As the duo who made this extraordinary album admitted, it was an exercise in reconstruction,not covering other Murder Ballads but writing songs in that style about actual murderers. and so, you get serial killers "Little Wylie Harp", lynchings, from the victim's point of view "Jesse Washington" and from the perpetrators' "Tupelo Mississippi 1936", crimes of passion "Madeleine, 1796", even a song about the "Original Zorro" "Joaquin Murietta, 1853".
The music is varied and more than complements the subject matter and period. The lyrics refrain from gloating or excessive detail but are unstinting and also fit the subject matter.
It is an unqualified success in all quarters, with colour, atmosphere and "feel" by the truckload. Even the production enhances and adds to the quality.
I do not know if Nick Cave knows about this. But he should be told