Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

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by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
     
 

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Nick Cave has never shied away from swinging for the fences, but even by his standards, this sprawling double-disc set is remarkably rife with both chancy moves and grand gestures. At first listen, Abattoir Blues and The Lyre of Orpheus would seem to be virtual polar opposites: The former is lashed with fierce guitar work and wildly wailing choral vocals

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Nick Cave has never shied away from swinging for the fences, but even by his standards, this sprawling double-disc set is remarkably rife with both chancy moves and grand gestures. At first listen, Abattoir Blues and The Lyre of Orpheus would seem to be virtual polar opposites: The former is lashed with fierce guitar work and wildly wailing choral vocals, while the latter is more meditative and rooted in traditional folk-blues. But a scratch of the surface reveals the same sort of spirit -- alternately darkly humorous and existentially yearning -- running through the veins of both. Cave has never sounded as optimistic as he does here, preaching the gospel of true romance on the roiling "Get Ready for Love" and venturing back to his own childhood for the surprisingly open neo-bubblegum ditty "Nature Boy." Many of the songs here rank among Cave's most unguarded, and that soul baring reveals just as many regular-Joe moments -- like the come-hither honky-tonk croon "Babe, You Turn Me On" -- as dark night of the soul forays, such as the murder ballad, "O Children," that wraps up The Lyre of Orpheus. Perhaps most important, Cave keeps his rapier wit unsheathed for the duration, which allows him to reference both St. John of the Cross and Johnny Thunders in the environmentalist hymn "There She Goes, My Beautiful World." The darkness that's usually so prevalent on Cave's discs isn't entirely absent, but more than ever, it sounds as though he's reaching out of it, rather than trying to pull listeners into it.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2005
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0094633430600
catalogNumber:
3343060
Rank:
11195

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Primary Artist
Nick Cave   Piano,Vocals
Martyn Casey   Bass
Warren Ellis   Bouzouki,Flute,Mandolin,Violin
Mick Harvey   Guitar
James Johnston   Organ
London Community Gospel Choir   Vocals
Wendy Rose   Vocals
Conway Savage   Piano
Thomas Wydler   Percussion,Drums
Donovan Lawrence   Vocals
Stephanie Meade   Vocals
James Sclavunos   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Nick Cave   Composer
Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
David "Sparky" Hughes   Cover Photo
James Sclavunos   Composer

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Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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I've been a Nick Cave fan for ten years now, and this is one of his strongest albums I have in my collection. The fist album, Abbatoir Blues, is more of a rock n' roll soirée, where most of the tracks jingle and jangle. The Lyre of Orpheus, the second disc, is full of autumnal soundscapes that are just as elegant as they are eerie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While working on a script for over eight overbearing years, I come upon Cave's new albums. Having just taken in the awesome spirital "U2" release, these albums solidifies my mission and the story I must tell. In these times of MINDLESS, MINDLESS slop, can we not come full circle again? Can we trust, love, agree, be, what God always envisioned us to be? I wish it so. Somebody has to stand up to the decline of humanity. This album stands up, and then some. Like the Bible, this latest effort by Cave needs constant confirmation. With each listen, the lyrics grow, forcing you to take stock in yourself and the world around us.