Nocturama

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although Nick Cave's emotional intensity hasn't exactly waned in recent years, he's tended to couch his obsessive-compulsive musings in calmer hues -- murder ballads, as he likes to call them. Nocturama is peppered with such troubadour-styled allegories, but much of the disc is given over to the utterly unhinged passion that Cave loosed throughout his days with the Birthday Party and the better part of the Bad Seeds nascence. On "Dead Man in My Bed," his mad cackle conjures up harrowing padded-cell visions, while the draining 14-minute closer, "Babe, I'm on Fire," ramps up visions of the River Styx and we don't mean Dennis DeYoung's band with an intensity worthy of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although Nick Cave's emotional intensity hasn't exactly waned in recent years, he's tended to couch his obsessive-compulsive musings in calmer hues -- murder ballads, as he likes to call them. Nocturama is peppered with such troubadour-styled allegories, but much of the disc is given over to the utterly unhinged passion that Cave loosed throughout his days with the Birthday Party and the better part of the Bad Seeds nascence. On "Dead Man in My Bed," his mad cackle conjures up harrowing padded-cell visions, while the draining 14-minute closer, "Babe, I'm on Fire," ramps up visions of the River Styx and we don't mean Dennis DeYoung's band with an intensity worthy of Dante's Inferno. His backing band -- keyed by the alternately shadowy and stark violin playing of Dirty Three man Warren Ellis who really shines on the oblique lament "Right Out of Your Hand" -- walks a fine line between film-noir moodiness and swamp-thing creepiness, with Cave seemingly just as comfortable -- and just as compelling -- in either setting.
All Music Guide
Everything on Nocturama sounds like something Cave has done before. "He Wants You" is a smooth love song, "Still in Love" is a gothic love song, and "Wonderful Life" has a nice, slinky beat and a memorable melody. There are also a couple of songs that revisit the old storm-and-bang days of the Birthday Party and early Bad Seeds. Add to that the racing tempos, jagged guitars, and shouted vocals of "Dead Man in My Bed" and the seemingly endless "Babe, I'm on Fire," which is a welcome blast of energy. ~ Slash Enburn
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
Most people this pretentious or literary don't rock so hard or write tunes so good.
Blender - Arion Berger
The songs are rousing and poetic, with a deep bottom and gorgeous piano lines vying like the forces of darkness and light.

Most people this pretentious or literary don't rock so hard or write tunes so good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778666812
  • Catalog Number: 86668

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Primary Artist
Nick Cave Indexed Contributor, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Chris Bailey Vocals
Blixa Bargeld Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Martyn Casey Bass
Warren Ellis Violin
Mick Gallagher Background Vocals
Mick Harvey Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Chaz Jankel Background Vocals
Conway Savage Background Vocals
Norman Watt-Roy Background Vocals
Thomas Wydler Percussion, Drums
Blockheads Background Vocals
Johnny Turnbull Background Vocals
Michael Gallagher Background Vocals
Bad Seeds Background Vocals
James Sclavunos Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Nick Cave Arranger, Composer, Producer
Nick Launay Producer, Engineer
Ian Cooper Mastering
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Producer
Lars Fox Digital Editing
Bad Seeds Arranger, Producer
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