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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good...But Could Certaintly Have Been Better..., 7 Jan 2008
This review is from: Road to God Knows Where/Live At The Paradiso [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Nick Caves 'Road To God Knows Where / Live At The Paradiso' DVD is set mainly around the release of his 'Henry's Dream' album. So my first piece of advice would be to give that a listen, if you haven't done so already, before purchasing this DVD. Although that isn't to say that this DVD can't be enjoyed without the familiarity of the songs.

As has been previously pointed out by a reviewer, perhaps the main flaw is the fact that the Paradiso concert footage has been shared between two shows. Which means that the live audio track is played over footage of two separate nights performances, cutting during songs between the two. Although this doesn't completely ruin the viewing of the concert, there is always the sense of wishing you could simply watch one show from start to finish without interruption.

Further interruptions occur between songs when the title of each song is presented by someone (presumably Nick Cave himself) writing its title with a black marker on paper. Maybe the structure I've described appeals to you, but if you would like to see a more uncut Nick Cave concert, I recommend 'God Is In The House, taken from the `No More Shall We Part' tour. The choice between the two DVD's also depends on your Nick Cave taste, as there is a large space of time between the two and the Bad Seeds career is certainly never stationary.

And now 'The Road To God Knows Where'!

As a big Nick Cave fan, I found this black and white documentary fascinating and I learnt a lot more about the man and the band from this period of their career. It includes a lot of performances, interviews, backstage footage and Nick dancing in quite a camp manner to Madonna's 'Papa Don't Preach' which is well worth the price for the whole DVD!

The documentary has a very moody feel to it, presenting Nick and the Bad Seeds in a very honest manner. I would understand however if someone who only has a small interest in the band to become bored by it.

I was very close to giving the DVD only 3 stars, but here are a few reasons why I didn't.

1) There is a lot of stuff on the DVD! Two discs worth including a concert (well, two concerts, I guess), a film styled documentary, and a couple of extras to go hand in hand with the documentary.

2) The performances are fantastic; energetic and musically brilliant despite the problems mentioned above.

3) I bloody love it! And if you're a Nick Cave fan who enjoys his work from around this time in his work, I think you will too!
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