4.0 out of 5 stars
Brutal, Dark and Moving, 11 Jun. 2007
This was an impressive effort from Nick cave and the Bad Seeds and a testament to their truly unique style. One of the quite striking things about this album is that compared to more sombre releases such as No More Shall We Part, it is probably the most approachable of their works to date for first time listeners. By this I mean that while many albums have a track which is disticntly 'radio friendly' (not strictly a mark of quality) and likely to be released as a single, a majority of the songs earlier on this album possess a similar punctuality in both rhythm and energy. There are also some slower pieces, particularly The loom of the Land and Christina the Astonishing but for the most part they are guitar driven rock songs.
The lyrics deal with many of the themes found in earlier albums. These include religion, alcoholism and poverty, strewn with blood stained, sinister, cynical and in places truly surreal imagery and delivered with wit and an inimitable sincerity. The songs are for the most part fairly short but consist of an elaborate array of instrumental styles and combined with the lyrics convey an epic and sometimes quite beautiful quality. A must have for any Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds fan old or new.