Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Your Funeral...My Trial


3.5
great

Review

by tomwaits4noman USER (10 Reviews)
January 1st, 2008 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is the best part of the trip, the part I really like.....

For me this is Nick Cave's Heroin album.

This is not to say that creative credit should be placed on the drug, Cave is a talented and inventive songwriter but in the same way that drugs have fuelled the bile of his early work the birthday party here it seems to fuel dreamier sound scapes which would be explored at greater depth 4 yrs later with "The Good Son." and darker jarring rhythms.

Opening with the title track Your Funeral My trial, Cave builds on the cabaret and elements of the covers album "Kicking against.." recalling the songs "the carnival is over" and "Sleeping Annaleah".

The song manages to feel dream like and yet hold a quiet menace. The combination of the piano and organ over Thomas Wydler's marching style drumming.

"Stranger than Kindness" takes the quiet menace and turns it up to 11, built around bass loops and weird noises, it is unsettling also hypnotic in is spiraling melody.

Jacks Shadow, feels like a half way point between Cave's blues exploration with the "First Born is dead" and technicolour violence "Tender Prey," While every bit as tense as the previous track the song is filled with harmonies and a strong melody.

The nightmare has not even begun... "the Carny" christ "The Carny" at 8 minutes plus, its utterly captivating and among the most disturbing song that Cave had recorded to date, which given his out put up on to this point says a lot. It lies somewhere between Edgar Allen Poe and Tom Waits circus songs, played by a circus troupe on LSD.
Organs, pounding pianos and a Xylophone all crash together in a see saw arrangement as Cave tells the story of a missing Carny and a horse been buried.

Xylophones carry us through to "She Fell Away" built on Bargeld's surf guitar riff, metallic percussion. Cave's vocals crooning over the tale of lost love, as the band play at a frantic pace.

While Cave has dealt with love through his career few of his songs, not counting with Grinder man, deal purely with sex. Here Cave addresses it full on, throwing in every biblical image imaginable.
an example
"I am going to give those gates a shove"

though a highlight has to be when he starts to sing over and over "Just when I am about to get my hands on, for her breasts rising"
like a man possessed, all swagger over a grinding guitar.

Then just as The Carny was a shock after Jacks Shadow, so is the fragile love song "Sad Waters" after "hard on,"
Cave's vocals are doubled one set sung the other spoken with a 1 second delay between them. Its not quiet a complete success but the song is one of his beautiful dream like love songs. A harmonica plays over the bridge.

"Long Time Man" is a cover, originally by Tim Rose, the lyrics perfectly suited to Cave "and brother I shot my wife and can't even remember why" (sidenote: two years later Bargeld would cover another Tim Rose song with his band Einst├╝rzende Neubauten.)

ANd here the album probably should have ended, in fact of the initial copies had scum
listed as a bonus copy.
Cave sounds like his clearing his throat before his spits out the lyrics, recounting the tale of a journalist who took Cave in. you can guess how that living arrangement worked out.
It is perhaps the closest Cave has gotten to his birthday party days but without Howard's manic guitars or Pew's bass it is a pale imitation.


While many may state that Tender Prey or The Good Son are better choices of Cave's early albums, Your Funeral My trial is in my mind his most focused and consistent of these albums. It feels like a full album rather than a collection of songs which some of Cave's work can sound like.



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jrowa001
January 6th 2008


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review. good to see some attention towards nick cave. he is no doubt my favorite singer/songwriter. everything he does is just magical

Meatplow
August 22nd 2008


5524 Comments


The Carny is brilliant, apart from this I could never get into this album fully. I would agree this sounds like his "heroin album", it is unrelentingly dark and foreboding.

It feels to me the weakest of the group however. Still, I may give it some more time.

IAJP
July 20th 2010


378 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

my favourite release from cave, and that is saying something. his discography reads like a 10 or so album set of "best post-punk albums EVER!" or something

CaptWaffles
November 18th 2011


197 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just listened to this, what an awesome album

blackcrowking
January 11th 2013


17 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album really stands out from everything else they've done. The feeling of despair and insanity it provokes, it always makes me feel like I'm naked at the bottom of a well and it's just cold and wet and dark. It also brings to mind Neil Gaiman's depiction of Despair as that hopeless fat and naked woman.

JokineAugustus
October 6th 2014


8497 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why is this album so overlooked?

Toad
September 13th 2016


3533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this site didn't really dig nick cave before this new record did it

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FullOfSounds
September 13th 2016


9088 Comments


Seems like it, none of his albums even have over 1,000 ratings.

Digging: Doprah - Wasting

porcupinetheater
September 13th 2016


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank God Sput's finally starting to come to its bleeding senses

FullOfSounds
September 13th 2016


9088 Comments


So glad Sputnik got me into Nick Cave. How is he not in the same ranks as Bowie?

NeroCorleone80
September 13th 2016


33999 Comments


More people need to check The Birthday Party as well

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BigPleb
September 13th 2016


48266 Comments


Sup Nero, my man m/

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tastepolice
September 13th 2016


73 Comments


"It was the year that I officially became the wife of sputnik"
Nick Cave - Magneto

NeroCorleone80
September 13th 2016


33999 Comments


Sup Pleb. Jam this

BigPleb
September 13th 2016


48266 Comments


I need to man, really enjoyed Push the Sky Away.

Toad
September 13th 2016


3533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can feel the heroin coming through the speakers on this one

pretty great record so far, just about through jack's shadow

porcupinetheater
September 13th 2016


2333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dude, you're knocking against The Carny, classic fucking song

Toad
September 13th 2016


3533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm writing a short story for a class right now where the narrator is high and this record is working wonders

Rowan5215
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2016


37332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wasn't that No More like yesterday for you snox

Digging: Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!"

Toad
September 13th 2016


3533 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was really pleasant yet powerful at the same time, i think this is the sort of stuff i'm looking for in gothic rock and not getting. Insta-4 but it may go up



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