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Pounding the Lecturn into Saw dust Caesars
on 14 February 2014
A brilliant jig along with a poked eye slithering on the end of a pointed stick as the small town lives of tumbleweed blow across a prairie wind evoking the blank desert in a series of song blasts. Cave takes the gospel stance of the pulpit being bashed and splintered in galloping tunes where he evokes the Dream. But as always these peter out into a dark night mare. However this is not all Faulkner and gothic weirdness.
Straight to you is a love song which runs straight edged into something positive occuring on a Nick Cave album, a song untainted with the whiff of necrophilia. Whilst the cup being empty is another crowd roarer as he retreats back to the lecturn albeit leaning over the ledge and sinking into despair. the lyrics operate as a narrated rapport about life brimming over into nihilism. Penniless the desire to lock away heartache is rendered in prose.
Christina the Astonishing brings to the fore an early Catholic Saint, the patron saint of lunacy - someone who died at 21 and who became resurrected with stories about life after death. Eventually she lived until 74 after smelling the sin in the other person. A paen to the surreal leads to "when I first came to this town." A beautiful haunting song which could have been sung by Glen Campbell way back in the 1970's except the sense of doom and foreboding hovers like a heavy BO scent throughout the whole blast of strings and slide guitar. The clicking cowboy boots are forever spurred onwards to the next hope after the world is shattered within the present. Reminds me of the book "Of mice and men."
Then it is up onto the floor to throw the bodies around to John Finn's wife, a song which is waiting to be born as it hits the ribs of a murder ballad brimming with lust and paranoia. Loom of the Land is heartfelt paen however to necrophilia as a man plots to murder his girlfriend through seduction. Finally Jack the Ripper shows how a woman can erupt into toxicity as a relationship has soured into recriminations, paranoia, violence and mutual abhorrence.
So within this opus Nick preaches, pleads and cajoles the listener by cupping his hand to the ear and bellowing his inner madness.