Murder Ballads (studio album) by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Murder Ballads
Murder Ballads by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 767th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 430 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1996 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (143rd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (767th)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds bestography

Murder Ballads is ranked 5th best out of 25 albums by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is The Boatman's Call which is ranked number 377 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,222.

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.1/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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65/100
From 12/22/2020 17:38
An album full of stories about death. Not as dark as you 'd expect based on that description due to the occasional humorous addition. The music stays in the background and is used mainly to emphasize the narrative.
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From 09/09/2020 04:35
Great album. Epic stories envisioning horrific events. A true bard of the darker scale. His crooning is hypnotizing yet so gentle amid morbid tales. 'Death is not the end' is my personal pick of the bunch. His song writing and vocals make him one of a kind. Original brilliance.
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85/100
From 06/02/2020 14:46
Great collection of songs about murder.

O'Malley's Bar is great; the collaborations with P.J. Harvey and Kylie Minogue are top notch; Stagger Lee is brilliant; and Bob Dylan would have been proud to write The Curse of Millhaven.

Great stuff all round.
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From 12/31/2019 10:28
Great collection of songs.
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80/100
From 07/20/2019 02:08
Favorite Tracks:O'Malley's Bar
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From 04/19/2019 15:32
Haunting. My introduction to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. I had heard of Nick Cave from his previous association with The Birthday Party - but hadn't scored any of either band's music until "Murder Ballads". While disturbing lyrically, I found this album to be delightful!
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90/100
From 03/26/2019 02:52
My first foray into Nick Cave's catalogue and my god, what a start. A brilliant post-punk(ish) record with dark (yet somehow humorous) lyrics.
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From 12/18/2018 21:30
Interesiting set of songs about death, but I think this limitation holds the album a bit back.
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From 04/01/2018 21:01
So I'm currently working at an Applebees as a server. They have one of those TouchTunes jukeboxes and I just downloaded the app for it. That way I can play music without being judged by others for my superior taste. Around 11 PM I played "Stagger Lee" and followed it up with "O'Malley's Bar." It was fun watching the reactions of the forty or so customers in the building. When Cave exclaims that his "dick felt long and hard" there was an uproar of laughter (incidentally most rap music is banned on there due to the lyrics but most other explicit music is still available). The only person that seemed to be having a cow about it was the bartender. She's such a lamestain. But the best part is they had no idea it was me, I'm off work today, and it's April Fools Day. And it's Easter so there's gonna be a lot of churchgoing families eating out. I'm probably gonna drive up there and to a couple other places with the jukebox, without even getting out of the car, just to hit them with some unexpected savagery.
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From 07/01/2017 20:11
It's hard to believe that, of all of his albums, this was Nick Cave's most commercially successful. Imagine all of the soccer moms that bought it because of the single with Kylie Minogue only to hear something like Stagger Lee!
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