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4.7 out of 5 stars
From Her To Eternity
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2009
When this album was produced Nick Cave was something of a Pete Doherty style enigma, talented but beyond the boundaries and seemingly unlikely to last too much longer. Set against that it is perhaps possible to attempt a guess at where this album comes from, the band seem like they are trying to beat (or maybe bludgeon) the form into something that fitted with their particular, peculiar creativity - the result sounds like artists with writers block who are using semtex, LSD and jack hammers to address the problem - not, you are maybe thinking, the makings of a great work of art but then I'm not so sure.

The thing is, this album is like nothing you have ever heard before, so you can't just dismiss it. It is difficult to either criticise it or even to compare it to anything else, it is astonishing, uncompromising and shocking. Do I like it? Well yes, very much, but I don't really know exactly why, and when I first listened to it I hated it, without really knowing why that was either. I guess I like this in the same way that a rabbit likes headlights, it is menacing but mesmerising and deep.

In terms of the individual tracks it is possible to pick out highlights (Cabin Fever, St Huck, From her to Eternity) but really if the album works it is as a single, heavyweight statement of disenchantment with love, creativity, life and god knows what else - if I am honest I really don't understand what Cave and the Bad Seeds are trying to say or do here, maybe they didn't either.

Anyhow if you decide you like (or even adore) this album I wouldn't go on and recommend it to your friends, they will mostly think you have gone balmy if you do, and any that don't will probably have themselves sectioned fairly soon afterwards.

So why give it 5 stars? How about because its there?
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2000
The 3 stars are for interest value as much as anything else. This is a messy, noisy, clangy album. The band doesn't seem to know where it wants to go at this point, but if you liked The Birthday Party you'll like this as well. There is a lack of discipline in evidence on some of the songs e.g 'Wings off Flies', 'The Moon is in The Gutter' and 'A Box for Black Paul' don't seem to go anywhere, although the latter is quite poetic. The Elvis cover, 'In the Gehtto', is an unexciting ballad which sits uncomfortably with the punky mixture. However, there are compensations. The cover of Cohen's 'Avalanche' is great, and really evil sounding. There is 'Well of Misery' an early stab at the dirty raw blues the Bad Seeds excel at. The song 'Saint Huck' is also an enjoyable racket with a message. Then the song 'From Her to Eternity'is an undoubted tense masterpeice. So if you only like Cave tuneful, don't bother with this album, but if you like a lot of noise and energy with little finnese this is for you.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2010
I love this album. Raw and direct. Buy it to see where the great, later stuff came from!
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