Push The Sky Away
Bad Seed Ltd
This is a far better record than I expected from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds this late in the game. It might not be a career peak but it feels like a new start; the correct new start. It feels thoughtful and considered; it seems smart and much as I liked Grinderman you didn’t go there for that (to be fair to Cave he actually went there to avoid that). So he’s had fun being renaissance man for most of the last decade – soundtracks, another novel, a novelty fun-parlour band. And some of the activities of the last decade have been fine. But the Bad Seeds albums have felt just a little by rote; all contain great moments and some fine songs but they’ve been overly long, overly obvious, overtly Cave.
Here he steps back from the grunt and howl, he slips out of his preacherman cape, but he doesn’t just do another Boatman’s Call.
Push The Sky Away is a very fine record. One I’m absolutely loving. But I won’t say more than that here because I’ve already buried it in praise in this little track-by-track walk-through.
It’ll be on many best of the year lists for 2013 – and not just because it happens to be the new Nick Cave release for the year. It’ll be there because it deserves to be.