Thursday 6 March 2008

"We call upon the author to explain!"

Well, actually, no. We don't.

Nick Cave... Genius... Lyricist... Gentleman... Sporter of one mean moustache... Now, there are those amongst you who may not find his new album to be quite as impressive as some of his back catalogue. And I would be inclined to agree. However, that said, a marginally sub-par Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds release is still infinitely superior to the vast majority of indie alternatives. Some would slit throats for a lead single of such seamless magnitude:



You got me, I'm a fan. Your thoughts on the Lazarus buzz?

18 comments:

Joe said...

I have this on repeat in my office at the moment - loving it so far and am hoping more than likely against hope thatt they'll do Electric Picnic this year. The title track, your blog post title and Today's Lesson are my current favourites but every day I'm appreciating different tracks for different reasons

KLA* said...

I was not impressed by the single and upon hearing the album found it to be very mediocre.

Then, I saw him at the Plug Awards the other night, performing a nine song set. Of those nine songs, six were Dig songs. I already knew I loved We Call Upon the Author. That song just rocks and has all the poet name-checking and mouthy vocabulary that I love my Nick Cave songs to have, plus a nine inch nails kind of break down unexpectedly thrown in to take it to that ultimate level of greatness after the unforgettable line "Prolix! Prolix! Nothing a pair of scissors can't fix!" What I didn't realize was how much I dug the other songs, and just didn't realize it. I was too busy clutching to my past Nick Cave albums. I knew "More News From Nowhere" was familiar and beautiful in a weary, travelling way. I knew it sounds like Deanna, twenty years later. But I like it better than Deanna and I was pleased when they came out and played it for an encore (not that it topped "Stagger Lee," the set closer, praise the f-cken Lord.

Now, I think the album is really good. I can feel it growing on me. I look forward to taking it into my soul and having yet another wonderful bad seeds album become a part of me.

John Cav said...

Joe: My thoughts exactly. Although I don't think anything is ever going to top "We Call Upon The Author" for me, regardless of repeated listenings... Textbook Cave.

Kla: Fantastic commentary there sir. And I must declare my intense levels of envy vis-a-vis your witnessing of that Bad Seeds buzz.

JOHN234 said...

The opening line is based on a passage from Pessoa's Book of Disquiet (you do have a Barthes tag....). Cave's version of Love & Theft perhaps.

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