3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: No More Shall We Part (Audio CD)
amount of tracks :12
That cave is a real genius songwriter there is no doubt. but, the frustrating thing for me whilst listening to his work is that for every track that makes your jaw hit the floor in wonder there are plenty more alongside it that are so disjointed that you wonder whether the same artist is responsible! most of his early work is unlistenable to me, being just a racket with no sense of itself. all noise and bluster with no real power, regardless of how good the lyrical imagery is. his later work settled down somewhat and this album is probably his very best. and its his best because half of it is in the area that suits this man best - on slow, introspective numbers. cos when he and his band raise the bar they cannot cut it in my opinion. there are half a dozen lovely songs on this album, the title track itself is a fine peice of work (we'll forgive him slipping out of tune!) 'god is in the house' is also a great track. by far and away the highlight of this album though is 'love letter' - surely one of the greatest peons to love ever written and an incredibly sad and moving peice of music. harrowingly sad in fact! its so frustrating that this guy can hit such heights of songwriting - real premier division stuff - and then in the next instant descend into chaotic bluster. it beats me why he cant see where his true strengths are and capitalize on them. its alright to say that albums need light and shade, but in caves case the quality between the introspective numbers and the 'uptempo' ones are so wide that it makes that argument valueless. another prime example is from his recent 'abbatoir blues' album where only one track, 'hiding all away' saves the album from being a wasteful mess
all caves albums suffer from this malady, some more than others. this is the least affected and therefore the most recommended. what this means is, no matter what, you have to plough through all his work cos theres gems out there and those gems are solid gold and must be heard. tracks like 'love letter' 'weeping song' 'nobodys baby now' - staggeringly beautiful songs, but like i said , you have to trawl through some dross to get there
if this sounds like a put-down, its not meant to be as i consider cave to be one of the most important artists around. but he is so very unpredictable that he makes for truly frustrating listening. as for this album, id give it 5 stars for 'love letter' alone, but cos of this unpredictability and inconsistency, it doesnt warrant more than a 3 star rating as a whole. do, however, seek it out just for the aforementioned tracks, and also go seek out all his other albums cos theres treasures out there! be advised though, the journey is a very rocky one......