Review Summary: One of the most devastatingly beautiful albums ever released.
To bring out a review discussing the finer details of the album is actually very difficult to do after listening to this utterly beautifully impactful masterpiece of an album a few times, I just can't bring myself to do it.
Normally with a review you’d have to analyse something with scrutiny and try to work out the textures etc etc… However Skeleton Tree isn’t that kind of album. The musical touches are there as compliments to Nick Cave’s fragile yet somehow still strong songwriting and singing. It's an exploration of grief that has so many beautiful moments that I can't bring myself to provide an analysis to such a work of art.
It was 'I Need You' with Cave's voice staying as strong as it can as it falls vulnerably in the synths that got to me but for each listener this is an album that has a catalogue of songs so powerful that at least one song is going to shake you. They are all so unbelievably powerful and sad however that they definitely all will deliver an impact.
If you know the details of the album there are moments and lines that are going to get you right into the pit of your stomach particularly lines in ‘Girl In Amber’ if you don’t however this album still will get you. This is just a whirlwind of emotion caught in an extraordinarily powerful soundscape that achieves the role of both hitting hard but also incredibly not distracting from the words. Whether it's the chilling strings of Jesus Alone or the disorientating distortion on Magneto everything in these songs compliment each other beautifully.
This is without a doubt a classic. That’s all I have to say about this.