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

The Boatman's Call
The Boatman's Call by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Year: 1997
Overall rank: 361st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 577 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1997 (10th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (69th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (361st)

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

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81/100 (from 577 votes)
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08/18/2020 22:06 roberto71  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,53570/100

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.2/100, a mean average of 80.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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From 09/12/2020 16:48
Just hearing this in 2020 - almost hymn like songs. Not heard any other albums from him but based on this I will follow up on his albums
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From 05/06/2020 12:21
Just so beautiful. Not a dud song. Not even any songs below perfection.
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From 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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90/100
From 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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40/100
From 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 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 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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90/100
From 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 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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