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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Lovely CreaturesWhen Nick Cave experienced the tragedy above all tragedies as a parent in 2015, it would be no surprise that all artistic output would be set on hold. This compilation was in the process of being finished, but was yielded maybe because the need of finishing Skeleton Tree that came out last year.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‎– Skeleton TreeIt will cause no great controversy if I say that Nick Cave has been writing about love and death for most of his career. If The Birthday Party were the gleeful rictus grin of the Grim Reaper, then later work with the Bad Seeds saw him embrace grief as a response, rather than savage laughter.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky AwayLast summer whilst I was living it up in my small way in the south of France, celebrating true heat and the glories of car-crash-like French music spectacles which dominate the season of the votive festivals, I was utterly unaware of the fact that just half an hour away, down a treacherous twisty road lined with diseased plane trees, some of my most revered musical artists were completing the record I shall now attempt to tell you about.

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus

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Abbatoir Blues - sleeve detailNo question has ever divided the civilised world more than this one: “What did you think of Nocturama?” For every devotee willing to bask in the righteous glory that was “Bring It On”, there’s a hater who’s all too keen to remind you of the less-than-spectacular “Rock Of Gibraltar”. Me? Well, I liked it. Except for “Rock of Gibraltar”, obviously. That was shit. That said, if a band with a career as long and varied as Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have only managed to record one song in that whole time that makes me reach for the Skip button, they’ve gotta be doing something right. It also means this review isn’t going to be particularly impartial.

And then Blixa Bargeld left. Surely it must all have been over at that point? But no. Like

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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part

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No More Shall We Part - sleeve It occurs to me as I listen to this new effort by Nick Cave that I might like to have never heard of him. In fact I add up the years and it has been at least nineteen since I first did so. I think I have loved him ever since. No one is able to express such ugliness and cynicism in such a beautiful way. I am sure that he has been responsible in part for the viceral red-tinged view that I take on love and devotion. Always just one fine line between loving and loving to death. Always a proof in poetry that love and hate are nearly the same thing. That there is a matrimony between life and death which will almost never be denied by hope or

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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – The Best of…

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The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsThere’s a problem I always have with “Best Of” albums. To me, at least, they always bring to mind images of motorway service stations, racks filled to overflowing with Greatest Hits, The Very Best Of, or, worse, The Best (insert allegedly zeitgeist-defining noun here) Album in the World, Ever!. They suggest something a little too posthumous, a little too much like an obituary- “Here are their best songs- forget the rest and forget the future!” But the Bad Seeds? I mean- the Bad Seeds? The wonderfully shambolic, beautifully idiosyncratic Bad Seeds, inventors of a whole new brand of suave; lounge for lifers, uneasy listening? Where do you begin?

Well, with “Deanna”, obviously- rockabilly heaven by way of

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