EMI 580769; EMI ITALIANA - Italia;
Emotive, passionate, disturbing, beguiling--there really aren't enough worthy adjectives to do this masterful album justice. Nocturama
is Nick Cave's 12th album with the Bad Seeds and he has lost none of his poetic imagination, rousing romanticism and spine-tingling verve. With Nick Launey (whom Cave hadn't worked with since The Birthday Party
) at the production desk the band were given more freedom and the results are mesmerising.
Having recorded Nocturama at break-neck speed, and with the Blockheads working on three tracks, Cave has created a feisty record that mixes edgy spontaneity (the 15-minute, 43-verse "Babe I'm On Fire") with heart wrenchingly tender ballads such as "Still in Love". Possibly Cave's most diverse album to date, fusing his many moods, paces and styles, it stands as a good representation of the diversity of the Antipodean crooner's work.
The opener "Wonderful Life" is Cave at his charming, evocative best, building around a rousing piano and mesmerising bass. "Dead Man in My Bed" sees him in hilariously sardonic mood, chaotically taking on the role of a woman bemoaning the shortcomings of her pathetic partner. But within this splendid musical range lies a breathtaking peak in the form of "Bring It On", which features a duet with Chris Bailey, singer with renowned pre-punk outfit The Saints. Its heartstopping beauty is nothing short of life affirming. --Chris Barrett