The Boatman's Call (album) by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The Boatman's Call
The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (1997)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1997 (10th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (74th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (384th)

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The Boatman's Call is ranked as the best album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.

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-The Boatman's CallLet Love In

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From Steverogers1 07/13/2019 05:02
Love laid bare. Cave makes his own blood on the tracks or maybe blood in the water would be more apt.
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From Onater 10/21/2017 22:26
I take back my previous comment: while still not as good as Let Love In, this is a beautiful album and probably my second or third favourite by him.
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From thirstyDog 08/09/2017 00:15
Very pretty, and an uncharacteristically comfortable listen for a Nick Cave album. Good if the darkness of his other stuff turns you off.
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From Pretender 07/04/2017 07:34
Best album ever on my totally subjective list. Based on the memory of it the and now. My Age/the timing/albums quality and past musical eperience seems intermerged and impossible to distinguishe....

Lost or impossible love made into art.
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From Onater 06/25/2017 23:40
No way in hell is this Nick Cave's best album, not even top 5. That says less about the quality of the album and more about how amazing his entire discography is, though.
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From CryingGameDahlin 10/07/2016 18:31
PJ will leave a shattered heart that can never be repaired.


The kind of break-up album that only Cave can deliver, with equal measure buzz-saw realism and grand guginol gothic pop.
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From Strangel 07/15/2016 02:50
Cave's mastery of song-writing comes to the fore on Boatman's Call where he manages to write dark and brooding songs you can actually make love to. It is as if the dark lord is seducing you with the hidden beauty waiting to be extracted from the morose.

This album leaves behind much of the story-telling he is renowned for and instead touches on deep personal existential musings using a visceral poetry that caresses confusing yet beautiful emotions from the listener.

He seems to be telling us that beauty truly eminates from the darkness and not from the light of which most of us presume. Few artists have the genius to make us realise this incredible insight.
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From garycottier 05/12/2016 15:02
The Boatman's call, is the most beautiful Nick Cave album. Its really a solo record, although it is credited to the Bad Seeds. It's also one of Cave's best and my personal favourite of his, alongside, abbotoir blues. It's his heartbreak LP, his, blood on the tracks, his, tunnel of love. Opener, into my arms, is stunning, a beautiful track. Lime tree arbour, is a favourite of mine. Other highlights are, (are you)the one that i've been waiting for, people ain't no good, and, there is a kingdom. It's a stunning record from start to finish, although the latter songs aren't as good as the earlier ones. Still, another superb album. Nick Cave at his jaw dropping best.
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From stangetzaway 02/17/2016 21:42
I remember when Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds toured this album. Theyopened with Into My Arms and Cave had a terrible time with the first line "I don' t believe in an interventionist god" it took him 4 or 5 gos to get through it and ages to complete the song. Had seen him live a number of times but never struggle like this. Eventually the gig went well. Anyway this was the night Michael Hutchence did away with himself in the hotel room with Nick being the godfather of his child. Sad but true.
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From Boxyno1 01/01/2016 18:31
Very sad but incredibly beautiful, this album is drenched in gorgeousness
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Best Albums of 1997
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. Homogenic by Björk
3. Either/Or by Elliott Smith
4. The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse
5. Urban Hymns by The Verve
6. Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space by Spiritualized
7. The Colour And The Shape by Foo Fighters
8. F♯A♯∞ by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
9. Perfect From Now On by Built To Spill
10. The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
11. The Fat Of The Land by The Prodigy
12. I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One by Yo La Tengo
13. The Mollusk by Ween
14. Blur by Blur
15. Young Team by Mogwai
16. Homework by Daft Punk
17. Third Eye Blind by Third Eye Blind
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19. Portishead by Portishead
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