Nocturama Original recording remastered
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Nick Cave formed the Bad Seeds following the end of his previous band Birthday Party. The Bad Seeds brought together former Birthday Party guitarist Mick Harvey (drums), ex-Magazine bassist Barry Adamson, and Einstürzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld. This release is part of a series of twelve releases that ultimately sees the band’s entire catalogue of studio albums digitally re-mastered and remixed for 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time since their original release. Each album is released as a deluxe double-disc collectors edition. Each deluxe edition contains the re-mastered stereo album, the new surround mix, a specially commissioned short film by UK artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard plus the b-sides from the singles, videos and exclusive sleeve notes.
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For me it's the latter. It's pleasant enough, and enjoyable in places, but lacks the guts or the heart of his best work. Highlights like Bring It On work well but you're almost left wondering whether he hasn't worked on the songs as much as he could. There isn't the depth or simplicity of previous work.
If you;re a Cave fan, this is definitely worth buying - it's not a bad album. But for those curious about his work, you're best trying one of his stronger albums.
Standout songs are Wonderful Life, He Wants You and Bring It On (the latter being right up there with Cave's best). However, on a recent play of the album (the first in a few years I'll admit), I was struck by the majestic masterpiece that is the album's epic 15-minute closer Babe I'm On Fire. On first hearing this song appears to be a (rare) piece of Cave over-indulgence, comprising 38 (yes count them!) identical verses, followed by a few interspersed choruses, leading to an initial impression of irritating repetition. But, on subsequent listens this song grows in stature until it achieves the aforementioned classic status. In its gradual increase in intensity, it begins to live in the same league as such other extended epics such as the Velvet's Sister Ray, Yo La Tengo's And The Glitter Is Gone and even Bowie's Cygnet Committee.
The song's wonderfulness is, of course, substantiated by some of the wittiest lyrics Cave has thus far set on paper - each verse just gets funnier and funnier, with Cave stretching the limits of lyricism to achieve some marvellous rhymes. My current favourite is the following:
The athlete with his hernia says it
Picasso with his Guernica says it
My wife with her furniture
Babe, I'm on fire
Marvellous stuff. Oh, and if this wasn't enough, there are backing vocals on this song (and two others on the album) from legendary Blockheads, Messrs Jankel, Watt-Roy, Gallagher and Turnbull.
Bring It On is a strong rock ballad, Still In Love with its moving lyrics is another slow jewel as is There Is A Town with its mournful chorus. The masterpiece of the album is Rock Of Gibraltar, an exquisite love song where Cave rhymes "Gibraltar" with "alter", "Malta" and "altar." This is a melodic and lyrical classic, ranking amongst Nick's very best compositions.
I don't see how some reviewers can dismiss this album as a failure when it contains so many superb songs with intelligent, moving lyrics and memorable tunes, including She Passed By My Window. Yes, the last track Babe, I'm On Fire is five minutes too long but this isn't a bad song, just too raw and too long. Nocturama is a great work and it deserves four stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent service delievered promptly for a classy album by a genius artist. Recommended if you appreciate quality in your music.Published on 3 Jun. 2013 by Fnpig
No, sorry people, I love Nocturama. Eventhough it is not as cohesive as previous releases and the songs don`t really fit together, i do feel the songs individually are really... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Oostrijck
I cannot describe this album better than Chris Barrett does in the Amazon review.
I didn't think Nick could better Boatman's Call, which I adore, but this is up there with... Read more
This is not an unlikable album. However, given the time lavished on his previous two masterpieces this one is quick and dirty by comparison. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2010 by John Rafferty
Don't know how this one escaped me, but glad I did find it, somewhere in between dig lazarus dig and 15 feet of pure white snow. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2010 by palo alto
A more diverse and uplifting album would be hard to imagine with fabulous Cave songs interwoven with the unique creativity of The Bad Seeds who remain one the finest rock bands in... Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2008 by Levenbridge
This is probably caves 2nd best album, THE BOATMANS CALL is a masterpiece, some of the reviews on here have not got a clue, go back and listen again and take in this intoxicating... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2008 by Mr. S. Holloway