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Murder Ballads ~ Nick Cave
Murder Ballads ~ Nick Cave
7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 20 Mar 2001
This album is an assortment of covers and originals. My understanding is that the tracks were collected over a number of years, and have been gathered together here as an album of murder ballads.
There are some great songs on this album, but there are also weak tracks - O'Malley's Bar goes on for aeons and other tracks like Crow Jane sound like they could have been around since The Firstborn is Dead (not necessarily a bad thing, but this doesn't help the album to gel as a whole).
Much has been made of fact that, in spite of it's morbid subject matter, this album is riddled with black humour - true, but this may be found in subtler forms in all of Nick's work. Some songs sound like… Read more
Hits ~ The Birthday Party
Hits ~ The Birthday Party
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless!, 6 Nov 2000
Charting the band's evolution from the depraved nursery rhymes of Mr Clarinet and Happy Birthday to the harsh swamp-blues of their later work, this album is absolutely essential. Cave's violent lyrics draw from the bible and the deep south, pursuing themes that have run throughout his subsequent career with the Bad Seeds. Mick Harvey's drumming flies off at tangents, leaving Tracy Pew's lurching bass to keep the rhythm pounding on. Rowland S Howard's scratchy guitar scrawls add another layer of chaos to the mix. This is the sound of a band whose sheer attitude and inventiveness have yet to be equalled.