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No More Shall We Part [CD]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00005AMDP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. As I Sat Sadly By Her Side
2. And No More Shall We Part
3. Hallelujah
4. Love Letter
5. Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow
6. God Is In The House
7. Oh My Lord
8. Sweetheart Come
9. The Sorrowful Wife
10. We Came Along This Road
11. Gates To The Garden
12. Darker With The Day

Product Description

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

BBC Review

Hollowed out by the catharsis of 1997’s The Boatman’s Call, Nick Cave rested his pen for a while. Just over four years would pass before another Bad Seeds long-player saw the light of day. The wait was worth it. No More Shall We Part hasn’t the acute heartache of its immediate predecessor, the fire of Tender Prey, or the drama of Murder Ballads; but it is possibly the band’s most beautiful record, its enveloping melancholy immediately touching. Warren Ellis’ violin work is more pronounced than in the past, allowed to slow-dance above the muted guitars and percussion, and Cave’s plaintive piano strokes lend the set a real tenderness.

Cave’s storytelling is realised with less intimacy here – which isn’t to say that numbers like Hallelujah ("The tears are welling in my eyes again… I need 20 big buckets to catch them in") and Sweetheart Come aren’t capable of squeezing the heart, but it’s something of a relief to hear Cave allow himself breathing space from his own loves and losses. The Boatman’s Call can convey claustrophobia, its cast of real-life characters casting long shadows over the listening experience; here, a melodic lightness and slightly detached vocal performances – still from the spotlight, but the stage has stretched that bit wider – ensure that tears are kept in check. Emotions are controlled – where once our protagonist would fly into a rage, here his musings are restrained, spirituality and soul-searching in place of boiled blood and fiery eyes. At times Cave is the spit of Leonard Cohen, removed yet able to punch straight to the core of the subject at hand.

There’s always the threat, though, that during its softer moments this album will slide into schmaltz. That it never does is testament to the skill of its performers – the clatter of The Sorrowful Wife’s second half, all chugging guitars and clangourous drums, drag it from introspection into boisterous bombast, as Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld – neither a Bad Seed today – go at their weapons of choice like men possessed. Similarly, Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow shifts its weight with remarkable ease, from background blues to rock’n’roll discordance. We Came Along This Road is probably the most striking of the slower cuts, mournful piano carving a path for Anna and Kate McGarrigle to follow, their backing vocals sublime.

In another artist’s canon, No More Shall We Part would be an incredible achievement. In The Bad Seeds’, though, it’s merely one very fine album amongst several.

--Mike Diver

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Beauty Must Die 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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boatman's Dream (and then some...) 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, satisfying, awe-inspiring 29 May 2001
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a good red wine ... 28 Dec 2001
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Format:Audio CD
As one of those odd creatures who looks forward to each Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release with excitement, this is just another in a long line where disappointment isn't even considered. While "Murder Ballads" wasn't all it could be (still a solid 4-star record) this is Cave at his passionate best.
And Passion is the key word here. Few bands or artists today can bear comparison. Perhaps only Tindersticks and Kristin Hersh could stand at Cave's shoulder when it comes to making records that wear the heart on the sleeve and drown the listener in a mix of tears and sadness, joy and hope, loss and anger.
"No More Shall We Part" is Cave's most accomplished record to date. With the Bad Seeds taking a front-seat role again after a part-time job on "The Boatman's Call", it's the aching violin and firey rythms that push this record along.
There are moment's of intimacy as on "The Boatman's Call" coupled with the fire and brimstone angst of "Henry's Dream". Anyone familiar with Cave's extensive back-catalogue will find reference points to many of his records here. "Hallelujah" and "Love Letter" are both stirring and gorgeous. "God is in the House" is perhaps the core song on the album with a wonderfully biting vocal and lyric.
Of the 12 tracks here none is a disappointment and several tracks are as special as anything in Cave's previous albums. Alongside Low's "Things We Lost In The Fire" and Tindersticks' "Can Our Love", this is the record of 2001.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a lost classic ?
Many albums and so many amazing songs have Cave and various members produced through the years. This is strangely reminiscent of the latest album push the sky away. Read more
Published 4 months ago by krautrocker
5.0 out of 5 stars ADORABLE ALBUM
I think most of us have a favourite Nick Cave album - there are so many to choose from. This is certainly one of my favourites. Read more
Published 4 months ago by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Nick Cave is a superb songwriter, top of the tree forget your 1ds and sad pop acts
Listen to this superbly written cd, you are listening to a master songwriter.
Published 8 months ago by IanB9
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking melancohlia
This one is probably my favourite of Nick Cave's work. Lots of beautifully balanced and orchestrated tragic/romantic compositions. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ckc
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my Lord!
In my opinion this is by far and away the best Nick Cave & The bad Seeds album, it just gets better every listen. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Luggsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This album was recommended to me by a friend so I thought I'd give it a go. It is absolutely amazing and I have now been converted to Nick Cave. Buy it!!!
Published 17 months ago by Sweats
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Great album with some really great song. Very atmospheric with some fantastic music and lyrics. Very interesting adition of piano.
Published 18 months ago by Agnieszka Jazwinska
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
I don't think anyone writes more beautiful songs than Nick Cave, and this record contains a number of his most beautiful songs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by tillyschneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer genius
His best set of songs by some distance. Powerful, soulful, dark, brooding harmonies infused with emotion and undercut with an element of threat yet at the same instant incredibly... Read more
Published 23 months ago by emilo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Gods works
Discovered Nick's music around 10 years ago after coming across the "Best Of". I have to be honest that for me that was perfect timing as his music has just gone to a different... Read more
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