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You know, I say this as a casual Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds listener, but the three disk box of b-sides and rarities they just put out is actually quite good.

I haven't bought the last three or so albums that the band has put out. I don't exactly remember which album it was that just left me with a general air of apathy (somewhere around the late nineties it began, I think) but I do remember hearing 'The Rock of Gibraltar' on the radio and finding it unintentionally hilarious. I didn't give much thought to the band after that, though for a moment I was tempted by the last album, which is reportedly quite good, but ultimately decided that that was what everyone said about the albums. Still, I got caught up in the three disk set for much the same reason and because it was only a couple of bucks more than a studio album, and featured covers of Neil Young and Leonard Cohen that I'd heard and liked. (I'm pretty sure Cave did a cover of a Beatles song for some soundtrack that I really liked, despite finding the Beatles to be nothing more than a car commercial jingle these days... but it's not on the disks, as far as I can tell.)

Maybe it's time to check out that last studio album of Cave and the Bad Seeds. Maybe, however, it's time to go back to writing this bit of thesis for Tuesday. It's going to be a bit quiet over the weekend, yeah.

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benpeek
Jun. 10th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
i'm trying to thesis here. stop being a bad influence.
alasdair
Jun. 10th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
The recent (well, last year) Abbatoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus double album is excellent stuff.
benpeek
Jun. 10th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
how's it compare against other studio albums?
alasdair
Jun. 10th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
Up there with Murder Ballads. Some fo the bile is gone, but there's plenty of black humour. The sound is a bit softer round the edges - a gospel/blues tinge to it all, and less outright screeching noise guitar.
strangedave
Jun. 10th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
the rarities set is really quite good. I like it more than the last few studio albums. That might be becaus it has plenty of stuff from the era of the studio albums I really really liked (Tender Prey, Henrys Dream, etc).
benpeek
Jun. 11th, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
what did you think of the last studio album? i've heard nothing but good things for it.
ex_benpayne119
Jun. 11th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
I kind of lost interest in Nick Cave at the time of Murder Ballads... it seemed to me he'd become almost a caricature of himself on that album...self-indulgent...not sure how much of it was him changing and how much was just me getting older and getting sick of the whole posturing thing...though i still love a lot of his songs, especially around the good son/henry's dream...

like you i always think i should try to get one of his more recent albums and see if i can reconnect but never have...
benpeek
Jun. 11th, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
yeah, MURDER BALLADS didn't quite do it for me, either. i liked some of it, but over half the album i could leave, and i found that that was kind of the case as it went on.
lyzbeth
Jun. 12th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
I love Nick. The last one I bought was Murder Ballads, but R bought me Nocturama, which isn't bad. I like the early-middle stuff more than the recent though.

The b-sides cds are cool :)
benpeek
Jun. 13th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
i'm really liking these b-sides, especially that three part o'malley's bar run. it's making me think i'll try the latest studio album.
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