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4.5 out of 5 stars
The Good Son [CASSETTE]
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on 16 August 2017
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on 5 October 2017
All good and quick dispatch
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VINE VOICEon 21 April 2006
After spending the 80s both moving and disturbing people with his murder-ballads and murder-rackets, Nick Cave moved to South America to escape the druggy lifestyle to record The Good Son. It appears that the local music - or SOME kind of music at least - rubbed off on him, as The Good Son features several flourishes and instruments you'd not otherwise expect from Nick Cave.

Proving that he can confound you at every turn, The Good Son features choral backing vocals, vibraphones at various points, and the song 'Foi Na Cruz,' written in a language that I'm unfamiliar with (possibly Spanish or Portugese). Not only an experimental work for Cave, The Good Son also sets the 1990s off to a flying start for Mr. Cave.

Weighing in at only nine songs, The Good Son is mostly Cave's fabulous balladry. 'The Ship Song,' a successful single release, is a fan favourite and possibly the best ballad he ever wrote. However, the majestic title track, which starts off like tribesmen around a campire and builds to glorious strings, runs it very close.

The few louder moments are almost as good. 'The Weeping Song' (a 'song in which to weep,' of course) is Nick Cave in a more rawkus, but still fairly restrained mood, and with all of the Bad Seeds backing him up superbly, it's a song that gets the heart racing and sends more than a few shivers down the spine.

Nick Cave starts the 1990s in a quieter mood; but the songs are still excellent, and I'd recommend The Good Son to any Nick Cave fan, but especially those who enjoy his later, quieter material. It'd even be worth the money for 'The Ship Song' alone.
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on 3 May 2017
Absolute masterpiece, darkly beautifull one of my alltime favorite albums!
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VINE VOICEon 9 July 2008
Watching the recent Nick Cave special on BBC4 brought home to me, if indeed it needed bring home, what a phenomenal band the Bad Seeds are. It also started a conversation between my partner and i about what Nick Cave song we would have played at our funerals( We,re jolly like that us) My favourite is "The Mercy Seat", hardly ideal funeral fodder( unless you have a warped sense of humour) , but hers was "The Ship Song" and that led to me re-visiting Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1990 and sixth album The Good Son, from which the "The Ship Song", incidentally the first single released off the album , came from.
Many critics and fans felt Nick Cave had gone a bit soft when they heard The Good Son and there is no argument that it is a far mellower album than it,s predecessor 1988,s claustrophobic and intense "Tender Prey". This was put down to Cave falling in love with Brazilian stylist Viviene Carniero and going through rehab. Whatever prompted this new relaxed Cave it also aided his song writing for The Good Son is consistently superb.
The incarnation of The Bad Seeds for this album included stalwart Blixa Bargeld on guitars, Mick Harvey on bass, guitar, percussion and vibraphone .He also aided Cave with the fulsome string arrangements. Thomas Wylder on percussion and drums and Kid Congo Powers on guitar complete this particular line up .
The album opens with the stately "Foi Na Cruz" -based partly on the Brazilian protestant hymn of the same name which roughly translated means "It was on the cross".The title track is also based on a traditional song , though this time its the African/American song "Another Man Done Gone" which is adapted for the chant like verse. "Sorrows Child" is a truly gorgeous emollient ballad with a lovely string coda. "The Ship Song " is one of the most purely beautiful songs in the Cave canon centred around tender piano , subtle funereal percussion, and some surprisingly delicate vocal backing. As ever with a Cave love song the lyrics are darkly romantic- "Come loose your dogs upon me/ And let your hair hang down/You are a little mystery to me every time you call around".
"Lament" would be the song to weep to on this album if there was,nt actually a song called "The Weeping Song". Essentially a duet with Bargeld providing the vocals of the "Father" this is one of the albums more dramatically strident tracks along with the grisly scowling "Hammer Song" . "The Witness Song" is like the exhortations of a deranged preacher which is not too surprising taking into account it,s traditional American gospel roots. Piano led closer "Lucy" is the one song on the album Cave co-wrote with the rest of the Bad Seeds.
The critics who viewed The Good Son as a sell out for embracing these croon led opulent jewels are missing the point. These songs may not stagger through the wracked old testament landscape of his earlier work but they are brilliant songs none the less. Despite their lush textures these songs are as lyrically and thematically compelling as anything that had come before. Besides, the portents for this were already there in his album of covers "Kicking Against The Pricks". Something had indeed gotten hold of his heart and its from there that this superb album was born.
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on 24 March 2001
This is the album that silenced the critics who still doubted Cave's abilities as well as his own. Marking the next chapter in his life the album may not have the complete power of Tender Prey but will capture and mesmerize you from the first track and is one that you will find yourself going back to in years to come. Some of Cave best songs can be found here, especially 'The Ship Song', which is arguably the best in his entire career to date. The range of emotions that this single album can, and will, generate stands as a testament to the versatility and true talent of Nick Cave.
This may not be the best Bad Seeds album but it is definitely something anybody who knows good music should own, whether they are a fan of not.
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on 28 April 2001
I largely agree with the last review except to say that there is no doubt that this album is definitely Nick Caves best album ... unsurpassed by anything since.
If you like your music dark, epic, but yet melodic then Nick Cave is for you.
There really isn't one duff song here. Many of the songs could be argued to be the best of his career so far. Particular highlights are Lucy, The Good son and Ship Song. Enjoy ... there are not many albums by any crooner alive as good as this one.
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on 1 September 2003
There's not much to say about Nick Cave that hasn't already been said; songwriting genius, musical genius, light years ahead of his peers, all above statements are true. "The Good son" is yet another example.
I cannot think of a single artist that can conjure up so many diiferent emotions in a single album. Although I don't believe this is one of Cave's best albums, it does contain some of his best songs, namely "The ship song" and "The good son."
Given that Cave has been around for about twenty years, I haven't yet had a chance to hear all of his back catalogue, but I've heard enough to know that a mediocre Cave song is a damn sight better than most artists at the top of their game.
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on 16 March 2015
Not one of the best albums from Nick Cave
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on 1 November 2006
With all music (and perhaps all art) it is what is done with form that really matters and here Cave and The Bad Seeds often do too little. So with too many of the songs the often great ideas are not fully realised leaving the listener with a slightly frustrating sense of what could have been. Of course truely original work is very rare and they go on from here to achieve greatness so it would be churlish to levy heavy critism.....and the album contains some gems including the title track and The Ship Song.

It is interesting to see how well The Good Son was reviewed before the band's best work started to appear and perhaps if I had been lucky enough to have been aware of the band at that moment in their development I probably would have not have felt the need to limit this album's rating in the light of the greater wonders that have followed!
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