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Push the Sky Away [Limited Edition]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Kobalt
  • ASIN: B00AFOS6QG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hardback book bound in linen with 32 stitched-in pages, containing beautifully reproduced hand typed lyrics & band imagery. Includes album CD plus DVD with specially created visuals by artists Iain Forysth & Jane Pollard. At the heart of Push the Sky Away is a naturalism and warmth that makes it the most subtly beautiful of all the Bad Seeds albums. The contemporary settings of myths, and the cultural references that have time-stamped Nick's songs of the twenty-first century mist lightly through details drawn from the life he observed around his seaside home, through the tall windows on the album's mysterious and ambiguous cover. The songs on this album took form in a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of almost a year. The notebook is a treasured analogue artifact but the internet is equally important to Nick: Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic Wikipedia entries "whether they're true or not". These songs convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to what's genuinely important. The album has a clarity and sweet strangeness that's built upon the refusal to accept limitations, whether they be the traditional uses and sounds of musical instruments, lyric styles, or diminished spiritual horizons. It's not always apparent what instruments the band is playing: they may be traditional musical instruments but other sounds are clearly generated by objects unrelated to musical instruments. What's being created is a collective musical language that's rich and complex. "Well, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren's loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat." - Nick Cave.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Nick - reaching for the speech March 1, 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent album and will stand with Nick Cave's best.
His evolving art sees a changed communication in music and lyric.
Here he reaches for the speech that's trying to be heard,
whether scattered words evoking soft cinematic imagery,
impressionistic poetic phrases, or grand scale metaphor;
but straight narrative has gone.

While there is none of Nick's bump and grind routine,
be assured that this is not pastoral Cave, it is rock in the sense of disquiet,
the tension, the background technica created by collaborating Seeds' composer Warren Ellis, the Seeds themselves and Nick's voice. Some is spoken and half sung but it all has resonance and conviction, in fact Nick inhabits the voices superbly throughout, or they inhabit him (O Mamma!!)... His singing is better than ever and projected so well by producer Nick Launay.

For me there is not a dud track among the nine. Some will attract you on first listen, listen further, this has depth. Some faves for me - Water's Edge in minor key with violin playing a timeless Eastern motif and pulsating bass supporting this tale of the currency of communication, the shoreline mating ritual at Brighton transplanted maybe from NE Victoria, from the small town Book of Love.

Mermaids has a wonderful dreamy chorus with watery ambient sounds and lyrics about desire, women with closed legs - 'I do husband/driver/mermaid alertness course', Cave's black humour flares in spots throughout the album.

We Real Cool with its reverb pulsating bass, great vocal, spacey ambiance. Finishing Jubilee Street with its clacking clapping percussion and its insistent bell, like a railway warning bell in country Oz.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Waters February 19, 2013
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As he ages, Nick Cave seems to court risk even more than he did in youth. After distancing himself from his mellower side with Dig and Grinderman comes Cave's quietest album in ages. That's not to say its laid back in the slightest. There is a dark, unsettling undertow to these songs. And an almost claustrophobic sense of voyeurism.

The ghostly We Know Who U R sets the tone by taking you by the hand and leading you through the dew of the morning with trees like pleading hands. Warren Ellis' yearning violin provides fitting accompaniment. Wide Lovely Eyes follows and is one of Cave's most beautiful ballads since Boatman's Call's Into My Arms.

At the Water's Edge the women part their legs like Bibles but over all, most of these songs sound submerged in the depths of a vast sea, their protagonists floating in a twilight world between reverie and nightmare. Jubilee Street hints at Red Light District blackmail and murder peppered with surreal images like "walking a fetus on a leash". We Real Cool maintains a suspended sense of menace which characterizes the entire album. Cave has a long tradition with messing with the conventions of Greek and Biblical mythology and Mermaids continues the trend.

Higgs Boson Blues is the albums centerpiece and rises to climax with a sprawling travelogue which includes driving in the Alps, Robert Johnson on the road and Miley Cyrus floating stoned out of her gourd in her pool. Push the Sky Away ends it all with the childlike but powerful simplicity of a nursery rhyme.

Cave's records often have much to commend them. As a songwriter he's up there with Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. And despite any fluctuations in line-up The Bad Seeds prove once again to be one of the most versatile and innovative bands around today. Together they have created a unique, eerie and mysterious masterpiece.
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice sprout February 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I've always loved Nick Cave's style that sits between a Frank Zappa musical mayhem and Tom Waits melancholy musicality. He's his own entity though and any new Nick Cave music is good music in my book, although I'll admit I've always liked his softer, sweeter side like "Where the Wild Roses Grow" or "Do you Love me." "Henry Lee" is another example of the type of Nick Cave you're getting here, yeah that guy. So I was pretty stoked to hear that this album would be more along those lines.

This album for me is impeccably produced. When listening through headphones or on a good sound system you'll quickly notice how specific the imaging and reverb is. The instrumentation sits between slightly electronic and organic plugged in instruments. The quality of the recording is truly natural though, with a haunting sparse quality about the whole album that I just love. Super cohesive stuff here.

My favorites are when Nick Cave is slower, melodic and soft:

"We No Who `U `R," Great pace, Nick sings this one with backing vocalists and the song sets the pace and tone for the whole album. One of my favorite tracks that he's done through the years and it's all topped out by a sexy flute solo at the end.

"Wide Lovely Eyes," Second song on the album. When listening to the album the first time I thought if he continued with these types of songs that this would be my favorite album of his. But the rest is more varied for me. The melodies and background singing in counterpoint and harmony didn't continue all the way through. Non-the-less, wide lovely eyes is beautiful, layered, and a hauntingly beautiful track. It's a sad song about lost connection, great lyrics here.

"Push the Sky Away," Very cinematic, which is something I don't always think with Cave.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Highlight of My Last Year.
Nick Cave has been a part of my world for years now, and I've enjoyed all of his albums, but until this record, only The Boatman's Call stood out as something that really got under... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. McCoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nick Cave cd
I'm not usually a fan of live recordings but I really enjoyed the live tracks on this new cd...a great addition to my Nick cave collection!
Published 1 month ago by RGJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't even know who Nick Cave was before this, now I love him
I bought this album based on one song I'd heard on satellite radio, and now I listen to it frequently. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RyanH
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave is AMAZING!
Mesmerizing! This is a much slower outing...more cerebral...lyrics haunting. Comprising Two Discs, the first disc is studio songs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sansabelt
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Nick's Masterpieces
Again, I have followed Nick's works since I was a teenager. His lyrics are simple and this is an amazing album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Caroline Rushby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Push the Sky AwayThis is one of Nick Cave's best albums that I have heard. It symbolizes the creativity juices he has had since his Birthday Party days. If you like Nick Cave. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian C. Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Potent
This album seems to be the culmination of all Nick Cave's work and experience over his vast and diverse career. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ericka
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft and Gentle Big Boots
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds can do no wrong. This is one more in a long line of excellence.
Published 3 months ago by lesley cobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars once again.....
As usual, and with whichever fine line up used, this man and this band churn out sad emotion and insight. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. W. Byas
3.0 out of 5 stars Push the sky away
This album accentuates the diversity of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds; very melodic, interesting and morose. The highlight of this album is when Miley Cyrus dies.
Published 4 months ago by CrittendenIV
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