Nick Cave CD review [Anti]

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Nick Cave CD review [Anti]
Feb 11, 2003, 16:25


The15-minute gallop of “Babe, I'm On Fire” justifies the embrace of the Bad Seed's 12th release since forming in 1984, and that's just the start. Coming off of the limited And No More Shall We Part, this thing is alive with fire, charm and harm. What makes this Cave's best since The Boatman's Call is the pathetic love starvation of “He Wants You,” the optimistic swagger and strut made of the pensive piano solitude of “Wonderful Life” and the absolute love-song poetry of “Rock of Gibraltar.”

The band gets more solid as the years pass; “There is a Town” is driven by Mick Harvey's nimble, simple guitar chord and carried by a—fuckit, it's okay—click track to help the impressive drum beat.

The production comes with help from Nick Launey, who also worked with Cave on the “Release the Bats” single in the early 80s Birthday Party.

While Cave continues to convey the image of an over-educated and sometimes pretentious “artist,” his work betrays his reality, one in which the insufferable is endured and longing is treasured as the equal of love.

Most of Cave's non-musical projects are inevitably failures, from the pompous novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, to his acting attempts (don't bother). And the live show, once grand, is no more after the departure in early 2003 of Bargeld. The dynamics that equated explosion left with him and the brief U.S. tour was weakened for it. No longer will Cave be a must-see until he redeems himself in that arena. He is a hero, though, when it comes to writing truly nocturnal songs and singing them with a desperate sincerity. His intensity and emotional ferocity continue to ensure his enigmatic grace. Nocturama is one more testament to his dark gift. [Anti]


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