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Daydreamer





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  • Posted: 10/09/2019 07:00
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Nick Cave was one of the greats it took me the longest to get into. Since he has several phases it's a hard question where to start with him.

I for one wouldn't recommend Murder Ballads as a first choice for classic Cave, since it's a bit long and takes a time getting into. I think Let Love In is the better choice as a first album, followed by The Boatman's Call which represents the gentler Nick Cave the balladeer. And then you could try some modern Nick with Push The Sky Away which is the most accesible one from this decade.

So I'd take this route.


Let Love In by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Classic Cave, has some of this most well known songs and has his trademark gothic sound.


The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Piano ballads on this one, and his lyricism is definitely on godly lever throughout this record.


Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Here comes the best part, I honestly think 2010's are his best decade, even though he should be well past his prime. Only three albums released, yet two are great and the third one is just relesead and appears to be on the similar level. This is the minimalistic, ambient Cave, and I think that the style suited him perfectly.
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  • Posted: 10/09/2019 14:53
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Coming right at the end of the end of the decade gives this album an extra significance as if it's closing multiple chapters. Crazy to get something this good this late in the game.

I think listening to some of the Bad Seeds' 90s work (Good Son is I think the most consistent work but it all carries the qualities that are undeniably him) is a good place to start. Then you could probably skip ahead to Push The Sky Away, Skeleton Tree then this.
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Lachapelle



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  • Posted: 02/06/2020 23:17
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LedZep wrote:
If you have the time and will to do it, that's the best way into Nick's discography.


So here's another update..

I have been absolutely loving my venture into Nick Cave's work. I haven't skipped a single album the whole ride through, and I genuinely spent a good amount of time digesting each album before moving onto the next. This guy is a legend. I've yet to hear a track I would call poorly executed or lacklustre. It truly amazes me that I never hear his name pop up in my music circles. I'm going to be spreading the word of Cave to as many people as I can.

I have just reached Nocturama and I am a bit worried to give it a spin as it is singled out as the only Bad Seeds album that is not a classic, with some even calling it a disaster altogether. Any thoughts on this? I don't think I can skip it seeing as I've already come this far (over 15 albums later).
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Hayden




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  • Posted: 02/07/2020 00:30
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Cave for the Nobel 2034, just you watch.
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babyBlueSedan
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  • Posted: 02/07/2020 03:16
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Lachapelle wrote:
I have just reached Nocturama and I am a bit worried to give it a spin as it is singled out as the only Bad Seeds album that is not a classic, with some even calling it a disaster altogether. Any thoughts on this? I don't think I can skip it seeing as I've already come this far (over 15 albums later).


Nocturama is fine. I wouldn't call it a disaster, it's more that it's a lesser retread of the last few albums before it. It's mostly just uninspired and forgettable, but the closing track is pretty great.

I wouldn't put off listening to it, because Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus is fantastic and his best of the '00s.
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Lachapelle



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  • Posted: 02/13/2020 17:59
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babyBlueSedan wrote:
I wouldn't call it a disaster


Ok so I've listened to Nocturama multiple times now and I don't understand the hate. I'm not sure off the top of my head where I believe it should rank in his past discography, but even if it did land at the bottom it is nowhere near a "bad album" as I've seen many others describe it. I feel like this happens often to albums released in between classics, but given the quality of Nick Cave's previous output I'm shocked that people could dismiss it altogether.

Now I'm even more excited to continue this journey, knowing that I've endured/enjoyed his worst.
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