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- Format: CD+DVD
- Label: Mute
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The Good Son (2010 Digital Remaster) CD+DVD
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Proving that he can confound you at every turn, The Good Son features choral backing vocals, vibraphones at various points, and the song 'Foi Na Cruz,' written in a language that I'm unfamiliar with (possibly Spanish or Portugese). Not only an experimental work for Cave, The Good Son also sets the 1990s off to a flying start for Mr. Cave.
Weighing in at only nine songs, The Good Son is mostly Cave's fabulous balladry. 'The Ship Song,' a successful single release, is a fan favourite and possibly the best ballad he ever wrote. However, the majestic title track, which starts off like tribesmen around a campire and builds to glorious strings, runs it very close.
The few louder moments are almost as good. 'The Weeping Song' (a 'song in which to weep,' of course) is Nick Cave in a more rawkus, but still fairly restrained mood, and with all of the Bad Seeds backing him up superbly, it's a song that gets the heart racing and sends more than a few shivers down the spine.
Nick Cave starts the 1990s in a quieter mood; but the songs are still excellent, and I'd recommend The Good Son to any Nick Cave fan, but especially those who enjoy his later, quieter material. It'd even be worth the money for 'The Ship Song' alone.
Many critics and fans felt Nick Cave had gone a bit soft when they heard The Good Son and there is no argument that it is a far mellower album than it,s predecessor 1988,s claustrophobic and intense "Tender Prey". This was put down to Cave falling in love with Brazilian stylist Viviene Carniero and going through rehab. Whatever prompted this new relaxed Cave it also aided his song writing for The Good Son is consistently superb.
The incarnation of The Bad Seeds for this album included stalwart Blixa Bargeld on guitars, Mick Harvey on bass, guitar, percussion and vibraphone .He also aided Cave with the fulsome string arrangements. Thomas Wylder on percussion and drums and Kid Congo Powers on guitar complete this particular line up .
The album opens with the stately "Foi Na Cruz" -based partly on the Brazilian protestant hymn of the same name which roughly translated means "It was on the cross".The title track is also based on a traditional song , though this time its the African/American song "Another Man Done Gone" which is adapted for the chant like verse. "Sorrows Child" is a truly gorgeous emollient ballad with a lovely string coda.Read more ›
This may not be the best Bad Seeds album but it is definitely something anybody who knows good music should own, whether they are a fan of not.
If you like your music dark, epic, but yet melodic then Nick Cave is for you.
There really isn't one duff song here. Many of the songs could be argued to be the best of his career so far. Particular highlights are Lucy, The Good son and Ship Song. Enjoy ... there are not many albums by any crooner alive as good as this one.
I cannot think of a single artist that can conjure up so many diiferent emotions in a single album. Although I don't believe this is one of Cave's best albums, it does contain some of his best songs, namely "The ship song" and "The good son."
Given that Cave has been around for about twenty years, I haven't yet had a chance to hear all of his back catalogue, but I've heard enough to know that a mediocre Cave song is a damn sight better than most artists at the top of their game.
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I only have a minimal interest in Nick Cave as I find some of his earlier music unlistenable.
This however is like its another artist and has a definite folk sound to it. Read more
With all music (and perhaps all art) it is what is done with form that really matters and here Cave and The Bad Seeds often do too little. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2006 by Levenbridge