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Grinderman 2 (Deluxe Edition)
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've been a huge Nick Cave fan for years. The first Grinderman release, in my opinion was slightly above average. Definitely not as good as anything he's ever done with the Bad Seeds, but I did appreciate it for what it was. Grinderman's second eponymous album is even better than the first. A solid nine songs, I would even go as far as to say that it may be my favorite release of 2010 thus far. It's obvious that this new line-up is beginning to hit their stride and distancing themselves from their parent group.

I don't make it a habit of reviewing anything for Amazon unless I see that the "average" score is beginning to lean--in my opinion--in an unfavorable direction. I see that this release currently has an average of 3.5 stars, which just isn't right. I do believe that as more reviews weigh in, this average will go up. I hope this review helps the cause.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't make a better mancookie if I'd baked Nick Cave from scratch! (although he'd like his baker naked but for apron, high heels and a rosary...all the better to defrock her with)
His latest side project is part garage band, part Krautrock. Warren Ellis on electric bouzouki is a joy and had me clutching my face and grinning big. The boys can still impress and "Heathen Child" is dirty, sexy proof (Fripp attending). I couldn't even breathe during "What I Know" (i felt like i was eavesdropping), "Kitchenette" was vicious and hilarious, and Palaces of Montezuma is melodic and romantic and will get all men laid. He's working his new, stressed out car salesman hairline to great affect. His voice is both unsettling and soothing. All the barking and growling makes a girl want to beg, you just can't remember what for. He has the good taste to include an underlying sorrow in every love song. The desonant chords (think Rock of Gibraltar) seem there as a warning to women that even good, solid men are hopelessly flawed. A clear-eyed member of his own sex, he once likened men in their 50's to "lumps of meat batting at their genitals like apes." Ahhh, the poetry!
Cave remains broad and can call Stagger Lee a mofo in one song yet bend to retrieve a lady's fallen glove in another and it all feels authentic. He is everything women dream of. Charming, brutish, tender, ecclesiastic, and self-deprecating. There is no fantasy you couldn't tell him, he wants to hear all. He loves women. He is intelligent, primal and NEVER obvious. He made reference once to (the spectacularly Syphilitic)John Wilmot which explains why his command of language is not only sexually terrifying, but clever regarding..."tone". Not WHAT you say but HOW you say it. An exceptional writer, playwright, composer and lecturer. A renaissance man. A beast. A lover. An answered prayer to be sure! He respects his Muse and never pimps her out. He is better with time and is still edgy and as razor sharp as his suits. Nick Cave doesn't miss a trick...he sees and says everything. Thank God!!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon September 14, 2010
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"Grinderman 2" is the sophomore release by Nick Cave's side project Grindeman, a follow up to their eponymous debut. It's more of his Punk/Blues hybrid, along the lines of Jack White.

The CD comprises 9 tracks, with "Mickey Mouse and the goodbye man" alternating between snarling/growling guitars and gentle verses with wolf howls. Guitars continue to howl and whine on "Worm tamer", and "Heathen child", while sombre atmospheric is "When my baby comes" with tumbling guitars and sweeping strings.

Still slow is "What I know" with creaking effects and a gently pulsing beat, while the distorted rocker "Evil" has shades of Bowie. "Kitchenette" finds Cave warning "I'll stick my fingers in your biscuit jar and crush all your gingerbread men" against a slow burning squawking backdrop.

"Palaces of montezuma" is a harmonious almost Folky piece, while closing is the reverb-filled "Bellringer blues" with untamed guitars wandering against a surprisingly gentle backdrop. Brilliant stuff.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2010
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I've been waiting for this album for quite a while, and now that I have it I'm absolutely loving it. They really cover a wide area here. From doom to psychedelic to soft sounds all in one song, it's really got everything. It's good to see someone (Nick Cave and band) who's been making consistently good music for years tread into new territory with such flair and keep it up. My only gripe is that one song in particular really sounds like a Bad Seeds b-side and almost seems like it's just on there to be a single (even though Heathen Child is the single and goes way out there compared to this), but it's still a good track and I can't really fault it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The second album from Grinderman is easily the best record of 2010. I can't see anything coming out in the next 4 months being better than this. Don't think this album is all Nick Cave, the other members of Grinderman all shine just as bright. Warren Ellis is a mad-man genius with whatever instrument he picks up. Bad Seed veterens Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos round out the band, and they get plenty of room to let loose, particularly on the closing jam of "When My Baby Comes"
If you are at all interested in "different" music or just looking for something fresh, I guarantee you have never heard music like this before.

Favorite Tracks:"Heathen Child" "When My Baby Comes" "Kitchenette" and Palaces of Montezuma".

Hank.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I find the album like a fine wine - it'll eventually grow on you over time. It is a challenging album and might be not for everyones pallet but it will last the distance where you're able to listen to it in 5 years and it won't sound aged when compared to most musicians these days. I know that in 5 years I'll be listening to it and still find it as fresh as the day I purchased it just as I enjoy 'No more shall we part' from 2001 and find it as fresh as the first time I heard it.

For the naysayers, if you come into listening to any music with preconceived notions then you're going to be disappointed - listen to it with no expectations and you won't be disappointed. Nick Cave as much about the music as he is about the lyrics - if you're going into expecting some bass thumping beat that'll carry you off with little regards for the lyrical content then maybe this artist isn't for you - there is more to the artist than what you hear on the surface.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the other reviewers here - this is even better than the debut (excepting the hellacious "Get It On" and "No Pussy Blues" from that album). It's murky, atmospheric, heavy and grim with great lyrics from Nick Cave and music which perfectly compliments the words. Epic, cinematic. Fantastic guitar parts that shudder and erupt in surprizing places. And what a cool cover. Imagine walking into your living room and seeing that snarling wolf! A fitting image....great music, highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2011
Format: Vinyl
Both this and the first Grinderman album are true gems, completely deserving of the praise that has been thus far heaped upon them. Those who are already familiar with the work of Nick Cave have only a mild indication of where this work can take the listener - nothing else in his back-catalog sounds quite like this, blending garage jam sessions with backwoods swamp boogie and a raw blues power. The fact that such a seasoned veteran of the music world had a hand in the creation of this beast should make no difference; this album is incredibly strong, never losing its sense of direction or, even more importantly, never losing its sense of fun. Any listeners coming to this album having no previous experience of Cave's world of Biblical torment, sexual depravity and witty lyricism be warned: this voodoo brew is addicting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
Where others may look backwards and sideways for inspiration, putting new spins on old sounds and ideas, Cave forges straight ahead and pulls from within, creating something wholly original, inimitable, and downright great. Like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, Cave is unceasingly making new, intensely forward-looking, insistently vibrant, non-derivative, unapologetic art. Stasis, for him, is death. To simply pat the Grinderman albums on the back as another aging artist's war-cry against the encroachment of old age or the impending loss of virility, is to sorely miss the point. This latest iteration of Cave's work is a repudiation and total vanquishing of the artistic staleness and myriad conventions -- whether of the "alternative" or "retro" varieties -- that sadly plague most contemporary music. It soars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The 2nd release from Nick Cave's alter ego band is vicious, powerful, deranged & depraved; with
the sort of soul-stirring, gut-wrenching depth that only Nick & his cohorts can imbue into such a
menacing core. Cave's voice is, as always, compelling, dramatic & disturbing all at once. The
music is dark and raw, packed with both spine-grinding explosions & soulful, hypnotic, grab-you-
by-the-gut rhythms. Includes members of the Bad Seeds, Birthday Party, The Triffids, Dirty
Three, Alice Texas. Captivatingly dangerous and brilliant!
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