A brave and interesting idea for an album concept from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. The album is a mixture of both cover versions of traditional songs and original material penned by Cave and the band. It features guest appearances from several people, most famously Kylie Minogue's vocals for the duet 'Where the wild roses grow', and PJ Harvey's on 'Henry Lee'. Murder Ballads is an unusual gem ; the original material is in keeping with the writing style of the older traditional songs, which are delivered in a way that breaths new life and relevance into them, while still keeping their essence in tact. Despite the obviously dark nature of the subject matter, lyrically there is still a sense of humor, and rather than just being out and out morbid, it is an exploration of all the different aspects of death and murder told from a multitude of perspectives including in some cases the victim's. An album to be savored.