Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Submitted by dogfacedboy on 20 February 2013 - 7:41pm
What's it called?:
Push the Sky Away
What does it sound like?:
Lazy journalist scum have said it sounds like 'The Boatman's Call', which makes you realise they have never heard 'The Boatman's Call'. I guess this is nearest to the sound on 'No More Shall We Part' but with the bluster removed. Much of the instrumentation is sparse bass, guitar and percussion. Cave sounds far more laid back and you expect him to suddenly roar into his arm waving preacher mode but that never happens. Of course the usual pet subjects of love, sex, death etc are on display as is his sense of humour. 'Mermaids' seems to describe his life in Brighton including 'I do drivers alertness test' resulting from his seafront prang (missis). The album fades out with funeral title track, Cave crooning away as an organ plays. Its a quite short album but it stays with you for a long time afterwards. The only niggle I have is that I can already hear this subtle stuff being yabbered over by idiots at the gigs this autumn. If you want to listen then I'd get there early and up close.
What does it all *mean*?:
That Cave may have blown out his noisy side with the excellent Grinderman and Dig Lazarus Dig album and gone for a looser and more reflective approach. Oh and the naked lady on the cover is his wife.
Goes well with …:
A late night drive through city streets full of burnt out cars and shuffling hobos - North London should do
Might suit people who like …:
Brooding middle aged men full of ennui and wasted love affairs.