Gone is the angry, humorous cynic whose venom and bile touched even his lighter moments. His deep, taunting ambivalence about Christ and Christianity in general is gone, vanished into a maturity that ponders spiritual things contemplatively. Humor that pokes fun at "churchianity" remains, but not as a source of inspiration.
Over these 12 tracks, Cave has taken the broken heart -- so openly exhibited on The Boatman's Call -- and elevated it to the place where he has learned to live, and to speak from as both an artist and a human being. If this album is about anything, it is about love's ability to survive in the world. It is examined concretely and abstractly; to the point where it meditates on this theme even cinematically.
There is powerful emotion here, spiritual, psychological, and romantic, without a hint of the sentimentality that would make it false. As both a singer and a songwriter, Cave 's work has been transformed into something so full of depth, color, and dimension that there is simply no one except his mentors working on this level in popular music.
The title track is a ballad that could have been lifted from The Boatman's Call , except it lacks the reaching tragedy. The record closes with two of Cave 's most beautiful songs: a near country gospel waltz called "Gates to the Garden," with the McGarrigles sweetening an already lovely tome to redemptive love, and finally, "Darker with the Day," illustrated by Harvey 's striking pianistic ballad framework touched by Bill Evans ' technique.
This is as strikingly autobiographical as Cave has ever been, highlighting the extremes of good and evils that inform and torment the protagonist's inner emotional life in a single day. Who can argue with him?
Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Additionally, Cave's lyrics are less obscure than usual, and he sings in a wider vocal range than he had previously, reaching alto on several tracks.
A limited-edition version included a bonus disc with two extra tracks, plus multi-media CD-ROM files the 2 bonus tracks also appeared on the UK double 12" vinyl pressing of the album :.
The bonus disc also includes an enhanced section featuring lyrics, photo gallery, biography, album discography, interview, and internet links. The NMSWP part project is a testimony of Stefanos Rokos' personal proposal for a dialectic to be developed between two artistic forms- those of painting and songwriting, which have all along constituted the very core of artistic expression and creativity. Nick Cave said about the paintings: "It was extraordinary to stand in the studio and see the paintings for real — the grandeur of them, with all their congested details and terrifying blank spaces.
I feel connected to the essence of them. I feel they are very close to the way I write lyrics — intense bursts of memory, ecstatic detail, sudden erotics, esoteric imagery; the forging of frozen narratives that hover about like dreams, haunted and strange and life-affirming.
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