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Audio, Cassette, March 4, 1997
|1. Into My Arms|
|2. Lime-Tree Arbour|
|3. People Ain't No Good|
|4. Brompton Oratory|
|5. There Is A Kingdom|
|6. (Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For?|
|7. Where Do We Go Now But Nowherer?|
|8. West Country Girl|
|9. Black Hair|
|10. Idiot Prayer|
|11. Far From Me|
|12. Green Eyes|
On The Boatman's Call, Cave's latest collection, the singer-songwriter finds room for the personal, the spiritual, and even the hopeful in his grey psyche. With only the sparest accompaniment--often just a piano or organ, light percussion, and violin (care of Dirty Three's Warren Ellis)--Cave employs traditional folk song structure and simplicity to weave tales saddened less through tragedy as through emptiness. Songs like "Into My Arms" and "(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" are among Cave's most self-assured and soulful to date. Stripped down and grown up--though still ghoulish and grave--Cave the storyteller has turned into something of a vampire Springsteen.
Ultimately, The Boatman's Call sounds like Cave's attempt to poison his cake and eat it too. For a record so resolute in its denial of divinity, The Boatman's Call's obsession with religious themes and imagery might seem contradictory if they hadn't come from someone like Cave, who fancies himself a fallen angel searching for a ladder back to heaven. Where Gothic meets cathedral, there resides, for better or worse, our dark saint Nick. --Roni Sarig
Nick Cave comes full circle with this album.
A good album to listen to when you are depressed, for Mr Cave will make you feel better in the knowing that there is at least one more tormented soul out there.
A suite of understated, brooding pieces on the dissolution of a relationship, this is arguably Cave's most mature work.
Perhaps my favorite Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds LP. Dark, moody, melodious and great lyrics.Published 1 month ago by James M. Surprenant
In my opinion, the best of nick cave- its very emotional and poignant. All the songs are great except for green eyes; I don't know whats going on there.Published 6 months ago by Rich99
I always give Nick Cave 5 stars - I love his music. I needed this album to complete my collection and found it on Amazon, much cheaper then I would in Croatia. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mihaela Vajda
Not my favorite Nick Cave, but some very good tunes in this remix / remastered work. If you only get one Nick Cave, recommend Abattoir Blues or Push the Sky Away. Enjoy!Published 19 months ago by Fritz R
The Boatman's Call is one of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds BEST ever as far as I'm concerned. It's moody and very melodic, something I'd listen to anytwhere but have this fantasy of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Brad Thompson
First, this remaster definitely has a clarity to it that the original CD didn't; I hear things I've never heard before, which makes he upgrade worthwhile to me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by T. Fitzpatrick
... then this CD is highly recommended. Nick Cave's music is very particular, someone likes it and many others do not like it at all.Published on October 24, 2012 by Pablo Miranda Barroso
I admit I bought the Shrek 2 album for his People Ain't No Good song, not knowing who sang it. That led me to his own album.Published on September 15, 2012 by jenni