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The Road - Warren Ellis & Nick Cave,
This review is from: The Road (Audio CD)
Nick Cave (The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds & Grinderman) has constantly strayed outside the accepted boundaries of what a rock singer is, or should be capable of - usually this would induce mistrust and disdain but Cave's appearing lack of compromise, yet willingness to understand the mediums in which he has chosen to create, has instead drawn critical acclaim from both the literary and film world.
The Road, co-composed by Warren Ellis (The Dirty Three, The Bad Seeds & Grinderman) is Cave's (I think) fifth soundtrack and third collaboration with Ellis, is haunting, bleak, elegaic and beautiful. Strongly rooted in classicism and based predominantly around piano and strings, the arrangements of which conjures up images of music played within the home, tenative, childlike and passed down, is shockingly brutalised with bursts of violent dissonance and menacing electronica. Only on `The Bath' do we hear the human voice, an eerie, almost lunar drone offering sparse comfort. The score is undoubtedly uneasy and demands repeated listens before revealing it's true power. One of the best contemporary scores I've heard in a long while.