The Good Son [CD and DVD] [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Losing Wolf, aside from in the final reprise of "Lucy," but otherwise making no changes in the lineup, the Seeds followed up Tender Prey with the equally brilliant but generally calmer Good Son. At the time of its release, there were more than a few comments that Cave had somehow softened or sold out, given how he was more intent on exploring his dark, cabaret pop stylings than his thrashy, explosive side. This not only ignored the constant examples of such quieter material all the way back to From Her to Eternity, but Cave's own constant threads of lyrical darkness, whether in terms of romance or something all the more distressing. That said, the softly crooning group ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Losing Wolf, aside from in the final reprise of "Lucy," but otherwise making no changes in the lineup, the Seeds followed up Tender Prey with the equally brilliant but generally calmer Good Son. At the time of its release, there were more than a few comments that Cave had somehow softened or sold out, given how he was more intent on exploring his dark, cabaret pop stylings than his thrashy, explosive side. This not only ignored the constant examples of such quieter material all the way back to From Her to Eternity, but Cave's own constant threads of lyrical darkness, whether in terms of romance or something all the more distressing. That said, the softly crooning group vocals and sweet strings on the opening "Foi Na Cruz" certainly could catch some off guard. The title track itself captures the overall mood of the album, a retelling of the Bible's prodigal son story from the other son, the one who stayed at home and did what he was meant to do. The elegant, reflective "Lucy" and the staccato then sweeping "Lament" are two further high points, but the flat-out winners come dead center. "The Weeping Song," a magnificent duet between Cave and Bargeld, starts out sounding a bit like Gene Pitney's "Something's Gotta Hold of My Heart," which the Seeds covered on Pricks, before shading into its own powerful, blasted drama. "The Ship Song," meanwhile, equals if not overtakes the Scott Walker ballads Cave is so clearly inspired by, a soaring, tearjerking declaration of intense love that's simply amazing. [A bonus-DVD version was released in 2010.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Mute
  • UPC: 724596943922
  • Catalog Number: 69439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Foi Na Cruz (5:40)
  2. 2 The Good Son (6:03)
  3. 3 Sorrow's Child (4:39)
  4. 4 The Weeping Song (4:25)
  5. 5 The Ship Song (5:14)
  6. 6 The Hammer Song (4:17)
  7. 7 Lament (4:54)
  8. 8 The Witness Song (5:57)
  9. 9 Lucy (4:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Foi Na Cruz
  2. 2 The Good Son
  3. 3 Sorrow's Child
  4. 4 The Weeping Song
  5. 5 The Ship Song
  6. 6 The Hammer Song
  7. 7 Lament
  8. 8 The Witness Song
  9. 9 Lucy
  10. 10 The Train Song
  11. 11 Cocks 'N' Asses
  12. 12 Helpless
  13. 13 Do You Love Me Llike I Love You (Pt. 6: The Good Son) [Multimed
  14. 14 The Weeping Song
  15. 15 The Ship Song
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Primary Artist
Nick Cave Indexed Contributor, Harmonica, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Synthesizer Strings, Group Member
Blixa Bargeld Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Mick Harvey Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Vibes, Group Member
Kid Congo Powers Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar (Tremolo), Group Member
Rubinho Vocals
Thomas Wydler Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Roland Wolf Piano
Helena Akiku Imasato Violin
Léa Kalil Sadi Violin
Akira Terazaki Viola
Bronwyn Adams Background Vocals
Alexandre Ramirez Violin
Altamir Tea Bueno Salinas Violin
Brauliuo Marques Lima Cello
Cristina Manescu Cello
Clóvis Trindade Vocals
Glauco Masahiru Imasato Viola
Technical Credits
Nick Cave Composer, Lyricist
Blixa Bargeld Composer
Mick Harvey Sound Effects, Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Victor Van Vugt Producer, Engineer, drum machine
Simon Heyworth Mastering, Remastering
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Producer
Polly Borland Band Photo
Bill McGee String Arrangements
Shaun Connon Executive Producer
Rachel Willis Executive Producer
Amy Hanson Sleeve Notes
David Rowntree Executive Producer
Eileen Polk Cover Photo
Cláudia Ferreti String Coordinator
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