Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Murder Ballads (1996)
A friend played me this – and it’s when I first really started taking notice of Nick Cave . A clever move, obviously, because everything that is on display here – from the subject matter to the way the arrangements sound, to the literary references – was a hallmark of every Cave/Bad Seeds album before this. Maybe it was just that duet with Kylie that got people talking. The video was certainly played a hell of a lot. Anyway, I’ll always remember this album as the one that got me into Cave’s music and writing. I’ve since collected everything he’s done and though I’m suspicious of where he’ll end up – I think he’s been phoning it in for most of the last decade, pretty much – I know I’ll always return to this album (and from there everything before it). Clever/funny blues subversions, deeply moving and deeply disturbing folk-song recasts – it was, even if it made complete sense, an audacious move. Sometimes the thing that makes a spade a spade is calling it that. This album isn’t his best but it’s still a very clear representation of what I love best about a lot of Nick Cave’s music.
Sample Track: Song Of Joy
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