Entrancing and well programmed, this retrospective uses tone rather than chronology to chart its twisted progression. Cave, even his days with The Birthday Party, specialized in dark macabre themes, and this recording which traces his work from the Bad Seeds' 1984 debut From Her to Eternity, to his classic Murder Ballads and recent Boatman's Call. Highlights include "Henry Lee," which features PJ Harvey singing the role of a woman who stabs to death the man who rejected her. Cave himself is the killer on "Where Wild Roses Grow," which features Kylie Minogue singing sweetly as the young victim. Through much of the recording, the music is artfully gloomy but restrained, then on the final track, "From Her to Eternity," noisy guitars and industrial noise set the tone and the angst boils over and Cave sings "I can hear the most melancholy sound I've ever heard." It's a fine point to continue further investigation into the Bad Seeds catalogue, or to delve into The Birthday Party.