Cave and the Bad Seeds
No More Shall We Part
label: WEA / Warner Bros.
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
lives in a dark world, a world inhabited by depressing musical
themes and mournful tunes. He cant sing particularly well,
his band consists of nine "bad seeds" who each look
as though they have better things to be doing and the music they
produce is, at best, mediocre.
So what is
it, then, that makes Nick Cave so appealing? Ive tried to
fathom this out and still dont have any meaningful answers,
save to say that the combination of droning vocals, tinny instrumentals
and slit-your-wrist themes do seem to work... somehow.
ingredient that pulls everything together and stands it up is
Caves writing ability. Not songs in the true sense of the
word, these songs are more like poems, and Cave often delivers
them more like a poet than a singer, whispering to great effect
in "God Is In The House" and trying out words like "I
left by the back door/With my wifes lovers smoking
gun" in "We Came Along This Road".
The new single,
"As I Sat Sadly By Her Side" and other album tracks
like "Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow" also sound great
on No More Shall We Part, which is, incidentally, not half
as depressing as previous album titles like The First Born
Is Dead, Kicking Against The Pricks and Your Funeral...
My Trial. Its good stuff, but it wont break any
ice at parties!