Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus





For their thirteenth album, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have outdone themselves. The sheer amount of material required two separate discs, titled Abattoir Blues and The Lyre Of Orpheus. Nick Cave still croons with the best, but on the Abattoir disc the Seeds are here to rock your ass. The first track "Get Ready For Love" blasts with a feeling reminiscent of the choir-filled gospel rock of Spiritualized. Cave gets down and dirty with "Hiding All Away", combining the forces of noisy feedback drenched guitar and the London Community Gospel Choir. The disc is angry, dirty, bleak, and yet absolutely gorgeous. Few bands can pull off choir-fueled blues, and Cave has done just that. Moving on to disc two, Lyre is a much more atmospheric, mellow collection of songs. Hearing the contrast between the two discs makes you appreciate the decision to separate this release in half. "Breathless" is the complete opposite, comprised of acoustic guitars, recorders, Cave's patented croon, and an accessible melody that just begs for hand claps. In fact, it may be the closest thing to a pop song hat Cave has ever written. Another standout track is "Supernaturally", which blazes with distorted violins, aggressive acoustic guitars, and a pirate sing-along chorus that chants "hey, ho, oh baby don't you go." This disc concludes with "O Children", a final journey through the gospel of The Bad Seeds, filled with swirling piano lines and the lush sounds of the choir. I have heard Cave compared to a priest and a sideshow barker, and this release highlights both of these qualities. He preaches, he croons, and he writes damn good songs. If his mission was to convert passive listeners to devoted fans, consider me saved.

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