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Will Penny [VHS]
Will Penny [VHS]
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is possibly the richest film I have ever seen., December 10, 1999
This review is from: Will Penny [VHS] (VHS Tape)
As well as my favorite. I'd been looking for it on video for years, scouting the TV listing for the rare times that TNT or AMC would show it. This is simply a magnificent piece of cinema, with incredibly graceful camera work, classic characters, and simply the best score I've had the pleasure to hear. The music itself is reason enough to watch the film. I know, I know, it's long and maybe a little slow at times, but this isn't Bruce Willis here, this is art. I've been tellng people about this movie for years. Spread the word.

Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the Grim Crooner..., June 23, 1998
Nick Cave doesn't write the most accessible music out there today, and that's just how most fans like it. He made it difficult from the very beginning, virtually getting run out of his native Australia because of his on- and off-stage antics with the Birthday Party, nursing a burning Elvis fixation when it wasn't at all popular, and writing some of the most troubling and beautiful songs ever about murder, mayhem and insanity. If you are one of those whose only experience with Cave comes from his latest, "Murder Ballads", you don't know what you've gotten yourself into.
This collection is a good place to start if you want to gain a basic grasp of where Nick is coming from. Early post-BP work like "The Carny" and "Tupelo" are an indication of what was going on at the time, but it is from "Tender Prey" onward that the music truly becomes magnetic. Cave has always been one of the most literate songwriters out there, with Bibical references aplenty and even dredging up the ghost of John Milton in "Red Right Hand". (If you really want a challenge, try reading his novel, "And the Ass Saw the Angel".) This isn't kids 'stuff. When he tells us "My blood was blacker than the chambers of a dead nun's heart", some cringe more than a little. Still, it is this ability to arrest and simultaneously repel that has led to Nick's incredible popularity over the years.
With Cave taking at least a couple of years off from music to write his second novel, this collection provides new listeners with an opportunity to get acquainted with one of rock's more enduring and influential figures. As well as his work with the Bad Seeds, those interested might want to check out Cave's work with the Birthday Party and Die Haut, as well as his acting, most notably in "Johnny Suede" with, believe it or not, Brad Pitt.

Lloyd Cole
Lloyd Cole
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of Anyone's Basic Audio Library, June 23, 1998
This review is from: Lloyd Cole (Audio CD)
Back when the Holy Musical Trinity in Britain consisted of EMF, Jesus Jones, and the Stone Roses, Lloyd Cole came to America, leaving behind a catalogue of intelligent, touching, and surprisingly musical work with his band the Commotions. One his first solo album, though, he stretches out. Making no secret of his Marc Bolan fixation on rockers like "Sweetheart" and telling his lover to "find your body someone else/ and tear the stars out of the sky" on "No Blue Skies", Cole shows a range that he had only hinted at in his earlier work. This is a fine, beautiful, album, sometimes touching and sometimes almost viscious, but always classy.

Swans Are Dead
Swans Are Dead
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One More Nail in the Coffin, June 23, 1998
This review is from: Swans Are Dead (Audio CD)
I'm trying to forgive Michael Gira and Jarboe for dragging the death of their "main" band out like the demise of the monster in a cheesy horror film, and it's getting pretty difficult. It isn't that I don't appreciate the incredibly diverse body of work that they left behind, and the live shows that I have attended were near-religious experiences, it's just that those experience haven't tended to translate all that well in recordings. Jaboe isn't all that scary when she isn't hanging out over the front of the stage screaming like a more muscular Diamanda Galas, and Gira's leadership of the the whole churning mess comes out sounding more like a Walkman recording of a Pigface show. This pair has always been a trifle arrogant in the sheer volume that they have thrown at their fans, and this is a prime example.

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