This is, without a doubt, Cave & The Seeds' best album up to this point, and many insist that it is their best to this day. It is the culmination of everything that they had been working toward up to this point, as good as ever, but more refined, better-sounding, smoother, in a word: better. This is their masterpiece. The Mercy Seat kicks things off and is one of the most astonishing songs I've ever heard in my life. The lyrics, matched with the crashing, momentum-gaining backdrop combine with the end result of one of the most intense song in Nick's or anyone else's catalog. This is simply one of the most powerful narraritives in contemporary music. This is one of the few songs that truly cannot be described-it has to be heard to be believed. To be sure, this is the highpoint of the album, but there are other highlights. Up Jumped The Devil is a pleasant rollicking, tongue-in-cheek tune of the type that Cave often indulges in. Deanna sounds like a 50's beach-ballad gone Satanic. Most of the rest of the album consists of Cave's trademark slow, brooding piano-led ballads, and the ones included here are some of his best ever. The seemingly upbeat, by contrast, and eminently beautiful song New Morning closes the album on a very nice note. Skip the shorter, tacked-on version of the Mercy Seat, it cannot top the original, and only serves to uproot the album's climax. However, the meat of the album (everything but it) is excellent, and serve to make this CD, surely, one of the most underrated out there. Essential.