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5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album, 3 Feb 2012
This review is from: Junkyard (Audio CD)
It`s strange how the Birthday Party got better and better with each album. Usually a band makes a classic debut album and their albums after that are never as good. Starting from the Boys Next Door in 1979, their debut album and the Birthday Party`s albums up to 1981 were not good. Occasionally they had one or two good songs on early albums such as "Shivers" on the Boys Next Door debut album and "Nick The Stripper" on Prayers On Fire, but it wasn`t until 1982 when Junkyard was released that they finally did an album where every song on it is a classic. This album`s brilliant and very original sounding. There`s something in it for almost every fan of non commercial music. There`s punk, goth, grunge (note: 5 years before Nirvana started) and even blues. Even the Birthday Party`s material after Junkyard (Mutiny, Release The Bats) was brilliant too, possibly not as good as Junkyard but still great. And it`s probably best that the Birthday Party split up when they did because Nick`s first solo album and his Bad Seeds stuff after that is all crap. I`m glad that the Birthday Party`s name is not associated with Bad Seeds music. So i think it`s best that the Birthday Party split up when they did in 1983. But, again, Nick Cave got better later on down the track when he did the band Grinderman. Grinderman are fantastic and if you like Junkyard/ Mutiny? Release The Bats era of the Birthday Party, then you`ll also love Grinderman. Try and track down the 2 Grinderman albums before they become hard to find. Unfortunately Grinderman just split up and, i know it won`t happen, but i now hope that Nick Cave reforms the Birthday Party (unfortunately Withoue Rowland Howard R.I.P) and dumps the Bad Seeds. If you only want one Birthday Party album then get this one.
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