Murder Ballads (album) by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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The best album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is The Boatman's Call which is ranked number 363 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,444.
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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.
Great collection of songs.
Favorite Tracks:O'Malley's Bar
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!
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.
Interesiting set of songs about death, but I think this limitation holds the album a bit back.
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.
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!
Murder ballads, was one of Nick Cave's most successful albums, mainly due to the hit single duet with his Australian counterpart Kylie Minogue. The album itself is a darkly humorous blood fest with a severely high body count. There's some great moments here, from the opening track, song of joy, to the hilarious profanity of second cut, Stagger Lee. The Minogue duet, where the wild roses grow, is nice enough, as is the PJ Harvey collaboration, Henry Lee. O'Malley's bar, is probably a little overlong, but the Bob Dylan cover, death is not the end, is fun, as all the guest vocalists, including Shane McGowan, get a line or two, turning Dylan's dreadful, down in the groove, track into a half decent song. All in all, another fine Nick Cave record.
Great Nick Cave album. very dark and depressing show of emotions. Wife won't let me play it when she's home.