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Nocturama

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B00007MB8N
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wonderful Life
2. He Wants You
3. Right Out Of Your Hand
4. Bring It On
5. Dead Man In My Bed
6. Still In Love
7. There Is A Town
8. Rock Of Gibraltar
9. She Passed By My Window
10. Babe, I'm On Fire

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After 2001's tender and tormented No More Shall We Part, Nick Cave's Nocturama sounds like the work of a madman spinning desperately and beautifully out of control. Since the Birthday Party called it quits in 1983, Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds have reframed the Party's cranky and disturbing post-punk to encompass sad blues, literary nihilism, and a kind of serenity; witness Shall We Part, and 1997's The Boatman's Call. Those qualities are still present on Nocturama, most notably in the brokenhearted violin that winds through "Right Out of Your Hand" and "She Passed by My Window." But Cave's arrangements embrace a range of styles and textures. The 14-minute-plus noise explosion of "Babe, I'm on Fire" and the dark, wide-open pop of "Bring It On" are looser and rougher than anything since at least 1994's Let Love In. This makes Nocturama feel messy, unpredictable, and even a little dangerous--qualities Cave's music hasn't had in far too long. --Matthew Cooke

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So it's different...who cares?! August 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm not entirely sure where the concept that Nick Cave singing mournful love songs was wrong came about, but it sure wasn't in his early work (check out "Shivers" by The Boys Next Door). "Nocturama" doesn't contain the frenetic energy of his earlier work, nor does it need to. Nick Cave has captured something with this LP - something beautiful, maybe - which makes it simply excellent to listen to.

That said, maybe I'm just looking at it in terms of knowing where Cave has come from. There are only three songs on this album that could be considered "rock" - "Dead Man In My Bed", "Babe I'm On Fire" (more on that later) and "Bring It On" (and that just barely). Of those, the former is brilliant, fast paced and nightmarish with beautfiul lyrics. The latter (featuring Chris Baily of the Saints) is equally amazing, hitting some kind of odd balance between rock and ballad that sees the Bad Seeds really getting in touch with some kind of new style, a style that they should explore more in times to come.

The ballads dominate the album, with many being excellent - "Still In Love", "He Wants You", "She Passed By My Window" and "There Is A Town" are all beautiful pieces of music - but "Rock of Gibraltar" could have probably stood a bit more work. That said, "Wonderful Life" and "Right Out Of Your Hand" are two of the best tracks on the album. "Wonderful Life", the opener, is a sprawling outlandish affair that is focussed by a beautiful set of lyrics that I've grown to thoroughly admire. "Right Out Of Your Hand" has Conway Savage featuring on vocals, which is always a good thing. Though never really challenging Nick for lead vocal, the almost duet style sees the two pianists complement each other perfectly.

Which just leaves "Babe, I'm On Fire".
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of goddies, straight from the Devil to you February 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
First off, I think it's appropriate to note the actual definition of "Nocturama," which is a large zoo pen where animals are kept at night. It is with that imagery fresh in your head that you should approach Mr. Cave & Company's latest effort. The first couple tracks are sullen, resigned love songs. This has been a growing trend with Cave ever since "The Boatman's Call;" his newer material has seemed to gravitate toward an irony-free description of unsullied (or sometimes not) love and admiration. Thrown into this mix are his usual topics of religion, suffering, and...well, more religion and suffering.
The album then kicks into a rockier vein with "Bring it On," another tremendously powerful love song, and "Dead Man in My Bed," which is either -- depending on your point of view -- a hilarious metaphor or a ghoulish portrayal of an unsatisfying love life. The album then dips into a slower pace, similar to the beginning tracks and climaxes with the outlandish, carnivalesque 15 minute epic "Babe, I'm on Fire." The latter is an all out rocker that harkens back to earlier heavier-sounding Nick Cave albums like "From Her to Eternity." The limited edition DVD that comes with the album shows the video in its entirety (with Cave dressing up as Bill Gates, a horse, an alligator, etc.) and is, by itself, worth the price of admission.
The downside to having a track as freakish, loud, and chaotic as "Babe, I'm on Fire," as the final tune is that many listeners may walk away from the album wishing that Nick would put some more oomph into his new sound. "Nocturama" is truly a mixed bag. In a way it could be considered a culmination of his previous styles and sounds, but the slower material does outweigh the harsher stuff.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Futher down the beaten path... May 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
While there is no such entity as a "Bad Nick Cave Album", this is the one I would recommend last in a long line of excellent albums. That is not to say that it is bad, but i pales in comparrison to the former albums like "No More Shall We Part" and "The Boatman's Call".
Like every Nick Cave album, this has it's various themes such as love, god, salvation, depression, and if I am interpreting it right, mental torture. The lyrics are sharp as always, but not as strong and potent as that of his earlier albums. Where "Nocturama" misses the mark is in the production, which makes the album seem over-produced, and I have the strong "been there done that" feeling when listening to the album. Since Nick Cave has built his career on the evolution of his unique sound, this album can be considered a step back rather than the leap forward that "No More Shall We Part" was.
But I will stress again that this is not a bad album, and should please the casual listened with both it's intense and melodic moments. But for people wanting something that lives up to previous works, I cannot strongly recommend "Nocturama".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of their most tender & beautiful music December 2, 2004
By Stiv B
Format:Audio CD
This work continues in the style of No More Shall We Part. The more reflective songs contain suspended, elusive & frozen in mid-air melodies and the seething, razor blade pounders are there to remind you who you are listening to . I agree with some other reviews here that this is an album that rewards with repeated plays. The arrangments are in the same consistently high standard of The Bad Seeds and Cave's voice continues in that pleading, breaking desperation(There Is A Town is a favorite, along with Right Out Of Your Hand & He Wants You). This album reveals itself with every spin. Absolutely satisfying. I finally saw The Bad Seeds in Austin Tx, for the No More Shall We Part tour and I have to say it was one of the most brutal, intense and thrilling shows I have seen. Cave & the Bad Seeds are reaching the level of performance similar to those moments in a Bob Dylan show where the groove just takes you or the first time you see Henry Rollins perform. A purging, soul cleansing , wipe the slate clean rock show. Like when you're peaking if you know what I mean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 13 days ago by Lee Lovas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Cliff Caplinger
4.0 out of 5 stars Nick Cave!
While I'm a huge Nick Cave fan, this isn't one of his best works (in my opinion). Still, it's Cave on his journey and well worth having. All Nick Cave is a must. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kurk Schoner
3.0 out of 5 stars The band's worst album of the 2000's is still pretty good
'Bring It On,' 'He Wants You' and 'Babe, I'm On Fire' are the highlights of the album. The rest of it kind of just sounds the same. It's like the generic version of Abattoir Blues. Read more
Published 6 months ago by dvd-addict91
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Amazing Breathtaking and Beautiful
As a long,long-time fan of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds I am constantly amazed at how their music changes and flows with each new album always evolving and growing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by RevMrsBlack
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll keep it short and sweet...
A great album and worth every penny namely for the last track - there's a reason it's 14 minutes long, give it a listen (not to sell short the other tracks, many good songs here). Read more
Published on October 17, 2008 by Shane Ratliff
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry but, I loved it.
Given, I'm only a fairly recent (last 2-3 years) Nick Cave fan, and only own 8 of his albums (including Abbatior Blues/Lyre Live and B-Sides), but I loved this album. Read more
Published on February 4, 2008 by madbookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Cave's best, but sent Cave in a good direction
No More Shall We Part encapsulated everything Nick Cave was, taking him to the pinnacle of his songwriting ability combining the best elements of his previous albums. Read more
Published on August 9, 2007 by Poor Napoleon
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average Bad Seeds ... but amazing
I freely admit that I'm on the mellower side of most Nick fans - I love the man for his lyrical brilliance and his innovations, not for his songs that sound like he's playing the... Read more
Published on April 16, 2007 by C. E. Creager
4.0 out of 5 stars solid Cave that's a pleasure to listen to
Nick Cave is, of course, legend, but I wonder sometimes if such following is at times rather stifling. Read more
Published on November 30, 2006 by Mr. Richard K. Weems
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