-up album, the fractured yet beautiful Boatman's Call, a 'Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' emerged in 1999. Usually the seal on one's career, to most it signified the end of the Seeds as we knew them.
Two years on, No More Shall We Part emerged. Not only did it show Nick Cave's return after four years of relative silence, it also showed him slowly returning to the louder sound of his earlier works, which would continue over his next two studio albums. Weighing in at 68 minutes, every song here is a long one; and every song here is worth it.
The quieter ballads here are among Nick Cave's greatest. The eight-minute epic that is 'Hallelujah' is a hallucinatory, hymnal, tearful journey that would've made Bob Dylan proud as it swells to its majestic ending. 'God Is In The House' is a whispery, vaguely hilarious conflab that remains in his solo sets to this day, and 'Love Letter' is arguably his sweetest song to date.
The real attraction here, though, is the louder moments, signifying the slow return to the Nick Cave of old. 'Oh My Lord,' arguably the best song here, is like 'Hallelujah's evil twin, a slong, building epic characterised by Warren Ellis' scratchy violin. 'The Sorrowful Wife,' meanwhile, blindsides you when it explodes into a thunderous racket a few minutes in.
Overall, eleven albums it, it certainly was a fine showing. Yet again, Nick Cave pulled out a winner against all odds.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first saw Nick and the Seeds on Jools Holland, where their track "God is in the House" stood out for me. I played it over and over again, and the music and intruiging lyrics just kept getting better and more meaningful on each listen. On the strength of that one song, I decided to get the No More Shall We Part album, and it's been on my CD player constantly since I got it. It's the feel of the music and the lyrical content that makes this album, and indeed other Cave albums. After listening to 3 tracks on the album, namely "God is in the House", the title track "And No More Shall We Part" and "Hallelujah", it became apparent to me that this guy was a genius. The haunting harmonies send shivers down my spine, and the lyrics make me laugh and (almost) cry at the same time.
I'm a musician myself, and to be able to listen to something as different and special as this album is so refreshing. I intend to purchase the whole of the Nick Cave back catalogue.
But be warned, this isn't for the light-hearted. Anyone who thinks Cliff Richard or Steps are talented, maybe you should just stay clear. Do not insult Mr. Cave with your comments of "it's too morbid and sorrowful and boring". If you think that, then you've missed the whole point of the album. Look deeper, and you'll find something quite beautiful.
Simply amazing.
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