Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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From Her To Eternity - This album was a masterpiece, but the title track is the only song that belongs on a compilation like this. Kudos.
The Firstborn Is Dead - Tupelo is the necessary track, and one of Cave's all-time classics. It's here in an edited form, but that was necessary to fit it on the album. Kudos.
Kicking Against The Pricks - Although this album is uniformly excellent, it was an all covers affair, and the songs are not Cave's. It was skipped over for this collection. No bones.
Your Funeral, My Trial - Here we get my first quibbles with the track selection. Where the hell is Sad Waters? Many people consider this to be Cave's best song ever. It should have been included. The Carny... yes, of course; a great and necessary track. Stranger Than Kindness, now, I have always found this to be one of Cave's most overrated tracks, but it's a mainstay in his live set to this day, and appears on this album. It's good, yes, but nothing special. Maybe it's the fact that Cave didn't write it.Read more ›
Nick Cave is an acquired taste, often it's too much for me to handle, but it's darn good...many of Nick's songs seem to be possessed with a sickness, very gothic tunes for murders, cynical strangers, lonely souls, and shadowy devils seem to be his standard...
That said, on with the basic layout...
You get Nick's most known songs...the spooky, haunting horrofests that travel into the most morbid regions of your psyche..."Red Right Hand" is by far the most accessible of these as well as the most accessible song period out of his whole catalog, and no wonder...it is a brilliant mixture of 60s-style organs and arrangements and his smoky croon, telling the methods and plans of Mr. Lucipher himself...it seems to act as an omen more than a celebration. "Tupelo" is pure insanity reflecting apocalyptic imagery while staying away from Biblical judgement seeming to commend the fact that evil will prevail with his saying that the bird will carry "the burden of Tupelo", the music genuinely unique, a feirce rumble and growling demon vocal that only they could pull off. "Stranger Than Kindness" is a wandering trudge thru the remnants of a world that has ceased to exist, reflected in both the sparce country-style rock and the ghostly lyrics. "The Carny" is another unforgettable classic, it [pulls] you into its twisted Flannery O' Connor-esque cavalcade of cicrcus freaks with its dueling vocals and enchroaching 'carnival passing thru the nine gates of hell' music, it gives you a sense of supernatural karma and peril as the dead carny comes back from the grave to get revenge on the ones that abandoned him.Read more ›
You see her face. You smell her hair. Part of you wants to cry out for her love, but that last shot is now whispering to you, telling you to forget her. Maybe you don't have a choice.
Nick Cave is the preacher who not only speaks TO us, but who speaks FOR us, as well - for the late night romantics. "Straight to You", "Nobody's Baby Now", "Into My Arms" and "The Ship Song" all reach in and touch something deep inside.
"Where the Wild Roses Grow" is one of the most haunting and UNUSUAL love songs I've ever heard - a murderous love story. "The Weeping song" is an epic tale.
I've always been surprised that not many people have heard of Nick Cave. That's a shame...
More understandable choises follow, like the Godfearing thunder of "Tupelo", the instant spoken word classic "Red right hand" and of course Nick's micro-epic tale of a dead horse "The Carny".
A couple of ballads are carefully mixed in, like "Into my arms" and "(Are you) the one I've been waiting for?" from the very overrated "The Boatmans's call", but nothing, I say again, nothing from the sublime "No more shall we part".
More classic songs from the mad preacher catalogue can be found, like "The mercy seat", to me still untouchable, for its message about "good and ungood" and its maniacal tension build-up. There is the omnipresent "The weeping song", which can't be left out of any serious Nick Cave anthology, just as his podium-trasher "From her to etirnity". (Being made an instant classic, partly because of the "live" performance in the movie "Wings of desire")
The real surprise is "Stranger than kindness", not much mentioned where Cave dwellers go, but to me still one of the man's most haunting songs.
But with the inclusion of "Henry Lee" and the cheesy Kylie Minogue duet "Where the wild roses grow" the choises become a little too obvious and less serious. Not only are they really not the best Cave has done in general or on the "Murder ballads" album specifically, they occupy space that should be left open for songs that are infinitely more important. What to think of early Cavian art like "The six strings that drew blood" from "The firstborn is dead" LP, "She fell away" or "Saint Huck"?Read more ›
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Great collection and overview of songs by the artist and band; art case with booklet includes great photography of artists, but alas, no lyrics (where have they gone ? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diamonds
One of the great bands of all time...Australian gothic country/jazz/lounge/post-punk and Blues fusion. Read morePublished 5 months ago by CRAZOTOLOGY
these people can't do anything wrong. glorious. "red right hand" alone is worth the price of the cd,Published 10 months ago by scarlett
It's unfortunate that songs like Mercy Seat, Do You Love Me? and Red Right Hand were shortened for this set. They cut out the best verse of Do You Love Me?.Published 15 months ago by dvd-addict91
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have been around for a long time but they have always traveled just below my radar. Read morePublished on September 1, 2012 by Chad Radford
I agree with another reviewer that Nick Cave may be an acquired taste - but oh what treasure awaits the person who "gets" this artist! This CD is jammed pack with favorite songs. Read morePublished on October 4, 2009 by M. Denise
THis music takes a very specific flavor. Takes many listens to get used to. Not like anything else.Published on January 28, 2009 by Brandon J. Haraughty
I bought this entire album for the song 'Into My Arms. It remains the one song from Nick Cave with which I connect. The rest of his music clangs in my head and makes me tired. Read morePublished on September 27, 2008 by Leslie Boor