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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I didn't think Nick could better Boatman's Call, which I adore, but this is up there with it.
Interesting that Chris Barrett uses the word mesmerising in his review, because that is the word that also springs to my mind when I listen to Nocturama.
It has more variation of pace than Boatman's Call, but every track is brilliant.
I am so glad I discovered Nick Cave. How did I live without him before?
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.
There are some huge songs here - "Wonderful life" is without doubt one of Cave's best yet, and there are numereous others where the creative processes have come together wonderfully including "Bring it on" and "still in love". There is simply not a bad track on the album - even the often critised and without doubt self indulgent 15 minute "Babe I'm on fire" has it's own charm - when you are in the right mood - it works best for me when I'm in the kitchen drinking too much whilst creating really great chilli con carne.
Well it really is fair to say that no rock collection is going to be complete without this album, it is not really like anything else Cave & the Seeds have done but is up there with their best work.
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.
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