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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