Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
The Best Of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds


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by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
June 14th, 2008 | 16 replies | 5,813 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

The Best Of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

In 1997 a 16 track retrospective covering the career of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds would have made for some difficult choice of content, ten albums strong since '84 the groups sound had developed a step away from the early days of intellectual angry man post-punk experimentation to more mature realms leaving quite a body of work behind.

Lyrically inspired by a headful of literary and historical influence as well as the wit of Cohen; albums such as From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn is Dead and Tender Prey featured sparse and depressing soundscapes of dissonant noise which could become a primal roar of angst or a shower of melancholy at the drop of a hat, folk tinged and often bass led with an interweaving twang of guitars and piano that made for some complex and satisfying arrangements as a backdrop to Cave's morose and angry voice.

The band is often seen to have truly hit their stride in terms of songwriting with mid-career works such as The Good Son, Henry's Dream and Let Love In, finding their own unique niche in maturity by expanding to an often relaxed and beautiful contemporary adult sound sandwiched in between compositions that are as aggressively rock as anything attempted previously but written so much more smoothly. 1997's The Boatmans Call was released just before this compilation, bringing a new era of critical acclaim from previous critics of the group for a departure to more intimate songwriting featuring just Cave's solo voice, piano and a few instruments. A couple of songs are included.

The obvious single choices are all here, the bizarre rock bounce of Deanna, the dark, smoothly profound nightmare of Red Right Hand, the thunderous, apocalyptic imagery of Tupelo, the elegant and simple beauty of The Ship Song, the chilling duet with Kylie Minogue Where The Wild Roses Grow, and of course the groups signature song and darkest hour, The Mercy Seat. Amongst this fan favourites such as Do You Love Me, the Tom Wait's styled evil circus music poetry recital The Carny, the majestic Straight To You, The Weeping Song and an excellent PJ Harvey duet Henry Lee rightfully make the cut, padded out by a couple of tracks chucked in to represent the early years in the form of From Her To Eternity and Stranger Then Kindness. Two songs are featured from The Boatmans Call for good measure, with Into My Arms and (Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For making an appearance.

The song choices here are an excellent representation of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds during their 1984-1997 period and an excellent starting point for anybody wanting an overview of the group. Of course with any best of/greatest hits release there tend to be several song omissions in favour of others that will displease any constant listener of the group, here this is true with opportunities to use songs such as Wanted Man, The Good Son, Papa Won't Leave You Henry, Loverman and Stagger Lee wasted. Despite this personal gripe, this is an excellent compilation and a well recommended entry point to a superb group with a large body of work to cover.



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SHOOTME
June 14th 2008



2393 Comments


Cool review.

foreverendeared
June 14th 2008



14678 Comments


good review. i have yet to listen to this band. just one thing, from reading this, without looking at your rating, it feels like a 4 or 4.5. not a 5

Meatplow
June 14th 2008



5524 Comments


I let it slide because the rest of the music makes up for an inclusion of 1 or 2 weaker tracks ;)

who needs objectivity

username345
June 14th 2008



594 Comments


Yeah, 'Loverman' should be on it, but they have the underrated 'The Carny' so I forgive it.

RagingNoob
June 15th 2008



134 Comments


Awesome review. I have always thought about checking this band out; now I will definitely have to!

jrowa001
June 18th 2008



8749 Comments


great review. these are a great collection of songs froms one of the greatest artists of all time. Nick Cave is the man. glad to see more reviews of this great great artist

taylormemer
June 18th 2008



4887 Comments


Yeah this really is a great collection of Nick's songs.

Great review as well.

Piglet
September 30th 2009



4644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, I really love D-D-d-e-ea-a-n-n-aaa


SkanksBestChum
October 4th 2009



42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is excellent, Great job on the review!

NEVERfade
August 17th 2010



376 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I cant get enough of this, sooo good

731
August 17th 2010



662 Comments


agreed

WhiteNoise
January 3rd 2011



2883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bought this today and loving it so far.

Digging: Eagulls - Eagulls

Meatplow
January 3rd 2011



5524 Comments


Only two things I dislike about this nowadays is the version of The Weeping Song is far superior on The Good Son, and the intro is cut out from Do You Love Me?

at least, on the pressing I have

WhiteNoise
January 3rd 2011



2883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What would be his best actual album to listen to?

Meatplow
January 3rd 2011



5524 Comments


that's a hard question

which songs do you like the most off of here? go for that era

WhiteNoise
January 4th 2011



2883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah that's what I'm thinking, I'll have to give this a lot more listens.



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