Murder Ballads [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In some ways, Murder Ballads is the record Nick Cave was waiting to make his entire career. Death and violence have always haunted his music, even when he wasn't explicitly singing about the subject. On Murder Ballads, he sings about nothing but death in the most gruesome, shocking fashion. Divided between originals and covers, the record is awash in both morbid humor and sobering horror, as the Bad Seeds provide an appropriate backdrop for the carnage, alternating between blues, country, and lounge-jazz. Opening the affair is "Song for Joy," a tale from a father who has witnessed his family's death at the hands of serial killer. It is the most disturbing number...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In some ways, Murder Ballads is the record Nick Cave was waiting to make his entire career. Death and violence have always haunted his music, even when he wasn't explicitly singing about the subject. On Murder Ballads, he sings about nothing but death in the most gruesome, shocking fashion. Divided between originals and covers, the record is awash in both morbid humor and sobering horror, as the Bad Seeds provide an appropriate backdrop for the carnage, alternating between blues, country, and lounge-jazz. Opening the affair is "Song for Joy," a tale from a father who has witnessed his family's death at the hands of serial killer. It is the most disturbing number on the record, lacking any of the gallows humor that balances out the other songs. Cave's duets with Kylie Minogue "Where the Wild Roses Grow" and PJ Harvey "Henry Lee" are intriguing, but the true tours de force of the album are "Stagger Lee" and "O'Malley's Bar." Working from an obscure, vulgar variation on "Stagger Lee," Cave increases the sordidness of the song, making Stagger an utterly irredeemable character. The original "O'Malley's Bar" is even stronger, as he spins a bizarrely funny epic of one man's slaughter of an entire bar. During "O'Malley's Bar," Cave and the Bad Seeds are at the height of their powers and the performances rank among the best they have ever recorded.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/1996
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624619529
  • Catalog Number: 46195

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Primary Artist, Track Performer
Nick Cave Indexed Contributor, Organ, Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kylie Minogue Vocals
Dave Graney Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Anita Lane Vocals
PJ Harvey Vocals
Jenny Anderson Violin
Blixa Bargeld Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Martyn Casey Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Terry Edwards Horn
Warren Ellis Violin, Accordion, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Mick Harvey Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Space Belt
Geri Johnson Vocals, Choir, Chorus
James Johnston Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Shane MacGowan Vocals
Helen Mountfort Cello
Conway Savage Organ, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Thomas Wydler Trombone, Drums, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Liz Corcoran Vocals
Kerran Coulter Viola
Mariella del Conte Vocals
Brian Hooper Bass, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Ian Johnson Choir, Chorus
Spencer P. Jones Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Clare Moore Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Astrid Munday Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Hugo Race Guitar
Sue Simpson Violin
Bad Seed Track Performer
Jen Anderson Violin
Katherine Blake Vocals, Choir, Chorus
James Sclavunos Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Bells
Rowland S. Howard Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Nick Cave Arranger, Sound Effects, Producer, Contributor, String Arrangements
Anita Lane Sound Effects, Contributor
Blixa Bargeld Sound Effects
Mick Harvey Arranger, Contributor, String Arrangements
Victor Van Vugt Producer
Tony Cohen Producer
Bad Seed Producer
Ray Staff Mastering
Johannes Beck Art Direction
James Sclavunos Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Caution: Amazing, but be careful...

    Nick Cave has always shown himself to be an artist. As with a good chunk of his work, it's amazing... and heartbreaking. Beware, if you don't want to wallow, don't listen to it. If you want to wallow for just a bit, play it and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a Dark Place

    And Nick Cave leads you there with all the aplomb of the mythical ferryman of Styx. What makes this CD so appealing? So many different perspectives on Murder, on dying. This shows murder and death in all its perverse forms, shows sorrow, rage, jealousy, betrayal, hatred, seduction, banality and unltimately, a hopeful redemption, no matter how ugly a death is. This is well worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This rules

    Man this is a great cd. Nick mesmorizes with his vocals. The lyrics are great/grim. I can't stop listening. My girlfriend thinks I am a freak! gotta get this!

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