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Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2008
Nick Cave's fourteenth album finds him trading in the gothic romanticism of his previous work for a swampy, sleazy garage-rock-influenced sound. Taking some of its cues from Cave's recent 'Grinderman' side project and some of the wild border country atmospherics of his soundtrack work with Bad Seed Warren Ellis, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! is markedly more upbeat but no more compromising for that. Murky and apocalyptic, the album features extended semi-spoken rants from Cave over spooked, often complex arrangements of angular guitars, organs, rattly percussion and ominous basslines.

There's something of Tom Waits or even Tricky about some of the ambience and arrangements, the Bad Seeds pulling out all the stops to create cinematic landscapes to Cave's own tales of brawlers, bawlers and bastards (to quote Waits). Cave is a singular talent seemingly liberated by some of his recent tangents, but the Seeds almost steal the show here, each track a little movie reel in itself. Those looking for the classic Cave ballad might be put off by Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!'s rawness of mood and mildly pornographic lyrics, but no-one can complain with songs as strong as 'Jesus Of The Moon' or 'Midnight Man'. It's not supposed to be like this, rock stars (or whatever you call someone like Nick Cave) aren't meant to hit career highs in their fifties, making some of their most innovative and evocative music fourteen albums in.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
To the converted a new Nick Cave album is an event to savour. It's the good meal at the end of a hard day. It's the fine wine held up to the light. The old, weather beaten leather jacket that you just can't bear to commit to the charity box.

Good news then for the congregation. The preacherman is back in town! In a career spanning three decades Mr Cave seems incapable of putting a foot wrong. 14 albums which have mapped the territory of a life lived on the edge (50 is no bad thing by the way-trust me!) coalesce in a new collection of eleven songs of magisterial confidence and quality.

The mood is predominantly upbeat, muscular and electric (the hairy excesses of Grinderman lurk in the wings).

Chugging guitars, wheeling organ and thundering percussion carry our secular evangelist along on a bright wave of musical and lyrical mayhem.
With the exception of the more tender and reflective 'Hold on to yourself' and 'Jesus of the Moon' we are drawn into the dark energy of a man and his band performing at the very height of their powers.

Wave that ragged bible in the air, lock up you daughters and raise your glass to one of the finest albums to have appeared so far this year !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 2 March 2008
This album is fantastic. It's a dark and brooding masterpiece, as is to be expected from Nick Cave. The sound is slightly different to the last few albums, more raw and bluesy (similar to some tracks on Abattoir Blues, but more punchy and in-your-face), yet the swagger is still there and the confidence Cave exudes as he spits, raves and preaches through these songs.

Each of these songs is a story, intense and moody, yet there's a black charm and humour that gradually reveals itself after repeated listens. The lyrics are very good too and Cave's delivery is spot on, as he questions existence, deals with sex and drugs, and talks of love.
The album is fast-paced and exhilarating, up until 'Jesus of the Moon', where the rocking tempo is replaced by a poignant piano. This is one of the best songs on the album, along with 'We Call Upon the Author' (which has a very cool breakdown in the middle). The pace slows again for the album closer, the epic 'More News From Nowhere'.

There is much to appreciate here, from the strength of Cave's storytelling to the way the band gel and play off one another. This is rock n roll at its best. Buy it now! 4.5 stars.
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on 17 March 2008
Even if you already have the album, this single is worth it for 'Accidents Will Happen', which for my money is as good as anything on the LP. 'I used to be down with the faithful,man, now I'm hanging with the Doubting Thomases' is now one of my favourite Cave lyrics, and the song also features a great piece of crappy guitar playing, presumably courtesy of Nick himself. I can't understand why this didn't make it onto the LP in place of one of the more mediocre tracks like 'Jesus of the Moon'
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on 20 October 2009
Simple review this one, the album is fantastic so go and buy it! Every track is strong in its own way and the overall result pushes on from other recent stuff from Nick Cave (like the dark and slightly fitful Grinderman). The boppy stuff doesn't sound commercial either, which is a feat few manage successfully. I went straight out and plugged a few gaps in my back catelogue, only to slighty regret my enthusiasm when they arrived and I played them... but that's for another review...
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I really like this album, it took a bit of time for all of the tracks but some are superb. Had the advantage of hearing most of them live just after the album release which may have helped. And I really liked the Grinderman project too so the grungier element is not off putting. Only four stars because it is not my first choice of Nick Cave's albums to play when looking for some music to listen to. Still great though.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2008
Excellent music but I was dissapointed by the lack of photos in the booklet. Yes it does contain the lyrics but that's it!!! There are NO extra WRITINGS and the ONLY photos are on the cover. Hmmmm. Misleading title by Amazon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2008
Nick Cave's fourteenth album finds him trading in the gothic romanticism of his previous work for a swampy, sleazy garage-rock-influenced sound. Taking some of its cues from Cave's recent `Grinderman` side project and some of the wild border country atmospherics of his soundtrack work with Bad Seed Warren Ellis, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! is markedly more upbeat but no more compromising for that. Murky and apocalyptic, the album features extended semi-spoken rants from Cave over spooked, often complex arrangements of angular guitars, organs, rattly percussion and ominous basslines.

There's something of Tom Waits or even Tricky about some of the ambience and arrangements, the Bad Seeds pulling out all the stops to create cinematic landscapes to Cave's own tales of brawlers, bawlers and bastards (to quote Waits). Cave is a singular talent seemingly liberated by some of his recent tangents, but the Seeds almost steal the show here, each track a little movie reel in itself. Those looking for the classic Cave ballad might be put off by Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!'s rawness of mood and mildly pornographic lyrics, but no-one can complain with songs as strong as `Jesus Of The Moon' or `Midnight Man'. It's not supposed to be like this, rock stars (or whatever you call someone like Nick Cave) aren't meant to hit career highs in their fifties, making some of their most innovative and evocative music fourteen albums in.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2008
I am a big Nick Cave fan - if you like NCATBS you tend to love them, and have enjoyed this album. While it's good, I hate to say it but it really isn't up there with their best. The side project Grinderman last year was fantastic, Tender Prey, Abattoir/Lyre, Let Love in and No More Shall We Part all in different ways show case them at their best - from their most melodic to their rawest. There are a couple of great tracks on this, and its great if the good reviews and commercial success draw more people into Nick's strange world, but we should recognize it for what it is - fun, but I'm not sure how hard they were really trying?
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on 20 May 2009
Made the purchase on the back of listening to the title track on the radio. It is all brilliant (apart from track 4). Never even considered buying Nick Caves stuff before but now I am truly hooked.
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