Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Let Love In


4.0
excellent

Review

by username345 USER (52 Reviews)
February 5th, 2009 | 89 replies | 18,468 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A good introduction to the band, 'Let Love In' has a good mixture of energetic rock and sorrowful atmosphere

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

1994's 'Let Love In' is arguably Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' best album, and one of their most popular. The album melds the vicious angry rock style of his previous album, 'Henry's Dream' with the calm slow sound of 'The Good Son', while managing to retain a dark, gloomy and pessimistic mood throughout. The songs on 'Let Love In' focus on the topic of love, but it is never seen in a positive light. Nothing here ends with a happy ending but always with heartbreak and sorrow. The whole album can be summed up in the opening lines of the title track:

“Despair and Deception, Love's ugly little twins
Came a-knocking on my door, I let them in
Darling, you're the punishment for all of my former sins

I let love in”


The first song, 'Do You Love Me?', shows Cave at his very best, musically and lyrically. Although it has a more polished sound than the rawness of the songs found on 'Henry's Son', it still manages to build up a huge amount of energy with a fantastic bass line, catchy piano melody and densely layered structure. The more polished sound gives it a slightly more poppy edge but the dark sound and fantastic lyrics would have destroyed any hope of it becoming a big hit. There is a very sinister undertone to the quite cryptic lyrics, with vivid and grim imagery implying that the narrator could be a rapist:

“Ah, here she comes, blocking the sun
Blood running down the inside of her legs
The moon in the sky is battered and mangled
And the bells from the chapel go jingle-jangle”


This is followed by the complete opposite, a slow ballad, 'Nobody's Baby Now', which substitutes the anger of the previous song with sadness and depression. The rest of the album follows this formula, with fast angry songs mixed with slow haunting and sorrowful ones, usually with melodies played on piano or distorted guitar riffs, backed up by organ. Strings and violins also appear in some songs, such as the final track, 'Do You Love Me? (Part 2)', an acoustic remake of the first track and the most creepy song of the album with lyrics about a paedophile.

Nick Cave manages to sing well with all of the album's different styles with his excellent baritone singing, singing with the energy needed in the faster songs like 'Thirsty Dog' and always sounding believable even when the lyrics get very melodramatic, as they often do. Only Cave's dark sense of humour which occasionally shines through keeps the lyrics from becoming too gloomy.

The songs are all strong but do love some of the energy near the middle. 'Loverman', which was later covered by Metallica, starts off excellently but drags on far too long, as does 'Red Right Hand' which lacks the pace and ferocity of the other similar songs. This isn't too noticeable though, as they are both good songs, just slightly too long, and the album quickly regains it's energy.

Overall, apart from a few sections that drag slightly, there isn't a huge amount to criticise with 'Let Love In'. The whole album is filled with fantastic and memorable melodies and Nick Cave's excellent if slightly over dramatic lyrics. 'Let Love In' is a good mix of Cave's different musical styles and one of his more accessible albums, so is an excellent introduction to the band.



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Cesar
February 5th 2009



2732 Comments


wtf is up with that cover?

Short and sweet review, just how I like it. Not interested in this though.

jrowa001
February 5th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thats a shame Cesar, Nick Cave is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. at least listen to Murder Ballads, The Good Son, or The Firstborn is Dead.

great review btw, nice to see someone review this

username345
February 5th 2009



594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I was surprised it wasn't done already.

Cesar
February 5th 2009



2732 Comments


It's just not my type of music. I know this isn't anything like it, but when I listen to things that are not at lest somewhat close to the type of stuff I like I end up giving Airplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel a 2.

jrowa001
February 5th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

again, thats a shame. but i can see what youre saying. well youll never know if this is music youll like considering Nick Cave stands on his own. you wont find anyone else like him.

Cesar
February 5th 2009



2732 Comments


there is always myspace and youtube to find out

jrowa001
February 5th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

go for it! ill be ok if you end up not liking it...just a little pissed

Mendigo
February 5th 2009



2299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my only Nick Cave album is Dig Lazarus Dig!!! and I didn't enjoy it that much tbh. well, which album should I get to be convinced he's as good as you say?
nice, informative review btw.

robin
Emeritus
February 5th 2009



4241 Comments


i'd say murder ballads.

username345
February 5th 2009



594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd get this or Murder Ballads.

or
Henry's Dream if you want something loud and angry
The Good Son if you want something calmer

Mendigo
February 5th 2009



2299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

k, I'll get Murder Ballads first

jrowa001
February 5th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

MB is my fav album. Dig, Lazarus, Dig! doesnt sound like any of his older albums. its not a good album to start with if wanting to get into Cave

spoon_of_grimbo
February 5th 2009



2240 Comments


this is my favourite cave album (although i'm still missing murder ballads, the first album, and kicking against the pricks).

good review, but how could you not mention the epicness that is "lay me low" though?!

Meatplow
May 8th 2009



5524 Comments


this album is so good, always does it for me. i love this group with my heart and soul

AtavanHalen
May 8th 2009



17927 Comments


LIIIIIIIIIIKE I LOOOOOOOOVE YOU

Meatplow
May 8th 2009



5524 Comments


so gooooooooooooooood

i'm listening to nobody's baby now a lot more then I used to, thirsty dog is my other underrated favourite on here

jrowa001
May 8th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im contemplating giving this a 5.

Meatplow
May 8th 2009



5524 Comments


the only thing that stopped me at first was jangling jack and not being overly familiar with the latter half of the album, recently i've listened to this over and over though and i've come to like it all

Jim
October 16th 2009



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is gold. i shall venture further into the discography.

Two-Headed Boy
October 27th 2009



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice review man, this is my favorite NCBS album by far.



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