Grinderman

April 10, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2007 Circle C & Circle P Mute Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 39:58
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  • ASIN: B000X5KL1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,459 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Good fun, good sounds, very original.
Surferofromantica
That's the lesson to be learned from Nick Cave and the Grinderman songs.
Morgan D. Wolf
Wait...there I go, using words like "nice" again.
DanD

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Buckley on March 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This import contains no extras for the additional cost, but DO BUY THE ALBUM!

Do you remember when Jesus and Mary Chain released their first album? When NIN released Downward Spiral? When you first heard From Her to Eternity?

This album is better than that.

Being a Nick Cave fan for years, I'm totally in shock and awe over how GREAT this album is. Sometimes musically reminiscent of Velvet Underground and original Stooges, with post industrial noise, and Nick Cave's dramatic poetic vocals, Grinderman creates a sound here that is intensely original and just mercilessly rocks.

Grinderman is the best album I'm going to hear this year.

It's just incredible that after all these years; Nick Cave had this album in him. It just rocks. If you can listen to Love Bomb without getting goose bumps, you're just not human.

If I have one criticism it's that I miss Blixa.

I never thought I'd hear music as cool as this created in 2007.

Play it loud.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Morgan D. Wolf on April 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's fascinating to hear a band address themes of aging and sexual longing in a youth-obsessed culture, in terms of the withering knowledge that sexual desire does not decrease as one reaches mid-life and beyond. The ability to fulfill that desire, at will, is another thing entirely.

The resulting, bewildered frustration is brilliantly captured in the Grinderman sound: it's the noise of longing, of sorrow, of powerlessness, of an animal shrieking for release from a cage with no gate. It's also about finding humor, passion, and self-effacing acceptance of all that life has to offer - of refusing to be crushed under the gravity of encroaching age and jaded experience. That would be too predictable.

To put this all in context --

In a recent interview with Salon.com (April 12, 2007), Nick Cave said that, as one gets older, one becomes more invisible, and therefore, more powerless, to impact the world. On some level, he was observing that the inevitability of social and physical death are demons we must confront as we turn the corner on our 40s and smack into the hard brick wall of 50. On the other side of that wall is liberation, i.e., the freedom to re-invent onself and to remake the rules of the game. To please oneself.

That's the lesson to be learned from Nick Cave and the Grinderman songs.

Give this record a serious listen. Please don't try and compare it to The Birthday Party sound. This music is immediate and unique. It is Nick Cave, as he is, now. It is meant for all of us, still-rocking, still-lusting, still wildly alive, `invisibles' -- as we are, now.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By B. Pardue on March 19, 2007
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This product is listed as "Limited Edition Special Packaging" at a cost of $30.99. It's nothing but an ordinary CD in a plastic jewel case with a "Made In Hong Kong" sticker on the back. It's the import version. There's nothing "special" about the packaging. Save your money and get the domestic version for $14.

The album itself is awesome by the way. Nick Cave continues to make fantastic albums. Even though I feel ripped-off by Amazon's inaccurate advertising I must say this album is totally worth having. This is raw and noisy. It's removed from the introspective albums that Nick Cave has produced with the Bad Seeds recently but is better conceived than any Birthday Party record ever was. It's not The Bad Seeds. It's not The Birthday Party. It's GRINDERMAN!

To be fair, I asked Amazon to refund the price difference between this misleading product and the domestic version, the difference being about $17.. They agreed and I got my refund in no time. Thanks Amazon, great customer service.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJD on July 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First let me say that the music is fantastic. The first two of three singles are mean and filthy, bluesy rock tunes, kind of similar to The Birthday Party but not nearly as angry and post-punk. This is the modern version.

It's challenging to the ear at first because it is so different from anything else you might hear, but great albums are often like that. You expect them to sound a certain way because that is what you have been accustomed to hearing from an artist. You'd have to go at least back to, "Murder Ballads", which is absolutely TREMENDOUS by the way, or all the way back to "From Her To Eternity" and "The First Born Is Dead", both of which are GENIUS good, to hear something similar to Grinderman, but of course it is not with The Bad Seeds, so it doesn't sound as polished.

These are tracks that they threw together over a weekend in a studio, I believe, and then decided to clean them up A BIT and release them. Why not right, all the faithful will buy it and they will make a few bucks. BUT, it is worth buying because there is nothing else like it. DON'T expect it to be Nick Cave and TBS because it's Grinderman. It's different. It's NOT all grit and grim, however, there are a bunch of quieter, ballad type tunes as well. They just used the tough ones to spark interest. 4 stars!

Now, about AMAZON. This was listed as Limited Edition with Special packaging, which I just expected to be a cardboard jacket, but what arrived was not just the wrong CD, it wasn't the domestic MUTE release or the UK MUTE release, it was a pressing that was MADE IN CHINA. I pre-ordered the "Special Edition" as soon as it was available to pre-order and waited about six weeks to get a CD from China.
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