- Audio CD (5 Mar. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mute UK
- ASIN: B000LZ6DNM
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,531 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Grinderman is the sound of indie rock legends growing old disgracefully, and that is by no means a criticism. From the opening rant of "Get It On", this is an album with all the menace of an angry drunk, dripping with anger and testosterone (as the surfeit of facial hair in the band's interior photo will attest). It could even be the sound of Nick Cave's midlife crisis, but it doesn't matter, because Grinderman rocks. It's the sound of four musicians having a grand time, turning the volume up to eleven and really cutting loose. For that reason, it's the more upbeat tracks here that are probably the best: "Honey Bee (Let's Fly to Mars)" with its driving electric organ, the primal urgency of "Depth Charge Ethel" and the strutting album closer "Love Bomb". After all the po-faced seriousness he's displayed in recent years, it's good to know that Cave has rediscovered his sense of humour: "I cleaned the sheets on my bed, I combed the hairs across my head, I sucked in my gut and still she said, 'I don't want to'", he sings on "No Pussy Blues", with his tongue firmly in cheek (amongst other places). Simply put, Grinderman is a hoot. --Ted Kord
This album is a 6 Music album of the day
I read somewhere a couple of years ago that Nick Cave dyes his hair, which is kind of cool 'cause he's a rock statesman cowboy murder legend and you need a slick barnet to carry that stuff off. But this guy is now rocking a natty black 'tache that looks like a fat vampire slug creeping around his mouth. Is that a dye job too? Can you trust a fifty year-old dude who dyes his moustache? Either way it looks damn cool, matching this fine album.
Grinderman is a bareknuckle version of the Bad Seeds, with Cave playing electric guitar. Well, I say 'playing'; it sounds more like he's strangling it. Who knew Cave was such a sweet player? Sometimes his licks have a shade of Marc Ribot or Andy Gill - they're cruel and wiry - like a vicious little stoat attacking your kittens.
Cave kicks off the set shouting some splendid nonsense about 'going down to the basement and kicking out all the white mice and the baboons', and then the band start up some skin-blistering noise and they all yell about "getting it on". The cumulative effect is that you can immediately picture yourself at their live show, elbowing like a kickboxer to the front row, all smashed on spiked cider and getting arrested by the end of the first tune. This, friends, is some heavy wailing terror-blues, spat out and stitched up in a corset of righteous pain. It'll make the room rattle and moan and the stairs fall down.
Next up is the first single (and hands down best track) ''No Pussy Blues'', a fierce dirge about getting no loving from some frigid Chihuahua-toting starlet - despite Cave's best entreaties: 'I read her Eliot, I read her Yeats, I tried my best to stay up late, I fixed the hinges on her gate, but still she said she didn't want to. Damn!'.
From then on you get more rabid, hunchback crunch (''Depth Charge Ethel'') a bit of pleasant filler (''Man In The Moon'') and some Lyre Of Orpheus cast-offs (''Go Tell The Women''), but as everyone knows, even on the rare occasions when the Bad Seeds are punching below their weight they still bust your nose across your face like their fists are bricks dipped in gravel and glue. Cave can do no wrong! --P J Lucas
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What a start we get. Nick Cave at his obscene best kicks off the album with "Get it On". This is just totally nuts! It has one of the best lyrics I think I've ever heard - (forgive the stars but this is a family site!) "He drank panther p**s and f****d the girls you're probably married to". Yes don't buy this one for the kids!!! Please! Yes the first time I played this I was rather taken aback even though I'm used to Cave's lyrics (check out "O'Malley's Bar" and "Stagger Lee" on 'Murder Ballads'). Great song though with a buzzing, primitive guitar riff running through it. Next comes the current single "No Pussy Blues", the hilarious tale of an ageing lech trying to....well you don't need me to spell it out do you! Brilliant lyrics which perfectly encapsulate what Cave is all about, he must be the best storyteller through song around.
"Electric Alice" is another good one, but then comes for me one of the highlights of the album. The title track "Grinderman" is one of the best things Cave's come out with in years. This is just about the most primaeval song I've heard in a long time. This song positively sounds like it has just crawled out of the gutter. Fantastic. "Depth Charge Ethel" is another Cave storysong, great stomping start to this, though I'm not sure about the backing vocals. Great riff though.Read more ›
This album is loud, proud and about as subtle as a mugging. As said elsewhere, not for the faint-hearted. Take a splash of the Velvet Underground, mix with a shot of Iggy Pop, throw in some Jesus and Mary Chain then . . . . . ah but wait a minute, isn't that a bit Led Zep? Tom Waits? Neil Young???
Actually it sounds like nothing else out there at the moment and is all the better for it. For having the sheer chutzpah to make this album in this bland era, for making me grin stupidly and shout along in the car, for any number of reasons this is a truly outstanding album. I'd give it six stars if I could.
Mr Cave I salute you!
That said, if you don't enjoy this album you may as well chew your ears off, and if you can't manage that I'll come over and chew them off for you. It's a very good rock'n'roll album with some moments of greatness. Half of the songs I feel should be played in the car at ear-troubling volume and dubious speed, the other half are strangely swampy blues numbers suitable for the very early hours.
Fizzing with fun and energy. Songs clock in at a friendly three and a half minutes average (why can't more bands learn this lesson? Don't get me started...) and Mr Cave's rasp is in fine fettle throughout. It's an album of highlights; you'll have your own favourites after just two listens. Suffice to say it begins and ends with hip-grinding face-punchers, just like great rock albums used to do. 'Love Bomb' does pretty much what it says on the tin; lasciviously lovely with a sado-masochistic guitar tortured throughout.
I was delighted (and I confess a little surprised) to discover that this album is really, really good. The loud, faster songs are never pushed too far, never shouting, always in controll. The quieter, slower songs are the most fantastic laid-back bluesy rock soud you can imagine. There is something of the early Bad Seed days about this - a bit of Saint Huck -but clearly the other band members have more control and haul Cave back from the edge to a more conventional song structure.
Sounds very good very loud.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Booklet insert in the CD consists of one page just.I do not know whether this should be so but I not happy!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Thank you for being brave to do this!
After all the low and poetic and pathetic stuff, this album is straight, rude and powerful. Read more
I've followed Nick Cave since The Birthday Party and love all/most of his work. Wierdly I was enjoying the ballady side of things when this came out and didn't buy it at the time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Skinner