The music of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (part 5 of 5)

Album: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2CD) (2004)
The double-album was well-received by critics. The mellower songs I enjoyed. However several of the tracks I find myself skipping over on my second run through.  I suppose a double album was always going to be a bit inconsistent. Clocking in at 82 minutes, his longest release to date.
"O Children", was featured in 2010’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Favorite tracks:
Messiah Ward
O Children
Nature Boy
Easy Money

Favorite lyrics:
“Yeah, praise Him a little bit more
Praise Him till you've forgotten
what you're praising Him for”

“You searched through all my poets
From Sappho through to Auden
I saw the book fall from your hands
As you slowly died of boredom
I had been there, dear,
but I was not there anymore
I had been there, now I'm hiding all way”

“As the trees bend down their branches
And touch you with their fingertips”

“The moon is locked away”
“But they've ordered the moon not to shine”

“I was just a boy when I sat down
To watch the news on TV
I saw some ordinary slaughter
I saw some routine atrocity
My father said, don't look away
You got to be strong, you got to be bold, now
He said, that in the end it is beauty
That is going to save the world, now”

Album: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Again strong lyrics, but very loud. Not a fan of the album.

Album: Push The Sky Away (2013)
His most recent album. The lyrics per usual are well-written, and I even got my parents into this release. Gone is the rockier sound of earlier recordings, and it feels more accessible to a wider audience than his darker albums. The quieter approach reminds me of The Boatman's Call from the 90s, which I also love.
Favorite tracks:
Jubilee Street
Push The Sky Away
We No Who U R

Any thoughts on the music? Have you listened to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds? Or are you new to the band as I am? As always, comments are welcome


  1. The last 2 albums he did are amazing. I'm eager to see his new documentary.

    1. @thevoid99: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! got plenty of critical love, it just wasn’t my taste. Agree Push The Sky Away is amazing, and yes, the 20000 days on earth documentary I also hope to see soon.

  2. Cool post! I really know Nick Cave from Deathly Hallows Part 2 (O Children is one of my favorites) and for writing the script of Lawless. I'll definitely be checking out some of these albums and songs. :)

    1. @Katy Rochelle: Thanks! I haven't even seen Harry Potter films(except the first one ages ago), so I couldn't say how the song fits with the movie :) Enjoy the albums

  3. Ahh, no love for Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!? That's the one album I love the most from Cave. I really need to give his last one some more listens.

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign: I like the lyrics on Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! though the production of the album didn’t grab me. The two singles are decent, but quite repetitive so I grew bored with them quickly. Maybe I need to give the full album another chance. Glad it works for you anyway :)


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