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Like a good red wine ...,
By A Customer
This review is from: No More Shall We Part (Audio CD)
As one of those odd creatures who looks forward to each Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release with excitement, this is just another in a long line where disappointment isn't even considered. While "Murder Ballads" wasn't all it could be (still a solid 4-star record) this is Cave at his passionate best.
And Passion is the key word here. Few bands or artists today can bear comparison. Perhaps only Tindersticks and Kristin Hersh could stand at Cave's shoulder when it comes to making records that wear the heart on the sleeve and drown the listener in a mix of tears and sadness, joy and hope, loss and anger.
"No More Shall We Part" is Cave's most accomplished record to date. With the Bad Seeds taking a front-seat role again after a part-time job on "The Boatman's Call", it's the aching violin and firey rythms that push this record along.
There are moment's of intimacy as on "The Boatman's Call" coupled with the fire and brimstone angst of "Henry's Dream". Anyone familiar with Cave's extensive back-catalogue will find reference points to many of his records here. "Hallelujah" and "Love Letter" are both stirring and gorgeous. "God is in the House" is perhaps the core song on the album with a wonderfully biting vocal and lyric.
Of the 12 tracks here none is a disappointment and several tracks are as special as anything in Cave's previous albums. Alongside Low's "Things We Lost In The Fire" and Tindersticks' "Can Our Love", this is the record of 2001.