But moderation has never been Cave's strength, so when he opens fire with the immoderate double barrels of Abattoir Blues and The Lyre of Orpheus , it appears that he intends to fight audacity with audacity.
For the occasion, Saint Nick has again donned his Boatman's Call preacher darks. You can almost taste the brimstone puffing from his nostrils on Abattoir Blues 's opener "Get Ready for Love", which-- in its full-throated gospel-punk regalia-- sounds like it could be the most raucous Blues Explosion track ever.
This unruly blast sets the stage for The Bad Seeds' most varied and dynamic collection in years, an ironic fact considering that this is their first album since the departure of designated avant guardian Blixa Bargeld. I'm not sure when it was decided that double albums now require two titles is this Outkast's fault? Compared to previous Nick Cave efforts, its most prominent new feature is the risky inclusion of a backing gospel choir on several numbers, a maneuver so hackneyed that even U2 has largely abandoned it.
But on tracks such as "Hiding All Away" the extra voices manage to dovetail nicely with The Bad Seeds' more theatrical, over-the-top tendencies-- only the most devoutly secular will find cause to object. Nick Cave's familiar face appeared on the front page of the Brighton Argus, wearing an expression of glowering discomfort.
The year-old singer was throwing his lanky frame behind a plan to grow "hardy plants" around the rusted steel structure: "It's a gamble, but an exciting one - something the community could watch evolve. Long-term Cave fans might find the story equally startling. The artist now apparently known as Rock King Cave has been many things in his career, most of them pretty rum - heroin addict; leader of "the most violent band in Britain", the Birthday Party; playwright, eager to provide "a perpetual onslaught of pornography and violence"; chronicler of mankind's darkest impulses in song - so there's something incongruous about the notion of him as a pillar of the community with a "thing about wisteria".
Viewers of last year's South Bank Show may have felt a similar sensation when the camera showed Cave's "office": a flat that he had clearly declined to redecorate. Judging by the visual evidence, the previous occupant had been a little old lady. Cave chided those who claimed he had "grown soft" since ditching drugs and discovering domestic contentment on 's No More Shall We Part.
However, last year's Nocturama seemed exactly the kind of record that might have been written surrounded by chintz. With the Bad Seeds tastefully restrained and lyrics about lovers rowing boats and dropping gloves in the snow, it sounded like a Merchant-Ivory adaptation of a Nick Cave album. Blender 31 : Archived from the original on 4 December Retrieved 10 January Entertainment Weekly.
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