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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B00418NVLW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Get Ready For Love
2. Cannibals Hymn
3. Hiding All Away
4. Messiah Ward
5. There She Goes, My Beautiful World
6. Nature Boy
7. Abattoir Blues
8. Let the Bells Ring
9. Fable of the Brown Ape
Disc: 2
1. Lyre of Orpheus
2. Breathless
3. Babe You Turn Me On
4. Easy Money
5. Supernaturally
6. Spell
7. Carry Me
8. Children

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Abattoir Blues/Lyre Of Orpheus Digipack version, with new lower price.

Review

"[W]oozy lust anthems and quasi-biblical junk-blues eruptions. With this feast of fearsome rock'n'soul, Beelzebub's favourite lounge singer has returned to claim his throne." 4 stars out of 5 --Uncut

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One of the album's best.
Kurt Harding
I love double albums especially by talented artists who have the capability to present this much material with great lyrics and music that holds one's attention.
cagey
The drums remind me of how music used to (and should) sound.
B.A. Evans

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Johnson on December 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm a new Nick Cave fan. I don't know how he's escaped me so long. I started out with _Boatman's Call_ and couldn't quit listening to it, especially the song _People Ain't No Good_ and _There Is A Kingdom_. His voice and his words equally resonate. The songs themselves read like Donne or Dylan Thomas and speak to a sort of belief that rocks and threatens even as it soothes. I had my doubts that this album could equal Boatman's Call in my estimation--but it equals and surpasses, in many aspects. So many of these songs gave me chills, either of pleasure or fear. C.S. Lewis once said "The business of Heaven is Joy". There's joy in these songs--joy and terror, and longing, and loneliness. Add to that a solid, tooth-rattling rock sense and lyrics that bite like cold iron, and you have a work of stunning beauty.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on October 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Nick Cave seems to have experienced an epiphany, drawing on gospel, rhythm and blues and earthy blues to piece together what is perhaps the most emotionally satisfying collection of his career. For those who are used to the preternatural scowling Nick Cave, this CD may be a disappointment. Why, Nick Cave almost sounds joyous! Yet, the haunting refrains still lurk beneath the surface which is what makes this 2 CD set so memorable.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B.A. Evans on October 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First things first. It has been a decent amount of years since my last "review." The reasons surrounding this tiny truth have to do with time constraints and simple fatigue. I am a 20 year old college student. Those who attend "commuter" colleges can and will agree that, when faced with classes & homework and real work (that pays the bills), it is too easy to become tired. With that said, the sound of this new album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds makes it impossible for me not to review, criticize, and judge (Lest he be judged, yada yada yada).

This double-album is all at once brilliant, beautiful, chaotic, serene, weathered, challenging, murderous, Biblical, loud, fabricated, and true. In fact, it may be too true - hence the contradictions. While Abattoir Blues is manic, sharp fanged, and angry; The Lyre of Orpheus is anger turned into sadness. Together as one this album puts Murder Ballads to shame. The album has a live feel to it and Cave's vocals soar and the music stirs.

I was originally going to do a track-by-track commentary. Since the (double)album is a total of 17 songs I decided to mention the "most important" and, naturally, my favorites...

Abattoir Blues

1. "Get Ready For Love" - Off with a bang. There has not been this noisy of an opener since Henry's Dream. Twisted Gospel. A sure fire sign of things to come.

2. "Cannibal's Hymn" - Spider fingers on the guitar. Cave's vocals melt over this music. The drums remind me of how music used to (and should) sound.

3. "Hiding All Away" - The Birthday Party back from the dead. Anyone who said that the band lost their edge when Blixa left had better shut up and buckle up. To hear Cave scream, "All right now!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Hamilton on December 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ever since the release of The Boatman's Call, Nick Cave has been subjected to a slew of criticism regarding his having "gone soft," "sold out," or what-have-you. I'll grant that the change from the demonic energy of Let Love In or Murder Ballads was pretty dramatic, but I've never had much of a problem with the "new" style -- and I find No More Shall We Part to be a work of absolute genius. However, it is certain that Nocturama was probably the tamest Bad Seeds album yet, dominated by ballads and only occasionally punctuated by outbursts like "Dead Man in my Bed." This is all well and good, but there is no question that the Bad Seeds are a very tight and intense group, and it makes little sense to rein them in too much.

All this climaxed in the departure of integral Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld, German avant-guitarist and frontman of industrial band Einsturzende Neubauten. Quite frankly, when I heard some pre-realeased sound clips from Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, I couldn't hear much besides some gospel choir singing and a few segments of Nick going on about wistaria and juniper, and I sadly assumed that Bargeld was the only person keeping the band's "edginess" together, and that Abattoir/Lyre would be little more than Nocturama's weakest cuts spread out over two, agonizing albums.

Fortunately, I couldn't have been more wrong. The only thing Bargeld's departure seems to have done is convince Mick Harvey to add some chaotic Blixa-esque touches to his guitar work, and Cave himself is clearly at a songwriting peak. Chanelling the sense of bifurcation that made Nocturama seem a little unbalanced, Nick and the Seeds put most of the rambunctious songs on one CD (Abattoir Blues) and the ballads on the other (The Lyre of Orpheus).
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well, Nick Cave certainly knows how to suck you in. The follow-up to 2003's "Nocturama" is a solidly moody creation, a two disc set called "Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus," courtesy of the ex-Birthday Party vocalist and his new band, the Bad Seeds. One minute mellow, the next bombastic -- and it's pretty good stuff.

Certain bands age well, and thankfully Cave hasn't lost his touch. Though only God knows how he manages to churn out an album a year without burning out like a blind moth. Let alone material that is decent in quality -- "Abattoir Blues" is a warped take on gospel music, complete with a thrilling choir in "There She Goes My Beautiful World."

"It's been a strange, strange day," Cave moans in the first disc. But "The Lyre of Orpheus" takes a slightly different tack -- it's sweeter and more playful. After the heavy rock of songs like "Get Ready for Love," the gentle pop of "Lyre" seems positively idyllic. The sprawling 10-minute finale, "O Children," is a spookily beautiful composition that sounds almost prayerlike.

"Nocturama" wasn't the best that Cave and the Bad Seeds could have done. Like a lot of good rock, it was good by objective standards, but not as good as he could've done. "Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus" fixes that -- it's just a resolutely solid album all around.

Whirlwind bass and murky percussion mask the songs of "Abattoir Blues," giving a sort of wild stormy sound. Even the lower-key songs like funky "Cannibal's Hymn" are spooky and weird. Things change quite a bit with "Lyre of Orpheus," such as the opener of "Breathless" -- it's dominated by a gentle acoustic guitar and a flute. In the background of "Carry Me," you can hear what sounds like a piano. The music sounds very textured and complete.
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