Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Push The Sky Away

Released: 18th Feb 2013
Label: Bad Seeds Ltd

Nick Cave has become an institution, the kind of individual to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Dylan, Cohen and Young. His general output since, well, forever if you include The Birthday Party has always been exceptional and this, his 15th! studio album with The Bad Seeds, still finds him/them continuing the high standard you've come to expect.

With the departure of Mick Harvey since the last Seed's album, it finds Warren Ellis stepping up to create fuzzy walls of noise to build the swirling foundations on which they thrive and you can't help but feel it has been practiced to perfection on their duel outings on recent soundtracks. Coming off the back of the last Grinderman album (2) and ' Dig!, Lazarus! Dig!' this album finds them in a much more stripped back, almost haunting, place but they're no less pushing the boundaries of what they're capable of. Where 'Wide Lovely Eyes' may be one of the most beautiful love songs he has written, there are still traces of the dirty man behind Grinderman particularly in 'Mermaids' where he sings "I was the match/That fired up her snatch", but it's the kind of thing you can't help but raise a wry smile to and know that no one else could get away with.

Cave is now 55 and he still shows no signs of slowing down or loosing quality, which is good news for us all surely. Who else can boast that after their fifteenth release they are still making the kind of music that is as essential as their first?


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