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Boatman's Call

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  • Audio CD (March 4 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002NE4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Into My Arms
2. Lime-Tree Arbour
3. People Ain't No Good
4. Brompton Oratory
5. There Is A Kingdom
6. (Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For?
7. Where Do We Go Now But Nowherer?
8. West Country Girl
9. Black Hair
10. Idiot Prayer
11. Far From Me
12. Green Eyes

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Digitally remastered deluxe two disc (CD + PAL/Region 2 DVD) edition of this 1997 album from the acclaimed singer/songwriter. This double disc edition contains the remastered stereo album on CD plus the new surround mix and a specially commissioned short film by UK artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard on the DVD plus the b-sides from the singles, videos and exclusive sleeve notes. Nick Cave formed the Bad Seeds following the end of his previous band Birthday Party. The Bad Seeds brought together former Birthday Party guitarist Mick Harvey (drums), ex-Magazine bassist Barry Adamson, and Einstrzende Neubauten guitarist Blixa Bargeld. EMI.

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After a career spent tearing down the world with horror and disgust, Nick Cave finally sounds ready to start rebuilding from scratch. He's begun to find a quiet grace, and perhaps even beauty, past all the darkness that's long consumed him. Amid the ashes of a world unable to exorcise its demons, Cave actually finds love; a strange, twisted, doomed love, perhaps--but love nevertheless.

On The Boatman's Call, Cave's latest collection, the singer-songwriter finds room for the personal, the spiritual, and even the hopeful in his grey psyche. With only the sparest accompaniment--often just a piano or organ, light percussion, and violin (care of Dirty Three's Warren Ellis)--Cave employs traditional folk song structure and simplicity to weave tales saddened less through tragedy as through emptiness. Songs like "Into My Arms" and "(Are You) The One That I've Been Waiting For?" are among Cave's most self-assured and soulful to date. Stripped down and grown up--though still ghoulish and grave--Cave the storyteller has turned into something of a vampire Springsteen.

Ultimately, The Boatman's Call sounds like Cave's attempt to poison his cake and eat it too. For a record so resolute in its denial of divinity, The Boatman's Call's obsession with religious themes and imagery might seem contradictory if they hadn't come from someone like Cave, who fancies himself a fallen angel searching for a ladder back to heaven. Where Gothic meets cathedral, there resides, for better or worse, our dark saint Nick. --Roni Sarig


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Nick Cave is many different things to many different people. However he is generally only thought of as "The Ausralian Black Prince of Gothic Rock" in the printed media. Regardless of what you want to call him, in The Boatman's Call he has produced a beautiful and amazing masterpiece. More his own personal work, than a Bad Seeds album, Nick Cave produces some of his greatest Lyrics and Tunes that are rich in imagery, allegory and sadness. Such songs as "People Ain't No Good" "Brompton Oratory" "Where Do We Go But Nowhere" "Into My Arms" "Are you the one I Have Been Waiting For" are some of his best recordings in an career that has spanned more than twenty years. Maybe not for everybody, but the music is undeniably beautiful if incredibly sad. A good album to listen to when you are depressed, for Mr Cave will make you feel better in the knowing that there is at least one more tormented soul out there.
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I am so happy to be ordering "The Boatman's Call"; it was stolen, along with all my other CDs, from my car a while ago. It is just such a dark, moody, wonderful album. The music itself is understated and lush, and it does not overpower Nick Cave's voice. As for the aforementioned singer, his lyrics are so dark that they are unforgettable. He sings passionately but not over-the-top; this whole album (and I do mean the whole, because this is one record that you can listen to from start to finish and get a cohesive feeling about) is just right on the mark. I also recommend "The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds" if you like this one, or even if you don't. :)
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This CD has been rightly praised by critics as a high point in the arc of the NC and Bad Seeds Discography. It has been rated by many critics as being one of the best 50 or best 100 albums of the 1990's and I would actually place it in the top 25 of that decade. This remastered version has cleaned up the sound a bit so that its spare production and mostly minimalist approach to instrumentation comes across beautifully. The piano, which features prominently on many tunes, sounds gorgeous. Into My Arms is one of the most beautiful ballads of all time, by any artist, but there is not a bad cut on the entire CD. Buy and enjoy.
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This album is THE fruit created after the famous and critically acclaimed Murder Ballads album. Amazing isn't it? This album was written during the time of the Murder Ballads albums. It is a more mature and poetic Nick Cave singing behind that Grand Piano with the sweet sounds of the Dirty Three's violinist Warren Ellis. It shows a side of him that no one has ever seen before, talking about love, religion, and life. What do you expect from a "Subdued album" that is intended for the romantics? Pick this album up and you won't be disatisfied. Hey Nick, don't let them talk you down...
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If you missed out on this one when it was released as I did, don't forever rue the day, correct your error now. The Boatman's Call is the shining pearl buried for so many years in Nick Cave's irritated soul. "Into My Arms" is one of the most beautiful, poignant songs ever written and the cd's caliber drops little from that auspicious beginning. This is not "essential Nick Cave" it's just essential. A classic piece of music for the ages.
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I love this album. One of two or three I listened to most in the past five years. Two songs that worked a miracle or two for me are brompton oratory and people ain't no good. Somehow as if Cave was inspired to speak in tongues. But, then, I am not a fan or anything just a casual listener. The song I could do without is the last one, green eyes: it drags on and on.
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