Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2005
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094633430600
  • Catalog Number: 3343060
  • Sales rank: 13,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Ready for Love (5:05)
  2. 2 Cannibal's Hymn (4:54)
  3. 3 Hiding All Away (6:31)
  4. 4 Messiah Ward (5:14)
  5. 5 There She Goes, My Beautiful World (5:17)
  6. 6 Nature Boy (4:54)
  7. 7 Abattoir Blues (3:58)
  8. 8 Let the Bells Ring (4:26)
  9. 9 Fable of the Brown Ape (5:15)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Lyre of Orpheus (5:36)
  2. 2 Breathless (3:13)
  3. 3 Babe, You Turn Me On (4:21)
  4. 4 Easy Money (6:43)
  5. 5 Supernaturally (4:37)
  6. 6 Spell (4:25)
  7. 7 Carry Me (3:37)
  8. 8 O Children (9:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Primary Artist
Nick Cave Indexed Contributor, 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
Ian Cooper Mastering
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Lars Fox Digital Editing
David "Sparky" Hughes Cover Photo
James Sclavunos Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    listen closely

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album!

    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.

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