Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – The boatman’s call

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Published on 15 February 2019 by

Stephen Thomas Erlewine:  ‘Murder Ballads brought Nick Cave’s morbidity to near-parodic levels, which makes the disarmingly frank and introspective songs of The Boatman’s Call all the more startling. A song cycle equally inspired by Cave’s failed romantic affairs and religious doubts, The Boatman’s Call captures him at his most honest and despairing — while he retains a fascination for gothic, Biblical imagery, it has little of the grand theatricality and self-conscious poetics that made his albums emotionally distant in the past. This time, there’s no posturing, either from Cave or the Bad Seeds. The music is direct, yet it has many textures, from blues to jazz, which offer a revealing and sympathetic bed for Cave’s best, most affecting songs. The Boatman’s Call is one of his finest albums and arguably the masterpiece he has been promising throughout his career.’

 

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – The boatman’s call Tracklist

01 Into my arms 00:00
02 Lime tree arbour 04:16
03 People ain’t no good 07:13
04 Brompton oratory 12:55
05 There is a kingdom 17:02
06 (Are you) the one that I’ve been waiting for? 21:55
07 Where do we go now but nowhere? 26:01
08 West country girl 31:47
09 Black hair 34:33
10 Idiot prayer 38:48
11 Far from me 43:10
12 Green eyes 48:44

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