- Audio CD (28 Feb. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Music UK
- ASIN: B00002DDZG
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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The Secret Life Of The Love Song/Flesh Made Word: TWO LECTURES By NICK CAVE Import
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Nick Cave has always been a singular artist: though primarily known and appreciated for his musical output, Cave has always been at least as much poet (and, later in his career, pundit) as songwriter and musician--it's just that he's so often chosen to appear in the company of the like-minded backing band the Bad Seeds. Because of that, the only surprise about this spoken word collection is that it's taken so long for Cave to release one.
For The Secret Life of the Love Song, Cave composed a lecture for the Vienna Poetry Festival about love songs: their genesis and true meaning, with an intimate look at some of Cave's own works. His own definition of a love song is unflinching: love, for Cave, cannot exist without all of the attendant pain; as such, his love songs live and change over time, twisting from songs of joy to songs of pain--sometimes over the course of a few verses. Cave's lecture--re-recorded for CD--features five songs, stark and touching, but it's his words that are the focus here. It's the same for The Flesh Made Word, a piece recorded for BBC Radio 3's Religious Services, in which Cave details his relationship with his father and God, literature and the Bible, from where many of Cave's themes are found--and are, Cave points out, far more brutal than even the rawest of Cave's solo or Birthday Party work.
As powerful as Cave's music is, it's here--quiet, in the background, where he talks about the inspiration, the method and madness of his inspiration--that Cave might be at his most affecting. As such, it's an essential addition to the collection of any Cave fan. --Randy Silver