The Good Son (studio album) by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The Good Son
The Good Son by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Year: 1990
Overall rank: 1,013th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 323 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1990 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (200th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,013th)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds bestography

The Good Son is ranked 8th 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 367 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,389.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album bestography « Higher ranked (876th) This album (1,013th) Lower ranked (1,034th) »
No More Shall We PartThe Good SonTender Prey

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 323 votes)
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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 80.0/100, a mean average of 78.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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85/100
From 04/24/2018 06:15
1st album by NC & TBS where I went, wow, that's something special. Still holds up today.
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80/100
From 09/04/2017 03:27
pretty good music, though it can be a little inconsistent
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90/100
From 02/27/2017 18:03
Not a skippable song! Beautiful
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90/100
From 05/11/2016 00:40
The Good Son is a very underrated album that has great songwriting as well as having a strong powerful atmosphere created through deep personal lyrics and great instrumentation
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85/100
From 05/08/2016 16:09
This was the most accessible Nick Cave album to date when it was released in 1990. It's still a dark record, but the music is now approaching a beauty you certainly wouldn't have expected a few years before. Opener, foi na cruz, is lovely, as is, the weeping song. The most beautiful track though is the brilliant, the ship song, one of Cave's greatest ballads. There's no weak songs here, and, Lucy, is a great closing track. It's amazing how Nick Cave can effortlessly move from one extreme to another, from, the tender prey, to this. A true genius, one of the greatest songwriters ever.
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80/100
From 04/13/2015 03:35
Perhaps the most calculated album, track by track, that they ever did.

Favorite tracks: "The Ship Song", "The Weeping Song"
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90/100
From 11/24/2014 14:37
As much a spiritual as a listening experience: its theme derived from the parable of the prodigal son, only this is about the good son, the one that stayed behind - as opposed to the prodigal one...
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90/100
From 04/24/2014 22:01
At the funeral, no one mourned him besides the unrecognizable stranger standing in the shadows.
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From 09/09/2012 14:47
His voice is wonderful and his songwriting is not just good, it makes you able to become a part of the music, it' s like a 45' adventure. He' s definitely the best songwriter I' ve ever listened to.
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From 07/01/2012 01:33
There are certainly songs on other albums I like better than most of the songs on this album, but this is my favorite Nick Cave record by far. And Lucy. Oh, Lucy. So beautiful.
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