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Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B0014DBZT2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Last seen under the gleeful guise of 2007's Grinderman, a no-nonsense rock 'n' roll excuse to head down to the basement and shout, now Nick Cave returns to his full time Bad Seeds co-conspirators for this release. "Grinderman was deliberately spare and the concepts were pretty simple," explains Cave. "With 'Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!' we allowed ourselves to get expansive." It picks up where Grinderman left off, filled with Stoogified electric guitar, driving beats, and Cave's literate, seductive, and firmly tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! finds Nick Cave back at the helm of his long-term band The Bad Seeds after some impressive soundtrack work--2005's The Assassination of Jesse James--and a busman's holiday in the raw, rocking Grinderman. As the title suggests, Lazarus finds Cave returning to familiar themes of God and redemption, although some of the raw poise and wild-eyed humour that resurfaced in Grinderman remains: take the opening title track, which retells the Biblical story of the resurrection of Lazarus as transposed onto the sleazy, poverty-stricken backdrop of modern-day New York City. Musically, the likes of "Moonland" and "Night of the Lotus Eaters" have a swampy feel, all skittering drums, simmering bass and smoky organ riffs; elsewhere, there are rockers that tie on dissonant guitars without losing their dissonant touch ("Lie Down Here"). Probably the album highlight comes with "We Call Upon the Author", a sprawling, "Sister Ray"-like chugger that shows off Cave's skill for magnificent, sung-shouted narratives: "Now mixamatoid kids roam the streets, we've shunned them from the greasy grind/The poor little things, they look so sad and old as they mount us from behind". --Louis Pattison

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
By monte
Format:Audio CD
The prolific Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have been refining and revitalising their music for decades but have not reached the end of their inventiveness yet. Severely cutting back on the trademark wailing violin and spooky piano - and with a noticeable dearth of songs about dead girls - "Dig, Lazarus Dig!!!" is rockier and funnier than the "Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orheus" offering Abattoir Blues / Lyre of Orpheus.
That 2004 dazzling double opus would have left lesser bands gasping for creative oxygen, but their thirteenth studio LP rather suggested a band with limitless artistic energy and endurance.
There's a sense of fun here - not always a mainstay of the previous 13 Bad Seeds albums - but we're back to Cave the poet, Cave the laconic chronicler, and he's being a bit more flowery about the rude stuff.
With much of the energy of the grungier "Grinderman" project Grinderman Cave et al explored last year, "Dig" is stuffed with all the literary, biblical and mythological jumble fans can usually expect.
If there is a trademark Bad Seed sound, it is most apparent in "Jesus of the Moon", in which Cave's talent for emotive narrative is accompanied by elegant flute.
As verbose and intellectual as it is scary and unsettling, "Dig" is a baffling, dark masterpiece in which Cave deliberately sets out not to deliver the sweet tones of the piano or the guitar chords which massage the pleasure centres of the psyche.
Instead we get rock constantly verging on dissonance, with squalls of sound and numbing basslines.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The album Grinderman should have been May 12, 2008
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Before the release of Grinderman, I remember getting all excited reading that Nick Cave was coming out with hard rocking album. Unfortunately, the CD didn't live up to my expectations, it struck me as more of a throwaway than a committed project. But at least I didn't have long to wait for the real goods. Dig Lazarus Dig is everything I had been hoping for in a rocking Nick Cave release, full-fledged songs, fun yet biting lyrics, a diversity of musical styles, moments of pensiveness and beauty, and oh yeah, it really really jams. Welcome back, Nick!

I don't understand why some reviewers are knocking this album. This, to me, is not the sound of Nick Cave in a rut, this is the sound of Nick and the Bad Seeds revitalized. We all love Nick Cave the twisted balladeer, the lounge singer with the dark tortured soul of an Ingmar Bergman, the pensive Nick Cave of The Good Son, Murder Ballads, The Boatman's Call, No More Shall We Part and The Lyre of Orpheus/Abbatoir Blues, but staying in that same mode ad infinitum would have constituted the true rut. It was time for a change, and Lazarus indicates a deviation in focus I ardently applaud, even if it turns out to be for one album only. Nick's characteristic snarl is still here, but he seems to be having more fun this time around. Does that make some of the lyrics less deep than what we're accustomed to? Maybe, but that doesn't mean they're not every bit as intelligent and literate and black as before. Nick has opted for a more absurdist lyrical style on several of the songs, going off on bizarre tangents while spinning his characteristically sardonic narratives, and frankly I'm not always sure what the hell he's singing about, but the results are damned entertaining nonetheless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great new album June 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps re-energized by the Grinderman project, this album finds Nick Cave and company picking up the pace a bit from the last few Bad Seeds albums.

I disagree with the (semi) negative reviews. I appreciate the fact that he mixed things up a bit and think the song-writing and lyrics are still top notch.

Can't wait for the tour!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Keene
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't think Cave and the Bad Seeds can top this. but then I didn't think he could top his last double album. This album is psychological, literary and biblical and sounds great. There some very good reviews here on Amazon and I can't add anything new.

If you know Cave's music you better own this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been album of the year 2008 February 15, 2011
By BobW
Format:Audio CD
The strongest effort so far by Nick and Seeds. Every song is an A++ winner - 'More News From Nowhere' has got the best bass line I've heard a hell of a long time (Grinderman's 'No Pussy Blues' bass line ain't too shabby, neither). I've had DIG!!! on my iPod since I bought it and haven't taken it off since - that's 3 years. GREAT STUFF..
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig It!!! May 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have just released the best record of 2008, their first in nearly four years. Dig!!!Lazurus!!!Dig!!! is number fourteen in their canon and though some of Nick's albums tend to be a bit uneven, albeit brilliant in a scattered kind of way, this new release captures him and The Bad Seeds at their mature, informed best. This is undoubtedly one of their most cohesive, coherent, and beautifully engineered albums yet. But don't think for a minute that this one doesn't rock. Just because Nick recently turned 50, time hasn't slowed him or his bandmates. Drawing upon the raw energy of last year's raucous Grinderman collaboration seems to have infused the Bad Seeds with a power and freedom not seen in years; not seen, in fact since 1994's Let Love In. From the opening title track Dig Lazarus Dig with its irresistible, insistent beat until the smooth groove of the finale More News From Nowhere, there isn't a weak song, not even a weak moment to be found. I must make special mention of the beseeching scorcher We Call Upon The Author, undoubtedly the album's apogee, and of a personal favorite Lie Down Here, a throwback sound to the mid 60's with a screeching lead guitar with The Bad Seeds providing vocal support behind Nick's snarling lead. I could go on mentioning individual cuts that stand out-all but a couple are immediate grabbers- but the whole of the project sustains and creates a dark, irreverent mood that is simultaneously loud, exciting, and full of unexpected turns. Amid some of the album's reined in and controlled ambient noise there is a dark humor loosed, certifying that Nick Cave more than understands the world we live in, and like a prophet he undermines America's cultural landscape while exploring its soundscapes. In short,... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great job
Published 2 days ago by Lee Lovas
5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave!
Nick Cave! My favorite musician. A tremendous work of art. The album title is a bit of a clue to the torment inside.....
Published 4 months ago by Kurk Schoner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Nick's Lighter Albums
I've only listened to this a few times through, but like most Nick Cave work, it has its ups and downs. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fritz R
5.0 out of 5 stars When the myths rise up through the skin of the world...
The first time that I heard this album I fell into it almost as I would into a good book. The narrative is complex, but clear. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joy M. Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars SHORT and SIMPLE
No over blown review from me. Lifelong Nick Cave fan. Not to impressed with the Seeds last two albums, a little to mellow for my tastes. This album ROCKS with a capital R! Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by J. Springer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
After listening to this pick, I was a bit more upbeat and motivated than a normal listening of this artist's previous work. Read more
Published on June 9, 2009 by K. Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars nick and the bad seeds do it again
Dig Lazarus Dig is a great addition to any Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds collection. It is a little more up tempo than earlier releases but awesome non the less. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by USsugar
4.0 out of 5 stars Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! being the 2008 release and the 14th studio album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and songs that stand out on this release are "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty!!!
I've bought every Nick Cave album since "The Good son" I've loved most of them. Warren Ellis is all over this one. This album is all about rock. Read more
Published on January 27, 2009 by bingeeboos
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig It!
Once again Nick Cave rules - I just wish he would tour more in the US!!
Published on January 6, 2009 by Barry Gallegos
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Is this not brave new territory for Nick Cave?
No, I don't think it's anything new, Bill. Oh, it's great, how could it not be? Rather, the disc is an extension of what he did with the Grinderman side project as well as a return to the "evangelist on heroin" Nick Cave of old. What I've heard sounds like the Birthday Party in parts... Read More
Mar 31, 2008 by epsteinsmutha |  See all 6 posts
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